Colin Luczynski
Colin Luczynski
Football - Thu, Aug. 19, 2010

CHICAGO - With preseason practices well under way and the season opener against Bethel University (Tenn.) in a week, Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis got a huge boost to his defense in the form of Colin Luczynski, a 6-2, 245-pound defensive lineman with a year of eligibility remaining after playing three seasons at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Luczynski will reunite with a number of his former Lincoln-Way East teammates from the 2005 IHSA Class 8A state championship team, including SXU senior quarterback Anthony Kropp (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) and senior cornerback Pat Geary (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way East). Feminis could not be happier with the late addition.

"I've known Colin for five years since I recruited him out of high school and he was in the same class and close friends with four of the great kids we got that year from Lincoln-Way East (Kropp, Geary, Wade Novak and Corey Smith)," said Feminis. "I have a ton of respect for Coach Rob Zvonar (his former Lincoln-Way East head coach) and he called me to speak on Colin's behalf as did Colin's coach at Eastern Illinois, who had nothing but great things to say about him. First and foremost, Colin is on target to graduate next spring, which is the most important part. As an athlete, I think Colin will have an immediate impact and make our defense even better. Once he familiarizes himself with our defensive schemes, he will add to an already imposing front."

Luczynski played in all 12 games for the EIU Panthers last season and posted 22 total tackles, including 4.5 tackles for losses and a sack. Eastern Illinois finished 8-4 last season and ended the 2009 campaign with a No. 19 national ranking in the Sports Network FCS Top 25 poll. In 2008, he recorded nine tackles with three coming for losses. Luczynski plans to complete a degree in business management at Saint Xavier University starting this fall.

SXU kicks off its 2010 season with a Thursday night road game (Aug. 26) against non-conference foe Bethel University (Tenn.) at 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium in McKenzie, Tenn. The home opener is set for Thursday, September 2, at 7 p.m. with the Cougars taking on former MSFA Midwest League rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago.