Football - Fri, Nov. 19, 2004
CHICAGO - Sophomore wide receiver Greg Gerritsen (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) set a new Saint Xavier University football single-season receptions record during the 2004 campaign with 56 catches. Junior wide receiver Jarrod Nowman (Manteno, Ill./Bishop McNamara) held the previous record collecting 54 passes during SXU's 2003 season.
Gerritsen played and started in all 11 of the Cougars' games this season. He finished second on the team in receiving yards this season with 608 yards and also hauled in two touchdowns receptions. Gerritsen averaged 10.9 yards per reception and 55.3 yards per game. Nowman led the team in receiving yards this season with 685. In addition, Gerritsen also made his presence felt on special teams leading the Cougars in kick return yardage with 322 yards on a team-high 11 returns, an average of 29.3 yards per return.
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.