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2015 NFL DRAFT

Phillip Thomas, FS

School: Fresno State  |  Conference: MWC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 208 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
6432-3
LATEST NEWS
04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: FS: Phillip Thomas, Fresno State, 6-1, 208, 4.57...The NFL loves playmakers and so do I. Thomas led the country with eight interceptions in 2012, demonstrating instincts, range and terrific ball-skills. While it took Thomas "breakout" senior campaign to earn him attention as a Thorpe Award finalist and All-American, scouts have been buzzing about this Bulldog for years. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/29/2013 - 2013 Fresno State Pro Day: Phillip Thomas, SS (6-0 5/8, 209) - Thomas ran the 40 in 4.59 seconds on each attempt. He did the short shuttle in 4.15 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.78 seconds. Thomas stood on the rest of his numbers from the combine. Thomas was put through a strenuous workout by a scout from the New England Patriots in the positional drills and looked great. Thomas has visits scheduled with seven teams starting April 1. He will probably be selected in the first half of the second round of the draft. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

01/23/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Wednesday: The North defensive backs have continued to impress. Washington's Desmond Trufant has estaliblished himself as the top cornerback in Mobile, enjoying another strong practice. Two safeties gaining positive traction, albeit for different reasons, are Fresno State's Phillip Thomas, whose fluidity and instincts in coverage have made him a defender the North quarterbacks have generally avoided. Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien is a very physical, aggressive defender. There are, however, some concerns about his straight-line speed. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/24/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: S Phillip Thomas, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award that went to Mississippi State's Johnthan Bank, tallied eight interceptions, which tops the nation. That number is also the most achieved by a Fresno State player in 27 years.

He returned three interceptions for touchdowns, had nine total takeaways, forced four fumbles and led Fresno State with 82 tackles, including 12 for loss. He will face a quarterback in SMU's Garrett Gilbert who has thrown for almost more interceptions (13) than touchdowns (14). Thomas is the 10th player from Fresno State to be selected as a defensive player of the year, the most recent Chris Carter in 2010. - SMU football

12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: DB Phillip Thomas, Fresno State, 6-1 215 Sr., Bakersfield, CA...Thomas led the nation in interceptions this season with eight, which set a new Mountain West single-season record and was the most by a Bulldog in 27 years. He also tied for the national lead with nine total take-aways, three interceptions returned for touchdowns and tied for seventh nationally with four forced fumbles. - Fresno State football

12/16/2012 - 2012 NCAA FBS CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: DB - x-Phillip Thomas (Unanimous), Fresno State, 6-1, 215, senior...Thomas led the nation in interceptions this season with eight, which set a new Mountain West single-season record and was the most by a Bulldog in 27 years. He also tied for the national lead with nine total take-aways, three interceptions returned for touchdowns and tied for seventh nationally with four forced fumbles. - Fresno State football

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: Safety - Phillip Thomas, senior, 6-1, 215, Fresno State...Thomas led the nation in interceptions this season with eight, which set a new Mountain West single-season record and was the most by a Bulldog in 27 years. He also tied for the national lead with nine total take-aways, three interceptions returned for touchdowns and tied for seventh nationally with four forced fumbles. - Fresno State football

12/16/2012 - 2012 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: DB Phillip Thomas, Sr., Fresno State...Thomas led the nation in interceptions this season with eight, which set a new Mountain West single-season record and was the most by a Bulldog in 27 years. He also tied for the national lead with nine total take-aways, three interceptions returned for touchdowns and tied for seventh nationally with four forced fumbles. - Fresno State football

12/13/2012 - 2012 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST-TEAM (COACHES & MEDIA): DB Phillip Thomas, Sr., Fresno State, has been selected First Team All-Mountain West Conference (Coaches & Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Thomas' eight picks led the nation and set a new Mountain West record. He also tied for the FBS lead with three interceptions returned for touchdowns and nine total take-aways (eight picks, one fumble recovery). His four forced fumbles tied for the sixth-most in the nation and his 12.0 tackles for a loss ranked No. 3 in the Mountain West. - Fresno State football

12/11/2012 - 2012 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES & MEDIA): Phillip Thomas, Sr., DB, Fresno State...Thomas is the first defensive back to win the award since Utah's Eric Weddle earned it in both 2005 and 2006...Is the 10th Bulldog player, and first since defensive end Chris Carter, to capture league defensive player of the year accolades...Has recorded a career-high 82 tackles (64 solo) in 2012.

Leads the MW and FBS with eight total interceptions, establishing a new MW record for the most in a single season. The previous record of seven picks was shared by UNLV's Kevin Thomas (2001), Utah's Eric Weddle (2006), Air Force's Anthony Wright (2009) and San Diego State's Larry Parker (2011). Thomas also has returned three of those interceptions for touchdowns to lead all FBS players and tie the MW single-season record of three (UNLV's Kevin Thomas in 2001 and Utah's Andre Dyson in 2000).

