Football - Sun, Jan. 4, 2004
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis is excited about the addition of three transfers, who are expected to add talent and depth to an already strong 2005 SXU roster. Jeremiah Scott comes back to the Chicago area after playing the 2004 season at NCAA Division II University of Nebraska-Omaha and the 2002 and 2003 seasons at Rock Valley Junior College , while Justin Young and Chris Trino both join the Cougars after attending Joliet Junior College (Ill.).
Scott is a 5-10, 185-pound defensive back, who was named both all-conference and all-region during his two-year stint at Rock Valley as well as earning all-conference honorable mention recognition in the North Central Conference while at Nebraska-Omaha. He is originally from Waukegan, Ill., and attended North Chicago High School playing under Michael Durrah. He is the son of Patricia Scott and plans to study liberal arts at Saint Xavier.
"Signing a player of Jeremiah's caliber is huge for our program," said Feminis. "His coach at Nebraska-Omaha thinks he might have a shot to play at the next level and after watching him on film I can see why. I can't wait to see him practice during the spring and we are thrilled to have him."
Young is a 6-0, 215-pound linebacker, who played at Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Ill., under Rob Gliemi before attending Joliet Junior College. Young is a Manhattan, Ill., native and is expected to play at either the linebacker or strong safety position at Saint Xavier.
"Justin is a nice addition for our squad," said Feminis. "He can play outside linebacker or strong safety and this spring will be very important for him in terms of preparing for the 2005 season. Justin can be a solid player at Saint Xavier."
Trino also comes from Joliet Junior College after playing at Lincoln-Way Central High School with Young. In high school, Trino played on the offensive line (6-5, 265-pounds) and is expected to play the same position at Saint Xavier. Trino is a native of New Lenox, Ill.
"Chris will definitely be a project for us, but has legitimate size and our team is very thin depth-wise at the tackle position," said Feminis. "He should be able to get a lot of reps in during spring practices."
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.