Football - Fri, Apr. 25, 2008
CHICAGO - There will be no shortage of entertainment for the Saint Xavier University football program this weekend. On Saturday, April 26, the Cougars will host their annual Scarlet-Gray Spring Scrimmage at 11 a.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago to culminate the end of its spring practice sessions. The scrimmage is free and open to the public. On Sunday, April 27, a host of Cougar players, coaches, and fans will be at Gilhooley's Grande Saloon at 4 p.m. to watch the final rounds of the 2008 NFL Draft to see if former senior kicker/punter Shane Longest (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) will have his name called among the 250+ draftees selected from the top collegiate football players in the country.
"This is definitely a big weekend for our program and the fact that we may have our first NFL draftee in Shane Longest makes me very proud," said SXU football coach Mike Feminis. "He has been working tirelessly since he got his invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine back in late December and now it all comes down to this weekend. Even if his name is not called Sunday, Shane has an extremely good chance of signing with a team as a free agent. I think he will definitely be in a NFL training camp somewhere this summer."
Saint Xavier ended its 2007 season with a 10-3 overall record. It was the third straight season the Cougars have qualified for the 16-team NAIA Championships Series and the second straight year it has earned a berth to at least the quarterfinals. SXU finished with a No. 8 national rank in the 2007 NAIA Football Top 25 Postseason Coaches' Poll, which was released on January 14, 2008.