Football - Tue, Feb. 15, 2005
CHICAGO - Kevin Wiersema, a defensive lineman from Naperville North High School, and Teddy Silvetti, a defensive back from Round Lake 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. Wiersema is expected to compete for playing time at the defensive end position for SXU next fall, while Silvetti will compete for playing time at either the free or strong safety position.

Wiersema was coached by Larry McKeon during his prep career at Naperville North High School. He was an all-conference and all-area player at Naperville North and a three-year starter on the varsity squad. The Naperville, Ill., native is the son of Doug and Mary Wiersema.

"I would not be surprised if Kevin competes for playing time at defensive end as a freshman this fall," said Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis. "He was a three-year starter at Naperville North, which is one of the best programs in the state. Kevin is a future all-conference type of talent."

As a prep, Silvetti was coached by Kevin Dempsey at Round Lake High School in Round Lake, Ill. He was a two-time all-conference, all-area and All-Lake County player in high school in addition to being named to the All-Daily Herald and All-Lakeland teams during the 2004 season. The Round Lake, Ill., native is the son of Anthony and Debbie Silvetti.

"Teddy chose us over some good NCAA Division II schools," said Feminis. "He is not very big, but is a tenacious hitter. Teddy has a linebacker's mentality and runs well enough to play either free or strong safety for us in the future."

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.