Football - Mon, Dec. 15, 2008
Waco, Texas - Saint Xavier University senior Chris Rodgers (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) was one of just four defensive backs nationwide named to the 2008 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team when the team was announced by the AFCA Selection Committee Monday. The 25-player team highlights 11 offensive players, 11 defensive players, and three specialists (placekicker, punter, and all-purpose player) from around the NAIA and all selections are voted on and decided by NAIA football coaches. This year marks just the third time since the AFCA began chosing an All-America Team in 1945 that an All-NAIA Team was selected (first in 2006).
"Chris had a tremendous career at Saint Xavier University and put an exclamation point on it by having a huge senior season," said SXU head football coach Mike Feminis. "He caused fits for opposing quarterbacks all season long and seemed to take his play to a higher level for all our big' games. His athletic ability allowed us to also utilize him for punt blocking schemes this year and he set a school record that may never be broken by blocking three punts in a single game. Chris is an amazing talent who will be sorely missed next fall."
Rodgers wrapped up his sensational collegiate career this fall by recording 46 tackles, three interceptions and 18 pass break-ups for the Cougars. He also set a SXU record by blocking three punts in the homecoming game against Walsh University (Ohio) on October 4. Rodgers joins former Cougars Andy Ricca (wide receiver) and Shane Longest (punter/kicker) as the only three Saint Xavier football players to be named to the AFCA-NAIA Coaches' All-America Team since 2006.