Q and A: Football Player Chris Thomas

Dec. 11, 2008

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information

Even though football season is over, Eastern Washington University football Chris Thomas is still working hard and receiving high honors. The aspiring doctor was recently named EWU’s Scholar-Athlete for the month of November for his efforts and accomplishments on the field and in the classroom.

Thomas, an offensive tackle majoring in biology/pre-medicine, started all 11 games this past season as a junior in his first full year as a starter for the Eagles. The native of Sumner, Wash., earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors and was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII football team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Thomas will be named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the third-straight year when that team is announced in January.

Thomas is a 2005 graduate of Sumner High School and entered the fall quarter with a 3.77 grade point average. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Thomas 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.

 

Q: What are your plans after your eligibility is up at Eastern, career wise?

A: "At the end of this school year I will begin applying to medical schools to pursue a career as a doctor. There are three fields of medicine I am interested in. Those are orthopedic surgeon, anesthesiologist, or primary care physician."


Q: To what do you attribute your academic success?

A: "I attribute my academic success to a lot of hard work. I am in some very hard classes and it is difficult to balance my dedication to football with the dedication it takes to get good grades."


Q: How does it feel to be named a Scholar-Athlete for the month?

A: "I am excited and grateful to be named scholar-athlete of the month. I have been working hard in all my classes for over three years now and it’s exciting to be nominated."


Q: Who has been the most influential person in your academic and athletic career while at Eastern?

A: "The most influential person in my career at Eastern so far is my offensive line coach Aaron Best. He helps teach us life lessons on the field and off the field."


Q: Who has been your favorite professor while attending EWU?

A: "This is a very difficult question. There are so many outstanding teachers in the biology department that I can’t pick just one."


Q: What part of football do you enjoy best?

A: "The part of football I enjoy the most is game day and hanging out with all of the brothers I’ve made the last three years."


Q: What do you think is your best attribute as an offensive lineman?

A: "My brains. They help me understand the game."


Q: What are you looking forward to the most next season, your last?

A: "I am looking forward to winning the Big Sky Conference championship and going to playoffs next season. It is my last and I want my class to go out with a bang."


Q: Who is the best defensive end you've matched up against in your career?

A: "Besides Greg Peach, the best defensive end I have matched up against was Kroy Biermann from Montana."

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