2008 (Junior) - Played in every game as a backup at left tackle and on special teams ... helped the Falcons lead the conference and rank fifth nationally in rushing with a 266.9 yard per-game average ... helped pave the way for 300 or more yards rushing five times ... helped the team to a season-best 401 yards rushing at San Diego State.
2007 (Sophomore) - Played in six games ... recorded two unassisted tackles on the year ... tackles came against Colorado State and San Diego State.
2006 (Freshman) - Played in four games at defensive end ... recorded three tackles, including one for a loss ... TFL came against San Diego State.
High School - Lettered three years in football and two in basketball ... first-team all-district as a junior and senior in football ... all-area as a senior ... high school football coach was Robert Lenhoff.
Personal - Member of Cadet Squadron 1 ... nickname is Gonzo ... attended the Academy's Prep School and played football ... son of Mark Gonzales and Sheila Thein ... father is a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force ... step-father, Lt. Col. Kim Thein, is also in the Air Force ... siblings include Shannon Close and Madison Thein ... major is social science ... completed a summer academics class in computer science in the summer of 2007 ... completed Global Engagement and Soaring that summer ... favorite food is steak ... favorite book is The Kite Runner ... person in history he'd most like to meet is Martin Luther King, Jr. ... something not many people know about him is that he was born in Madrid, Spain ... favorite NFL team is the Dallas Cowboys ... credits his parents as having the biggest influence on his sports career ... this past summer, went to Whiteman AFB, Mo. ... worked Air Force Sports Camps on the cadet leadership team last summer ... also completed two courses during summer academics, one in management and one in military strategic studies ... worked Basic Cadet Training and took a summer class in biology in the summer of 2008 ... has been an element leader in his squadron and is currently the assistant director of operations ... will be an acquisitions manager in the Air Force following graduation.