Football - Tue, Oct. 7, 2008
Kansas City, Mo. - Saint Xavier University senior defensive back Chris Rodgers (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) was named the NAIA Football Special Teams Player of the Week late Monday for his impressive performance in Saturday's 23-7 homecoming win over Walsh University (Ohio) this past Saturday in Chicago. Rodgers set a new school record by blocking three punts in the game and also earned Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League Special Teams Player of the Week honors early Monday morning. It is SXU's second national player of the week honoree in football this season with senior quarterback Jeremy Zientek (Oak Lawn, Ill./Marist) earning national offensive player of the week recognition two weeks ago.
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. Rodgers now has four blocked kicks in his collegiate career at SXU with all four of them coming during the 2008 season.
Saint Xavier (3-2 overall) heads to Columbus, Ohio, this Saturday for a highly anticipated MSFA Mideast League match-up against No. 15 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.