CHICAGO – Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis was thrilled to learn that his program recently gained the services of a pair of NCAA Division I transfers next season in former Northern Illinois University (Ill.) punter Mark Strbjak and University of Pennsylvania linebacker Michael Mettille. Strbjak (6-3, 200 lbs.) originally hails from Munster, Ind., and will likely also compete for playing time at quarterback for the Cougars starting next season. Mettille (6-2, 215 lbs.) is a Morris, Ill., native and joins the SXU football program with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
"Mark is a tremendous addition and along with (current SXU quarterback) John Rhode, we have two outstanding quarterbacks in the program," said Feminis. "Mark is a terrific athlete, who like John can sling the ball around and is also a legitimate running threat. He was the best punter in Indiana coming out of high school, so we'll certainly use him in that role as well. The spring season will be very interesting and I'm really looking forward to watching John and Mark compete.
"Michael was one of our top defensive recruits coming out of Joliet Catholic Academy his senior year, so to get him for his final two years is exciting," continued Feminis. "With Zach Dolph (also from Joliet Catholic) graduating, Michael has a great shot to compete for the starting Will linebacker position. I think he's similar to Zach in a lot of ways, which is a tremendous compliment after the career that Zach had. Michael is very smart, has a great knack for finding the football and is really solid in pass coverage too. We're fortunate to have him in our program."
Strbjak played under Leroy Marsh during his prep career at Munster High School in Munster, Ind. He is the son of Ed and Kim Strbjak of Munster. In 2011, Strbjak was a first team all-state selection by The Associated Press and Indiana Football Coaches Association as well as a first team all-area and all-conference honoree by the Northwest Indiana Times and Gary Post Tribune. Mettille played for Dan Sharp at Joliet Catholic Academy as a prep and was a highly decorated player as well. He was named a 2011 Joliet Herald News All-Area First Team selection and garnered all-conference honors in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. Mettille is the son of Mark and Joyce Mettille of Morris.