Football - Fri, Jul. 13, 2007
Charlotte, N.C. - Under the direction of head coach Mike Feminis, the Saint Xavier University football team heads into the 2007 season ranked No. 5 nationally among NAIA institutions in Street & Smith's 2007 College Football Annual, which hit newsstands nationwide in late June. In addition, senior placekicker Shane Longest (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) was named to Street & Smith's 2007 NAIA Preseason All-American Team.
"Being ranked No. 5 nationally by a publication as well-respected and heaped with tradition as Street & Smith's is a wonderful honor for our school and football program," said Feminis. "Plus, having Shane listed as the only kicker on the Preseason All-American Team was even more good news. Shane has a very powerful leg and I'm certain that we will rely on it a number of times during the course of the season. I'm just glad he's on our side."
In 2006, Longest led SXU in scoring with 90 total points, the most ever scored in a season by a SXU kicker. He connected on 15 of his 18 field goal attempts (83 percent) last fall, including a perfect 7-for-7 clip from distances of 40-49 yards. His 15 field goals set a new single-season record at Saint Xavier. Longest also booted 45 of his 47 extra-point attempts (96 percent) through the uprights last season.
Street & Smith's Sports Annuals are written for fervent fans of America's major sports: baseball, pro and college football and pro and college basketball. With a total of more than 2 million copies, Street & Smith's has been a part of American sports for more than 60 years. Beginning in 1940 with the first college football edition, Street & Smith's produced the first publications to offer a complete review of the previous season and comprehensive preview of the coming one.
Saint Xavier had an impressive 2006 campaign finishing with a 10-3 overall record and ranked No. 9 nationally and qualified for the NAIA Championship Series for only the third time in the program's 14-year history. SXU advanced all the way to the semi-finals falling to No. 1 ranked University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on December 2 marking the first time ever that Saint Xavier has moved past the first round in postseason play.