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."
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.