Football - Tue, Feb. 24, 2004
CHICAGO -- Head coach Mike Feminis and the Saint Xavier University football program added a pair of recruits from outside the Midwest recently when Matt Briggs and Tyler Mushlitz both signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers as members of the Cougar football team. Briggs was a running back at Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, Neb., under Skyhawk football coach Matt Turman. He is the son of Don and Gail Briggs, also of Omaha. Briggs has a sister, Rachel, who currently plays for the Cougars' women's soccer team.

"Matt is the first recruit from Nebraska to ever sign with us," said Feminis. "I think his decision had a lot to do with the fact that his sister plays soccer at SXU and has had a great experience. Matt is the kind of player you love to have in your program, because he is not only a hard worker, but he will always sacrifice individual accomplishments for the team's success. I really look forward to coaching him."

Mushlitz also was a member of the Skyhawks' football program at Skutt Catholic as a tight end.

"Tyler will definitely be a project for us, but he does have ability," continued Feminis. "I think if he commits himself in the weight room and can add 25-30 pounds over the next couple years, Tyler can help us out down the road."