Impact inside linebacker who can play tight end as well ... Looks ready to go after redshirting last season ... Had a game-high 11 tackles in the Maroon and White spring game (4/26/14), including a sack, a pass break-up and 2 solo stops.
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 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 Exercise & Movement Science.