Football - Tue, Jan. 18, 2005
Olathe, Kan. - Matthew Derry, a standout senior strong safety on the Saint Xavier University football team, was recently named a 2004 Daktronics-NAIA Football All-America Scholar-Athlete by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national office in Olathe, Kan. Derry is a biology major at Saint Xavier University and possesses a 3.618 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

"Matt is the type of student-athlete, who is every coaches' dream," said Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis. "You're talking about an unbelievable player, who has received both all-conference and all-american recognition at two different positions (linebacker and strong safety) during his college career. Academically, Matt has simply excelled in what is probably considered the most demanding major at Saint Xavier (biology). To say our coaching staff is going to miss him would be an understatement."

Derry did not just have success in the classroom. He made his impact felt on the field as well. In the Cougars' 11 games last fall, Derry recorded a team-leading 73 total tackles, including 62 solos, in addition to 7.5 tackles for losses totaling 46 yards. He also had 2.5 sacks, two interceptions, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble en route to being named to the 2004 All-MSFA (Mid-States Football Association) Midwest First Team as a defensive back.

Saint Xavier finished the 2004 campaign with an overall record of 7-4 for its fifth straight winning season. The Cougars finished in a tie for second place with Trinity International University (Ill.) in the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest League with a 5-2 mark. SXU also ended the 2004 season rated No. 23 nationally in the final 2004 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Football Ratings. It is the fourth straight year the Cougars have finished the season rated in the NAIA's top 25.

To qualify for Daktronics -NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete honors, student-athletes must be nominated by an institution's head coach, be a junior or above in academic standing, and possess a 3.5 or above grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Derry was also named a Daktronics-NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete following Saint Xavier's 2003 season.