94 - Matthew Sommer
Matthew Sommer
Height: 6-5
Weight: 310
Year: So.
Hometown: Salem, Ore.
High School: West Salem HS '13
Position: DL
Experience: 1L

*** Academic Honors Candidate ***

2014: Listed as the starter at nose guard on the preseason depth chart. He had an interception and a total of four tackles in three spring scrimmages.  2013: Was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Saw action in all 15 games as a true freshman as a backup defensive tackle and nose guard. He had three tackles each versus Portland State (11/23/13) and Jacksonville State (12/14/13). He had a sack versus Southern Utah (10/13/13) and a half-sack against Cal Poly (11/16/13). He was one of two true freshmen among the 11 players who saw significant action along the defensive line for the Eagles.

HS: Graduated from West Salem HS in 2013. Sommer came from playing on the first black artificial turf field in the nation at West Salem to the first red turf field at EWU. He helped lead his school to four-straight league titles. As a senior in 2012, he was selected as a first team 6A All-State selection as a defensive lineman by the Oregonian. WashingtonPreps.com selected him as one of 193 players on its “Best of the Northwest” list of recruits. Rated as a two-star recruit by Scout.com.  Sommer was also named Central Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and the Salem Statesman-Journal All-Mid Valley Defensive Player of the Year. He was a first team All-Central Valley Conference selection as a defensive lineman and was second team all-conference as an offensive lineman. Sommer had 46 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, six sacks, eight passes broken up, and three blocked field goals as a senior. He was a two-way starter for West Salem, which finished the year with a 10-2 record after losing 28-7 to defending State 6A champion Lake Oswego in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Prior to the 2012 season, Sommer was named to the MaxPreps.com pre-season Oregon All-State football team as an offensive lineman. As a junior, he was a second-team All-Central Valley Conference selection as a defensive lineman. He totaled 36 tackles and had six tackles for loss. The Titans finished the season with a 7-4 record and lost 49-28 to eventual Oregon 6A champion Lake Oswego in the second round of the playoffs. Sommer was also a second-team All-Central Valley Conference selection as a defensive lineman as a sophomore. Also played basketball at West Salem.

Personal: Major undeclared but considering exercise science. Born 2/16/95 in Salem, Ore. His parents are Michael Sommer and Tami Gagnon. Last name is pronounced “saw-murr.”



















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