When Eastlake Wolves senior offensive/defensive lineman Spencer Thompson reported for the very first day of spring practice sessions this past June, a surprise awaited him on the practice field.
Thompson, who played nose guard on defense and was a first-team All-KingCo Conference offensive tackle, was approached by the Eastlake coaching staff about making a position change on offense a little more than three months prior to their season opener against Issaquah on Sept. 1. Thompson embraced the switch on the offensive line wholeheartedly.
“I switched inside to center because our team needed it,” Thompson said. “I’ve loved it so far. It is so much easier to get the angles on people as far as down blocking goes. At center, you are allowed to help your teammates out more instead of just going one-on-one. We’ve always had great centers at Eastlake. It is kind of like an honor position at Eastlake. It is so much fun.”
Thompson relishes being part of the Eastlake football program. The Wolves are known for discipline, hard hitting and passion.
“We’re so blessed as far as coaches go,” he said. “We no doubt have the best coaching staff in KingCo (Conference). They definitely set us up for success every week. We’re going to make a good run because of it. We’re definitely talented enough. We are loaded at receiver and we just want to come together as a team and go on a run. That is the goal for our season.
The Wolves currently possess an overall record of 2-2 with four regular season contests remaining on the schedule. Thompson, who is being recruited by a bevy of collegiate football programs, said he will make his decision on where he will continue his football career by around Christmas 2017.
Recently the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter had an opportunity to ask Thompson a few questions about his life away from the football field.
Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Spencer Thompson: “Rudy.” Sean Astin (actor that plays main character of movie) is the man.
ISR: What is your favorite restaurant in Sammamish?
ST: Mod Pizza.
ISR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
ST: It is JJ Watt (Houston Texans defensive lineman). He was the reason why I started playing defensive line.
ISR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
ISR: What is your biggest pet peeve?
ST: People who leave other people out. I like including people.
ISR: Who was your favorite sports team growing up?
ST: The Seattle SuperSonics. Chris Wilcox was my favorite player in the NBA by far.
ISR: What is your favorite dinner dish?
ST: I love chicken Alfredo. I have it every week before the game. It is awesome.