Football - Mon, Feb. 9, 2004
CHICAGO -- Head coach Mike Feminis and the Saint Xavier University football program added another set of brothers to its 2004 roster when Kevin and Jeremy Zientek of Oak Lawn, Ill., both signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers as Cougars. Feminis has already added brothers Steve and Jim Strimel from New Lenox, Ill., to the team over the past month. Kevin is projected to play on the offensive line for the Cougars this fall, while Jeremy will look to help SXU at the quarterback position. Both played football at Marist High School in Chicago under head coach Sean Mele. Kevin was named to the East Suburban Catholic All-Conference First Team and was a Star Publications All-Area Special Mention. Jeremy led the team in passing with over 900 yards.

"This is a great package deal to get both of these guys," said Feminis. "Kevin is a big signing for our program, because he is one of the top offensive linemen we targeted and he fills a major need at our tackle position since both our 2003 starters (Brandon Kukla and George Deaton) graduated. Kevin is physically mature enough right now to compete at our level. "Jeremy is an intriguing prospect," continued Feminis. "He is very raw as a quarterback, but has the tools to be a good one in the future. The kid is legitimately 6-4 and 190 pounds, has a nice arm and can run. We may have a diamond in the rough with Jeremy."

The SXU football program has now added 13 new faces to its roster in 2004. In addition to the Zientek brothers, the others include: Chris Rodriguez, running back from Marian Catholic; Andy Lietz, wide receiver/tight end at Marian Catholic; Andrew Kolodziej, defensive lineman from Joliet Catholic Academy; Nick Halloran, defensive back from Mt. Carmel; Jim Strimel, defensive lineman from Lincoln-Way Central; Steve Strimel, running back transfer from Joliet Junior College; Scott Kooistra, defensive lineman from Shepard; Matt Briggs, defensive back from Skutt Catholic in Nebraska; Rey Lang, a fullback transfer from University of St. Francis (Ill.) in Joliet; Jake Lowell, an offensive lineman transfer from Joliet Junior College and Levi Adams, defensive back transfer from Kennedy-King College.