Ranks third in the MW with 12.0 tackles for loss...Is fourth in the league and tied for 14th nationally with 0.33 forced fumbles per game...Named MW Defensive Player of the Week twice in 2012 (Sept. 17 and Oct. 8)...Named to the 2012 AFCA and CBSSports.com All-America Teams...One of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award. - Mountain West football

12/01/2012 - Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas has been invited to the 64th annual Senior Bowl that is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Mobile, Ala. Thomas will become the 20th Bulldog to participate in the Senior Bowl and the first since Lonyae Miller in 2010. The 2013 Senior Bowl will be played at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be televised on the NFL Network.

Thomas led the nation in interceptions this season with eight, which set a new Mountain West single-season record and was the most by a Bulldog in 27 years. He also tied for the national lead with nine total take-aways, three interceptions returned for touchdowns and tied for seventh nationally with four forced fumbles. Thomas was also named to the 2012 AFCA All-America team this season and is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award that goes to the best defensive back in college football. - Fresno State football

11/21/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE BACK): Phillip Thomas (Fresno State)...Thomas leads the nation with eight interceptions, which is two more than any other player has and more than 35 FBS teams have on the season. He is also tied for the national lead with three pick-sixes and nine total take-aways (eight interceptions and one fumble recovery).

He leads Fresno State with 73 tackles this year and has forced three fumbles, posted three sacks and recorded four pass breakups. His 10.5 tackles for a loss leads the team and has him tied for the fourth-most in the Mountain West.

"It's really exciting. I never dreamed of this really happening this year," Thomas said. "I'm really excited that people have noticed the way I've played this year and just getting the recognition for what I've been doing on the field." - Fresno State football

10/08/2012 - WEEK 6 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Phillip Thomas, Fresno State, Senior, Safety, Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS...Senior safety Phillip Thomas led the Bulldog defensive efforts in a 28-7 road victory at Colorado State, registering a team-high eight tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception. The Bakersfield, Calif., product was responsible for both turnovers created by the Bulldog defense, with both leading to Fresno State touchdowns. His sack in the first quarter also forced CSU quarterback M.J. McPeek to fumble and gave Fresno State the ball on the CSU 29-yard line and led to the Bulldogs' first touchdown. In the second half with the Bulldogs up, 14-0, Thomas stopped Ram running back Charles Lovett short of a first down on a fourth-and-two, giving the Bulldogs the ball in CSU territory and leading to another Fresno State touchdown. On CSU's next possession, Thomas intercepted a McPeek pass, which led to Fresno State's fourth touchdown of the game. Thomas and the Bulldog defense held CSU to just 249 total yards and only 55 rushing. - Mountain West football

10/06/2012 - Derek Carr threw four touchdown passes, including two to Davante Adams, and Fresno State shut down Colorado State until the final moments for a 28-7 victory on Saturday night. Safety Phillip Thomas forced a fumble and had his NCAA-leading seventh interception of the season, and Robbie Rouse added 124 yards rushing on 26 carries for Fresno State (4-2, 2-0 Mountain West), which sent Colorado State (1-5, 0-2) to its fifth straight loss since a season-opening win over in-state rival Colorado. The Rams had a first-quarter score nullified by a penalty and saw two chances at interceptions slip through their fingers. Carr finished 25 of 39 for 217 yards. M.J. McPeek was 15 of 29 for 192 yards in his first career start for Colorado State, tossing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Charles Lovett with 42 seconds remaining as the Rams averted their first shutout at home in two years. McPeek, who was sacked four times, was playing in place of Garrett Grayson. He is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered in a 42-21 loss at Air Force on Sept. 29. - AP Sports

09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Phillip Thomas, Fresno State, Senior, Safety, Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS,...Senior safety Phillip Thomas equaled a Fresno State and Mountain West record with three interceptions in leading the Bulldogs' defensive efforts in a 69-14 win over Colorado. Thomas returned two of his three picks for touchdowns, the first from 16 yards out and the second from 46. Phillips is the only FBS player to record two interception return TDs in a single game this season and the third to do so in MW history, matching a record shared by two other individuals. The Bakersfield, Calif., product also contributed two tackles and a quarterback hurry in addition to his three picks. - Mountain West football

08/10/2012 - Junior S Phillip Thomas is coming back strong after suffering a gruesome injury to his lower left leg in a noncontact drill three days before last season's opener against Cal. He suffered a broken fibula, dislocated ankle and torn ligament in that ankle. Thomas was a topic of conversation among NFL scouts in March at the Bulldogs' pro day. He worked his way back from surgery in time to participate on a limited basis in spring practice. He is now reportedly as healthy as he was before the injury. "At the start of spring I was pretty hesitant, pretty nervous about my ankle and my injury, but toward the end I felt myself getting better and through the summer workouts it's getting a lot better, and I feel like my old self again," Thomas told the Fresno Bee. - The Sports Xchange

 
LATEST NEWS
04/24/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT RANG'S GANG: FS: Phillip Thomas, Fresno State, 6-1, 208, 4.57...The NFL loves playmakers and so do I. Thomas led the country with eight interceptions in 2012, demonstrating instincts, range and terrific ball-skills. While it took Thomas "breakout" senior campaign to earn him attention as a Thorpe Award finalist and All-American, scouts have been buzzing about this Bulldog for years. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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