Football - Mon, Nov. 29, 2004
Findlay, Ohio - Saint Xavier University junior wide receiver Jarrod Nowman (Manteno, Ill./Bishop McNamara), junior linebacker Rick King (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) and senior defensive back Matt Derry (Rockford, Ill./Boylan) were all named to the 2004 All-MSFA (Mid-States Football Association) Midwest League First Team in their respective positions when the honors were recently released by league officials in Findlay, Ohio. In addition, SXU also had four players named to the All-MSFA Midwest League Second Team and five earn all-league honorable mention recognition.
Limited by injuries which allowed him to play only eight of the Cougars' 11 games in 2004, Nowman still finished with a team-high 685 receiving yards for an average of 85.6 yards per game. He also finished with 34 receptions and four receiving touchdowns, while making an impact on special teams as well with 100 punt-return yards on 12 returns and 66 kick-return yards on four returns. King recorded 71.5 tackles (second on the team), a team-high 10.5 tackles for losses, and three fumble recoveries in 2004. Derry finished the season with a team-high 73 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for losses and 2.5 sacks. Derry also recorded two interceptions, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble over 11 games.
On the All-MSFA Second Team, Saint Xavier had junior quarterback John Perryman (Oak Lawn, Ill./Richards), sophomore wide receiver Greg Gerritsen (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East), senior offensive lineman Mike Zirkelbach (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way) and senior defensive lineman Chris Kooistra (Chicago, Ill./Marist). The honorable mention selections included: junior tight end Steve Miljus (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville), sophomore running back Tom Brown (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel), junior offensive lineman Robert Moore (Merrillville, Ind./Andrean), junior defensive lineman Nick Stimac (St. John, Ind./Andrean) and redshirt freshman defensive lineman Justin Tuffs (Mokena, Ill./Stagg).
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.