2009: An All-Pac-10 honorable mention choice and Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection, as well as a Phil Steele 2009 Postseason All-Pac-10 Third-Team Offense pick ... started all 13 games at center after replacing first-team All-American Alex Mack as the team's starting center, moving back to the position after spending most of the 2008 campaign at guard ... named the nation's No. 39 draft-eligible center by Phil Steele.
2008: Started the first three games at left guard (vs. Michigan State, at Washington State, at Maryland) before a toe injury sidelined him for the rest of the season ... registered 2.5 pancake blocks and three knockdowns.
2007: Made his collegiate debut vs. Louisiana Tech ... was listed as Cal's backup center for every contest.
2006: Redshirted ... did not play ... shared Scout Team Player of the Year honors for the offense.
HIGH SCHOOL: The first player from Colorado to sign with the Bears under head coach Jeff Tedford ... considered one of the top players in the state (No. 3) as well one of the top guard prospects in the country (No. 19) by Rivals ... also a member of the Rivals 250 list for all positions and a four-star recruit by the organization ... a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-America choice ... Scout listed him among America's top 100 linemen ... SuperPrep ranked him the No. 32 offensive lineman in the country, while Rivals had him as high as No. 17 in the final regional rankings ... played on state champion and state runner-up teams in his junior and senior seasons, respectively ... helped lead his team to a combined 24-4 record over his final two campaigns ... earned All-State and All-5A Centennial Conference honors as well as a selection to the All-State game as a senior ... had twice previously earned All-5A Centennial Conference recognition ... academic All-State honorable mention.
PERSONAL: Full name is Chris Noel Tompek-Guarnero ... born December 18, 1987 ... parents are Gary Guarnero and Trudy Tompek-Guarnero ... major is American Studies.
Strengths: Smart player who is in position to make blocks consistently. Understands blocking schemes in the running game and pass protection schemes well. Good mobility and lateral quickness to pick up blitzers and stunters. Good punch in pass pro. Good hand placement and technique in the run game, as he sticks on his blocks well and can seal off defenders for a crease. Peels off combo blocks to the second level to secure blocks on linebackers well.
Weaknesses: Slow off the snap at times. His size is a concern as he struggles with his strength at the POA, as bigger defensive tackles can jolt him and drive him into the backfield. Is a waist bender at times.
Projection: UDFA who'll compete for a roster spot or a spot on a team's practice squad."