Football - Wed, Feb. 15, 2006
CHICAGO - Patrick New, Brett Berg, Drew Rogowski, Mike Cavanaugh, and Tom Gbur have all recently signed letters of intent to continue both their athletic and academic careers at Saint Xavier University as members of the Cougar football program. The group of five incoming freshmen include two defensive backs, a wide receiver, a defensive lineman, and a kicker/punter.
New played at Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill., under Gary Goforth. The Naperville, Ill., native will play at the defensive back position next season for the Cougars.
"Pat comes from good genes," said Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis. "I played high school football against his father twenty plus years ago and he was a heck of an athlete. Pat Jr. is a lot like his father in regards to quickness and athleticism. He is going to be a good corner for us."
Berg was both a wide receiver and defensive back at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Ill., under Mike O'Neill. As a freshman, he is expected to come into the 2006 season at Saint Xavier as a wide receiver, but has the abilities needed to play different positions as his career progresses.
"Brett is a solid athlete, who can play on either side of the ball," said Feminis. "Our coaching staff will have to see where we are at after spring ball with our returning players and new recruits to see where Brett will fit in best."
Rogowski, who hails from Griffith, Ind., was a standout defensive back and running back at Griffith High School under Russ Radtke. He was an all-state first team selection by both the Indiana Football Coaches Association (IFCA) and the Bloomington Herald in addition to being named the Hammond Times Offensive Player of the Year. Rogowski is expected to play as a defensive back next fall.
"Drew was voted the Player of the Year in Northwest Indiana," said Feminis. "He is a tremendous athlete and his motor never stops. Drew can probably make an immediate impact for us on the defensive side of the ball and may very well be a future All-American at our level."
Cavanaugh is a kicker/punter from Homer Glen, Ill., who played prep football at Lockport Township High School in Lockport under Bret Kooi. Cavanaugh has the abilities to handle both place kicking and punting duties for a team, which makes him extremely valuable to the Saint Xavier coaching staff.
"Mike has got a solid leg and is extremely valuable because he does both kicking and punting," said Feminis. "Our coaching staff is hoping to redshirt him this season with Sean Collins (current SXU punter) being a senior and Shane Longest (current SXU kicker) coming in as a junior. Mike has a shot to be a good one."
Feminis also signed Gbur from Darien, Ill., who played at Hinsdale South High School under James Kirwan. During his high school career, Gbur played on both the offensive and defensive lines, but is expected to just play on the defensive line as a Cougar at Saint Xavier University.
"Tom was a two-way player in high school, who will probably end up on the defensive side of the ball for us," said Feminis. "He will need a couple years to physically get bigger, but I think Tom has a chance to help us down the road."