No. 12 Penguins use strong defensive performance to hold off No. 23 Missouri State
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.