2008 Scouting Report: Returning starter at free safety... the fifth-year senior will be a valuable commodity for the Panthers this year, both from a scheme and leadership standpoint...is Pitt's "quarterback in the secondary" and one of the defense's sparkplugs...a bone-jarring hitter with excellent football savvy...is a strength in run or pass support.
2007: Started all 12 games at free safety...tied for fourth on the team with 53 tackles...had one INT and a fumble recovery...had a career-high 12 tackles vs. Navy...had five tackles and a fumble recovery that Pitt parlayed into a field goal vs. Cincinnati...had six tackles at Virginia...had six tackles and a PBU at Michigan State...had two tackles and an INT vs. Grambling...had one tackle against Eastern Michigan and also deflected a pass that was intercepted by Ricky Gary to set up a Pitt TD.
2006: Starter at free safety the first five games of the year... suffered a season-ending left ankle fracture during practice leading up to the Oct. 7 Syracuse game...had 21 tackles on the year...had a season-high eight tackles vs. Michigan State...had six tackles, his first career interception (in the end zone) and two pass breakups vs. Toledo.
2005: Reserve at strong safety who played in all 11 games to letter...also saw special teams duty...had 17 tackles on the year...had a season-high four tackles at Louisville...had three tackles versus South Florida and his first career sack...the sack went for an 11-yard loss, turning back a USF scoring threat.
2004: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Four-year contributor to Cincinnati Moeller's varsity...first team All-Greater Catholic League...first team Southwest All-District...Cincinnati-Dayton Catholic League South Division Defensive Back of the Year...Special Mention All-Ohio Division I (largest classification)...helped team to a 7-4 mark and the state playoffs as a senior... played primarily defensive back as a senior and intercepted three passes, returning one for a 59-yard touchdown... primarily an offensive player his junior season and compiled 1,314 all-purpose yards to earn Greater Catholic League All-Purpose Player of the Year honors...selected to play in the Ohio East-West All-Star Game...rated one of Ohio's top 30 prospects by Rivals.com...SuperPrep All-Midwest Team...PrepStar All-Midwest Region...played under Coach Bob Crable...four-year football letterman and also lettered twice in track and field...participant in the Little Buddies Mentor Program.
Personal: Eric W. Thatcher Jr., born 12/5/84, is the son of Eric W. Thatcher Sr., and Antonia Jones...has one brother...graduated this past April with a bachelor's degree in administration of justice... currently pursuing a second degree in social sciences.
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