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2015: Started five times as a sophomore and played in all 11 games at tight end … Snagged 5 pass receptions on the season, including 4 for 15 yards at Arkansas State (9/19/15) … Also posted two solo tackles at A-State … Other reception on the season was a season-long 9-yard catch at Southern Illinois (10/10/15) … Earned spot on MVFC Honr Roll for second time in three years ... Named to MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters ... Had 2 pass receptions for 21 yards in Maroon and White Spring Game (4/11/15).
2014: : Played in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman, accounting for 10 total tackles on special teams and from his spot at outside linebacker ... Tallied 4 tackles and broke up a pass in homecoming win over South Dakota (10/18/14) ... Registered 3 stops, including a pair of solos, the following week at Illinois State (10/25/14) ... Earned MSU Special Teams Player of the Week honors after season-opening win at Northwestern State (8/28/14) ... Earned MSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for spring 2015 semester.
2013: Redshirted his first season at Missouri State ... Named MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week for road game at Iowa (9/7/13) ... Named to MVFC Honor Roll and MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for fall and spring semesters.
High School: Helped guide the Althoff Catholic to the Illinois Class 2A title game as a senior where he posted a team-high 10 tackles, 9 solos and a fumble recovery vs. Mercer County in the championship ... Coach Ken Turner's Crusaders finished 10-4 overall in 2012 ... The Area Player of the Year also garnered Illinois first-team all-state honors as a senior as well as all-conference and all-city distinction ... Earned Belleville News-Democrat and Post-Dispatch Player of the Week honors as a senior ... Was also all-city and all-conference as a sophomore and junior ... Was named football team captain his final two seasons ... Two-year starting center on the Althoff basketball team.
Personal: Erik Alexander Furmanek was born 10/15/94 in Belleville, Ill. ... Son of Phil and Celeste Furmanek of Belleville ... Has two sisters, Nicole and Erin ... Majoring in Logistics and Supply Side Management.