|High School:||Ferris HS '11|
*** Academic Honors Candidate ***
2012: Listed as a backup at safety on preseason depth chart. In four spring scrimmages, he had 13 tackles and a pass broken up.
2011: Redshirted. Was selected as the team’s defensive scout team player of the week once.
HS: Graduated from Ferris HS in 2011. Selected to play in the 4A/3A East-West All-State Game, which took place July 1, 2011, on EWU’s red Sprinturf surface at Roos Field. He helped lead his East squad to a 19-0 victory over the West as he caught five passes for 30 yards as a starting receiver and finished with a tackle on defense. He had a 3-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter that gave his team a 12-0 advantage. He was a three-year starter at Ferris, helping the Saxons finish 35-6 in those years. Was selected to the WashingtonPreps.com All-State team as a wide receiver and earned first team All-Greater Spokane League honors as a wide receiver. He helped lead the Saxons to a perfect 14-0 record and the State 4A Championship, defeating defending champion Skyline 24-16 in the title game. He caught a 17-yard touchdown pass in the championship game. He played in the secondary that was nicknamed the “Grady Bunch” after the school’s defensive coordinator, Grady Emmerson. He had 41 catches as a senior and 39 as a junior, giving him 105 in his career to break the previous school record of 104 set by Washington State University starter Jared Karstetter (2005-07 at Ferris). In Tonani’s junior season, Ferris finished 10-4 and lost to Skyline 45-21 in the title game as he earned second team All-GSL honors. Eagle teammates Jeff Minnerly (‘08) and McKenzie Murphy (’08) also attended Ferris. Tonani also played basketball for Ferris, and finished his senior season 22-3 after going a perfect 16-0 in the GSL.
Personal: Business administration major. Born 9/23/92 in Spokane, Wash. Will turn 20 the day after Eastern plays at Weber State. His parents are Timothy and Carole Phillips Tonani. Name is pronounced “tuh-naw-nee.”