71 - Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas
Height: 6-5
Weight: 300
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Sumner, Wash.
High School: Sumner HS '05
Position: OL
Experience: 3L*

Career: He has started a total of 18 games at Eastern, which will be the most for an EWU offensive linemen when the Eagles start the 2009 season. --

2009: Listed as a starter at right offensive tackle on EWU's preseason depth chart. He was selected by the media as a member of the 27-player preseason All-Big Sky Conference squad. In the spring, he was presented with the Eastern Athletics Student-Athlete Advisory Council "Triple-Threat Citizen" award at the first-annual Eastern Athletics EeeWoos award show. He was honored for his athletics and academic success, as well as for his community service that included multiple blood drives he organized and volunteer work at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane.

2008: Was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors. Started all 11 games at right offensive tackle and was the team's offensive player of the week for his blocking against Montana (8/11/08). He helped block for an Eagle offense that finished with the seventh-best passing offense in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (299.9 yards per game) and was also 24th in total offense (398.5), 98th in rushing offense (98.5) and 35th in scoring offense (29.4).

2007: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Started seven games at left offensive tackle, including six-straight games from Sept. 15 to Oct. 20. He made the first start of his career against UC Davis (9/15/07). He helped Eastern rank sixth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (first in the Big Sky) with an average of 462.3 yards per game, including 626 in a 44-15 victory over McNeese State (11/24/07) in the FCS Playoffs.

2006: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Lettered as a reserve offensive lineman.

2005: Redshirted.

HS: Graduated from Sumner HS in 2005. Named by the Seattle Times as a "Red Chip" selection as one of the top 34 recruits in the state of Washington. The Tacoma News Tribune selected him to its All-Area first team as an offensive lineman. Earned first team All-Puget Sound League North Division honors as an offensive lineman, and second team accolades as a defensive lineman. Nominated for All-State honors and was a National Football Foundation nominee for Scholar-Athlete Lineman of the Year. As a senior, he was team MVP and captain, and was the school's Defensive Player of the Year. He also lettered as a junior, and was the junior varsity MVP his sophomore season. His former EWU teammate Rocky Hanni ('03) also attended Sumner.

Personal: Born 3/20/87 in Tacoma, Wash. Biology/pre-medicine major. Thomas hopes to become a doctor, either as an orthopedic surgeon, anesthesiologist, or primary care physician. He intends to take his Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in May 2009 and begin applying to medical schools in June. If the opportunities arise, he may try to pursue a professional football career before he attends medical school. He was born at Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. - the same hospital former Eastern Academic All-American Dr. Steve Mattson currently works in as an anesthesiologist. Thomas, whose hometown of Sumner is just a short drive away from Tacoma, has enlisted the help of Mattson to serve as a protégé to help him through the medical school process.

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