Football - Mon, Oct. 6, 2008
Findlay, Ohio - Saint Xavier University senior defensive back Chris Rodgers (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) was named the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League Special Teams Player of the Week when the league released the honor early Monday morning. Rodgers set a new school record Saturday by blocking three punts in SXU's 23-7 homecoming victory over Walsh University (Ohio) at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field. The blocked punts helped the Cougars gain great field position in the game with ensuing drives starting at the Walsh 39, 38, and 15 yard lines due to the standout special teams plays.
It was the third time in 2008 that SXU has garnered the weekly offensive award with freshman kicker A.J. Nichols (Tinley Park, Ill./Mount Carmel) earning special team recognition last week and junior wide receiver/punter Bill McKeon (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) capturing the honor following the opening week. It is the fourth time this season the Cougars have had a MSFA Player of the Week in any category with senior quarterback Jeremy Zientek (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) earning offensive player of the week honors two weeks ago.
Saint Xavier (3-2 overall) heads to Columbus, Ohio, this Saturday for a highly anticipated MSFA Mideast League match-up against No. 8 Ohio Dominican University (Ohio). Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 11:30 a.m. central time at Panther Field in Columbus. Last season, the game came down to the wire as SXU fell, 42-41, to ODU in its homecoming game in Chicago.