Football - Fri, Mar. 13, 2009
CHICAGO - Head coach Mike Feminis continued to build his 2009 Saint Xavier University football roster with the recent addition of six recruits with the signings of Tom Lynch, Jimmy Sandling, Justin Janicke, Shane Zachery, Moises Perez and Dennis Julliano. Lynch, a 5-9 and 185-pound kicker/punter, transfers to the Cougars from Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Ill.; while Sandling, a 6-0 and 240-pound defensive end, joins SXU out of NCAA Division II University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Ind. The remaining four newcomers all come out of area high school programs. Janicke (linebacker, 5-11, 210 pounds) and Zachery (wide receiver, 5-11, 180 pounds) hail from Rockford Boylan High School in Rockford, Ill., while Perez (offensive line, 6-1, 250 pounds) played prep football at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, Ill., and Julliano (offensive line, 6-5, 230 pounds) comes out of Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Ill.

"Tom was one of the best kickers in the state coming out of Lincoln-Way East High School a couple of years ago," said Feminis. "He will definitely be competing for the starting job right away. Jimmy is a Joe Miller (former Cougar standout at linebacker) clone, but even a little thicker. He plays with great tenacity and has a motor that never stops. Like Miller, we are going to play him down at defensive end for at least his first year to get him on the field. He fills a huge need for us and I expect him to make an immediate impact.

"We've created quite a pipeline of great players from the Rockford area and that conference (NIC-10)," continued Feminis. "Justin and Shane come from an outstanding program at Rockford Boylan and I can't thank Dan Appino (Boylan head football coach) enough for pushing his kids to SXU. I have no doubt that Justin and Shane will have outstanding careers here. Dennis is all of 6-5 and might play at 260 or 270 down the road. Moises has good size as well, but will definitely need some time to develop."

Saint Xavier kicks off its 2009 season on Thursday, August 27, with a home night game. The game will pit the Cougars against 2006 and 2007 NAIA postseason qualifier Bethel College (Tenn.) at 7 p.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Stadium in Chicago.