After wrapping up another huge season with a No. 3 national ranking and its second straight 13-1 final overall record, Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis
started filling some spots on his 2011 roster with four talented transfers from the Chicagoland area. Quarterback Jimmy Coy
from Valdosta State University (Ga.) in Valdosta, Ga.; defensive back Tyler Hoeg
from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.; defensive lineman JD Barchard
from University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) and wide receiver Jason Spencer
from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., all recently signed letters of intent to transfer to SXU this spring. Coy will join the Cougars as a senior with one year of eligibility remaining, while Hoeg, Barchard and Spencer each red-shirted last fall and have all four years of playing eligibility.
Coy is 6-0 and 205 pounds and originally hails from Park Ridge, where he attended Maine South High School. Coy also played two seasons at El Camino Junior College in California and threw for 2,755 yards with 17 touchdowns (three rushing) during the 2008 campaign while earning an honorable mention spot on the Junior College Athletic Bureau-California Community College Football Coaches Association All-America Team. Hoeg, at 6-2 and 185 pounds, is also a Chicago area native from Channahon, Ill., and played prep football at Minooka High School in Minooka, Ill. Barchard is 6-3 and 230 pounds and hails from Crystal Lake, Ill., where he enjoyed a standout prep career (all-area and all-conference) at Crystal Lake South High School. Spencer is a Bloomingdale, Ill., native and played at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream. He is 6-1 and 175 pounds.
"Jimmy is a very talented young man, who has been in spread offenses his entire life, so it should be a fairly easy transition for him to learn our system," said Feminis. "He is looking to finish his academic and athletic career closer to home and was impressed with what he saw of our offense and the success we have had as a team. We feel like we have four outstanding quarterbacks (Joe Gill, Colton Vinovich and Trace Wanless) with the addition of Jimmy, so spring practice should be very interesting.
"Tyler potentially fills a big hole for us at cornerback after losing both Pat Geary
and Drew Rogowski
to graduation," continued Feminis. "He is a tall, athletic corner and will definitely be in the mix this spring competing for a starting position. JD also wanted to be closer to home and we are fortunate to get him. Like Michael Prosser
, Patrick Appino
and Jimmy Sandling
(current SXU defensive linemen), JD was an outstanding linebacker in high school that we are going to convert to defensive line. He should have a great future at Saint Xavier. Jason is a nice athlete and the spring will be important for him to make an impression on the staff and hopefully he will help us down the road."