Coach Mike Feminis is excited about the start of the spring football practice sessions
Coach Mike Feminis is excited about the start of the spring football practice sessions
Football - Tue, Apr. 5, 2011
CHICAGO - Kicking off spring practice sessions this week, the Saint Xavier University football team also started preparations for its annual Scarlet-Gray Spring Scrimmage on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at Bruce R. Deaton Memorial Field in Chicago. The scrimmage is free and open to the general public. The Cougars are coming off another spectacular season finishing 13-1 overall for the second straight year, winning their second consecutive Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League title and advancing all the way to the semifinals of the 2010 NAIA Championship Series before falling to eventual national champion Carroll College (Mont.). It marks the second season in a row that SXU has been eliminated from postseason play in semifinals action by the NAIA national champion.

"I'm really looking forward to spring practice, because we will have some competition for jobs in areas that have not been a concern for a few years," said Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis. "The quarterback derby between Joe Gill and Jimmy Coy should be exciting. Joe has a great grasp of the offense after being Anthony Kropp's back-up last year and both guys have accurate arms. Jimmy is a heck of an athlete, who can give us a running dimension as well at the position that we have not had in a long time. It is not just the quarterback position though. We have some guys who have bided their time playing behind some great players and they will finally get the opportunity to prove something. It should be very interesting."

Feminis also released the 2011 slate for the SXU football season. One of the big differences from previous years will be that the 2011 regular season only consists of 10 games for the first time since 2006. The Cougars open the campaign at home on Saturday, September 3, against Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). One of the highlighted dates on the schedule will be a key conference meeting with Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League rival University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Saturday, October 1, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

"I would prefer to play 11 games, but finding a non-conference game was virtually impossible," continued Feminis. "The NCAA Division III schools in the area won't play us and I didn't have any luck with the Division II or NAIA schools either for various reasons. I even tried our state schools, but they either did not have the same open date as us or are not willing to play non-Division I teams."

Click here to see the 2011 schedule