Football - Wed, May 9, 2007
CHICAGO - The Saint Xavier University football team filled some more holes in its 2007 roster with the recent signings of six incoming freshmen from the Chicagoland area. The six new Cougars include: Adam Sanders from Chicago Ridge, Ill., Brett Ferm from New Lenox, Ill., Bryan Tyzenhaus from Plainfield, Ill., Rene Reyes and Jose Gonzalez from Chicago, and Michael Brauer from Bolingbrook, Ill. The six preps have all signed letters of intent with SXU and will continue their academic and athletic careers as members of the Cougar football team next fall.

Sanders played both offensive and defensive line at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Ill., under coach Gary Korhonen. He was an all-area selection for both the Daily Southtown and Star Publications. He will play at the defensive line position for his collegiate career with Saint Xavier.

"Adam is going to have a heck of a career at SXU," said Saint Xavier head football coach Mike Feminis. "He is a strong, tough young man and comes off the ball really well. He reminds me a lot of Justin Tuffs (current SXU defensive lineman and 2007 All-MSFA Midwest League Second Team selection)."

The additions of Ferm and Tyzenhaus will add depth to the linebacker corps for Saint Xavier. Ferm is 6-1 and 210 pounds and was an all-conference linebacker at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox under coach Rob Gliemi. Tyzenhaus is 5-10 and 200 pounds and played prep football and earned all-conference recognition at Plainfield Central High School in Plainfield under coach John Jackson.

"Brett and Bryan are two solid outside linebackers," said Feminis. "They will probably be red-shirted as freshmen, but I can see them contributing down the road on defense and special teams."

Reyes was an all-conference defensive back for De La Salle Institute in Chicago under coach Dan O'Keefe. Due to his experience playing a number of different positions at the high school level, Feminis feels that Reyes will help out in different areas on the defensive side of the ball in the future.

"Rene played a lot of different positions in high school," said Feminis. "He will probably wind up playing at outside linebacker or strong safety for us in the future." With the additions of Gonzalez and Brauer, the Cougars will bring depth to their offensive line. Gonzalez hails from Washington High School in Chicago where he was named an all-conference selection under coach Thomas Johnson, while Brauer played at Bolingbrook High School under coach John Ivlow and was also an all-conference offensive lineman.

"Michael and Jose will need some time to develop, but they both have solid potential," said Feminis.