Football - Thu, Feb. 3, 2005
CHICAGO - Casey Weidenbacher, a defensive back from Naperville North High School, and Andy Bendoraitis, a offensive lineman at Lincoln-Way Central High School, have both signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Saint Xavier University as members of the Cougar football program. Weidenbacher is projected to remain a defensive back at SXU this fall, while Bendoraitis will make the transition to the defensive line as a Cougar at the tackle position.

Weidenbacher was coached by Larry McKeon during his prep career at Naperville North High School. The Naperville, Ill., native is the son of Tim and Vickie Weidenbacher.

"Casey is the first player we have ever signed from the DuPage Valley Conference and he is an outstanding athlete that is talented enough to play at several different positions," said Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis. "He was one of only two guys that went both ways (offense and defense) for them, which says a lot to me. I won't be surprised if Casey gets on the field as a true freshman."

As a prep, Bendoraitis was coached Rob Gliemi at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Ill. The New Lenox, Ill., native is the son of Ben and Maureen Bendoraitis.

"Andy is very strong and has good enough feet to be a solid defensive tackle for us," said Feminis. "He will definitely help us out down the road."

Saint Xavier finished with an overall record of 7-4 for its fifth straight winning season. The Cougars finished in a tie for second place with Trinity International University (Ill.) in the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest League with a 5-2 mark. SXU also ended the season rated No. 23 nationally in the final 2004 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Football Ratings. It is the fourth straight year the Cougars have finished the season rated in the NAIA's top 25.