66 - Matt Alfred
Matt Alfred
Height: 6-3
Weight: 300
Year: Senior
Hometown: Gig Harbor, Wash.
High School: Gig Harbor HS '03
Position: OL
Experience: 3L*
2007: Listed as a starter at right guard on preseason depth chart. He enters the 2007 season with a string of 33-straight starts for the Eagles. He serves on Eastern's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). 2006: Earned second team All-Big Sky Conference honors. Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Started 10 games at right guard and the last game of the season at right tackle. He earned team offensive player of the week honors against Northern Arizona (10/28/06). He missed much of spring practice with a finger injury suffered on the first day of practice on April 10. Just two weeks earlier on March 24, his younger brother Kenny broke his left hand at Washington State University. Was selected as Eastern's offensive co-captain at the end of spring practices. He was one of five Eagles given off-season strength and conditioning awards by strength and conditioning coach Darin Lovat. 2005: Earned first team All-America honors from The Sports Network and second team All-America honors from the Associated Press. He was also a first team selection on the Football Gazette All-West Region squad. Earned first team All-Big Sky Conference honors. Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Started all 12 games, including six at right guard. He started five games at right tackle before being moved back to guard after a midseason injury to center Kraig Sigler caused a lineup shuffle. For the second-straight year, the offensive line helped Eastern rank fourth in FCS in total offense with an average of 477.8 yards. The Eagles were second in passing (341.8) and 14th in scoring (35.0). Eastern set 20 offensive school records, including the school's season passing yards (4,102) record originally broken in 2004. 2004: He was a second team All-Big Sky Conference selection as an offensive guard. Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. He started Eastern's last 10 games at right guard, making his starting debut against Idaho State (9/25/04). The offensive line helped Eastern average 475.5 yards of offense per game to rank fourth in FCS, while its average of 37.5 points per game was sixth. Eastern set 20 offensive school records, including points scored (488) and passing yards (3,784). In the spring, he was one of nine Eagles given off-season strength and conditioning awards by strength and conditioning coach Darin Lovat. 2003: Redshirted. HS: Graduated from Gig Harbor HS in 2003. The Tacoma News Tribune selected him to its All-State and All-Area teams as an offensive lineman. Selected by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 recruits in the state of Washington. The Tacoma News Tribune selected him to its All-Area team as an offensive lineman. Selected to play in All-State game. Was a two-time All-Narrows League Bridge Division selection, earning first team honors as a senior as both an offensive and defensive lineman. He had five pancake knockdowns on successive plays in one game in his senior season as Gig Harbor finished 5-4. As a junior, he earned first team all-league honors as an offensive lineman. Was a three-time Narrows League All-Academic selection as well, and had a 3.6 grade point average. He was a nominee for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award. In high school, he had a squat lift of 505 pounds, a bench press of 330 and a power clean of 275. He was also a two-year letter winner in wrestling, and three times was selected to the Narrows League All-Academic team. His Eagle teammates Graham Dorland ('05) and Brice Leahy ('06) also attended Gig Harbor HS. Personal: Born 10/16/84 in Bellevue, Wash. Will turn 23 three days after Eastern plays Montana State. His younger brother Kenny graduated from Gig Harbor in 2005 and plays at Washington State. Their father David played at Western Washington. David and his wife Claudia attended 19 of 23 of the games their sons played in the 2006 season, however, sometimes they had to separate so at least one of them could attend games on the same weekend. Interdisciplinary studies major.
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