Lance Louis Selected By the Chicago Bears in the NFL Draft
April 26, 2009
SAN DIEGO - Lance Louis, a four-year letterwinner who logged 39 games and 17 career starts at San Diego State from 2004-08, was selected by the Chicago Bears in the NFL Draft on Sunday. Louis was selected with the 37th pick in the seventh round.
A native of New Orleans, Louis becomes the 18th former Aztec player this decade to be drafted. At least one San Diego State player has been selected in the NFL Draft in seven of the last eight years and 43 of the last 47 drafts dating back to 1963.
Louis played his first two seasons (2004-05) at tight end before suffering a devastating knee injury prior to the 2006 season. Following a lengthy rehabilitation, Louis returned to play on the offensive line in his final two campaigns (2007-08).
As a tight end, Louis played in 19 games, catching 14 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown. He posted career highs with five receptions for 93 yards at Hawai'i on Dec. 3, 2005. Following his return, Louis played in 19 games on the offensive line, including all 12 games this past season making 11 starts at right tackle.
Louis becomes the first Aztec player selected in the draft by the Chicago Bears franchise since Ricky Parker was selected in the sixth round in 1997. Chicago finished last season with a 9-7 record, one game behind Minnesota in the NFC North.