34 Jordan Tonani
34 Jordan Tonani
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Year: So.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
High School: Ferris HS '11
Position: DB
Experience: 1L*

*** Honors Candidate ***
*** Academic Honors Candidate ***

2013: Will miss the 2013 season after summer surgery to repair a painful hip injury. Called hip joint acetabular impingement, the ailment requires surgery to both hips with six months of rehabilitation required for each. He would have competed for a starting position at safety, but should return fully healthy in spring 2014.

2012: Tonani was a member of the College Sports Journal Freshman All-America squad and honorable mention All-Big Sky pick. He was also named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Tonani made his mark in 2012 as an injury replacement for senior safety Jeff Minnerly, who suffered a broken collarbone against Montana (9/29/12). Tonani started seven games and finished the year sixth on the team with 68 tackles, and also had a team-leading three interceptions with five passes broken up and a fumble recovery. In one of many impressive performances during his debut season, Tonani finished with seven tackles, his third interception of the season and a pass broken up in EWU’s come-from-behind 31-28 victory over UC Davis (11/10/12). One game earlier, he had a pick and eight tackles versus Cal Poly (11/3/12), earning College Sports Madness Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week accolades. With EWU clinging to a 20-17 lead over Montana State (10/13/12), Tonani stepped in front of a MSU receiver on an out route for an interception he returned 21 yards for a touchdown with 11:15 to play, becoming the winning points in a 27-24 victory over the second-ranked Bobcats. He also had eight tackles, and as a result, was selected as the College Sports Madness National FCS Defensive Player of the Week, as well as their same honor for the Big Sky Conference. One game earlier in his first collegiate start, Tonani had a team-leading 11 tackles as the Eagles held North Dakota (10/6/12) scoreless in the second half of a 55-17 win. Entering the game, UND had 37 plays of 20 or more yards on offense, and EWU’s goal was to hold North Dakota to three or less. The Eagles did better than that, holding UND to just one – a 24-yard pass play in the third quarter after EWU had already opened a 34-17 lead. Interestingly, Tonani and Minnerly are from the same high school in Spokane, Wash. Tonani graduated from Ferris in 2011; Minnerly graduated in 2008, along with EWU backup safety McKenzie Murphy. Minnerly, who returned to start against UC Davis (11/10/12), was also Eastern’s leading tackler in his first career start, finishing with eight tackles in a 49-24 loss at Nevada on Sept. 2, 2010.

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. Former 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 with a 3.74 grade point average at Eastern. Born 9/23/92 in Spokane, Wash. Will turn 21 five days before Eastern plays at Sam Houston State. His parents are Timothy and Carole Phillips Tonani. Name is pronounced “tuh-naw-nee.”




















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