One of the top outside linebackers in the nation heading into the 2012 season...earned Sporting News All-America honors last season after a 52-tackle campaign that included 8.5 sacks among his 17.5 tackles-for-loss...now has 36.0 tackles-for-loss, including 20.0 sacks, in 39 career games...ranks ninth all-time in tackles-for-loss and tied for eighth in career sacks...has made 34 consecutive starts dating back to the sixth game of the 2009 season.
Team captain and defensive leader came back to The Farm for a fifth season and achieved all of his goals...was second on the team with 71 tackles and 43 solo stops...boasted 14.5 TFL in 2012, tied for second on the squad...raised career total to 50.5 tackles for loss, fifth most in school history...notched 7.5 sacks this season to increase his career tally to 27.5, fourth all-time in Stanford record book
Recorded a pair of sacks and 10 tackles vs. UCLA in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game...six days earlier made another 2.0 sacks among four tackles at UCLA... led with a team-high seven tackles, 3.0 TFL and a seven-yard sack that forced a fumble at Cal...honored for pacing a dominating defensive Big Game with Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Lott IMPACT Trophy Player of the Week...delivered in the clutch with second career interception in overtime win vs. Arizona, adding team- high 11 tackles (five solo) and 1.5 TFL...recorded seven tackles (four solo) vs. No. 2 USC including a six- yard sack of Matt Barkley on USC's final third down...made two tackles and one pass breakup in a home win over Oregon State...had five tackles (two solo), one pass defended and a TFL vs. Washington State.
Recorded four tackles (three solo), recovered a fumble in the end zone for his first career score and tallied three quarterback hurries at Notre Dame...made four solo tackles at Washington, including a nine-yard sack...started the season with five tackles (four solo) including 2.5 TFL vs. San Jose State...named one of four finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy for the Defensive Player of the Year with equal weight to personal character as well as athletic performance...earned All-Pac-12 first team honors...recipient of the team's Frank Rehm Award as the Big Game Most Valuable Lineman...honored with the team's Jim Reynolds Award for courage and dedication to the game, as an inspiration to all.
Earned Sporting News All-America honors and first team All-Pac-12 Conference marks after a sensational junior campaign...finished fourth on the squad in tackles with 52...led the Pac-12 in tackles for loss per game at 1.35 (17.5 total) and ranked tied for second in sacks per game at 0.65 (8.5 total)...also was credited with five forced fumbles (0.38 per game), which ranked second in the conference and tied for 10th nationally...had five or more tackles in six games...registered six tackles, including 2.5 sacks among his 3.5 tackles for loss, against Duke in Week Two...combined for 16 tackles in a three-game stretch against Colorado (5), Washington State (5) and Washington (6)...posted a season-best eight tackles against Oregon...recorded five solo efforts, including two sacks among his three tackles for lost yardage against Notre Dame.
Honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection...started 13 games at the outside "sam" linebacker position in Stanford's 3-4 defensive alignment...ranked as the team's second- leading tackler with 70 stops, including a team high 11.5 for loss...shared (Skov) the team lead in sacks with 7.5 sacks, which were the most by a Stanford player since Jon Alston registered 10 in 2004...also had one interception and two fumble recoveries...ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in sacks per game (0.62) and tied for 13th in tackles for loss (0.88)...finished with five tackles in Stanford's 35-0 shutout of UCLA...recovered a Randall Carroll fumble at the UCLA 46 in the second quarter...had seven stops at Notre Dame, as the Cardinal limited the Irish to just 44 net rushing yards...totaled 35 tackles, including 27 solo efforts, in Stanford's last five regular season games... was the team's leading tackler in Stanford's dominating defensive performance against Washington...finished with a career-high nine stops, including seven solo efforts...also registered a sack...matched his career high with nine tackles in Stanford's 38-0 victory over Oregon State...also had 2.5 sacks among his 3.5 tackles-for-loss and forced one fumble...was named the Pac-10's Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts...finished with four tackles against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
Named a second team freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com...also earned ESPN.com and Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman honors...appeared in all 13 games and made eight starts at defensive end...took over the starting role at Oregon State after Erik Lorig was sidelined with an injury...finished with 36 total tackles, including seven for loss...had four sacks on the year, which tied for second on the team with Will Powers...recorded sacks in two of Stanford's first three games...had one sack for a loss of eight yards at Washington State and one sack for a loss of 11 yards against San Jose State...also recorded sacks against Oregon and Notre Dame...had a season-high six tackles against Arizona State on Oct. 24.
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Graduated from Walton High School in Marietta, Ga. ...ranked as the No. 26 overall recruit from Georgia and the No. 27 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com but is expected to move to defensive end at Stanford...ESPN.com tabbed him as the No. 18 defensive end in the nation...named All-Southeast Region for the Class of 2008 by PrepStar...SuperPrep has him as the No. 41-best prospect in Georgia...played in the Under Armour All-America Game following his senior season...recorded 84 tackles and a career-high 17.0 sacks while leading his team to a 6A-5A League title and a spot in the state semifinals in 2007 when he earned first team all-state honors from the Georgia Sports Writers Association and was named the Cobb County Defensive Player of the Year...had 82 tackles, 10.0 sacks and a fumble recovery as a junior in 2006 after a sophomore campaign in which he had almost identical stats with 79 tackles, 10.0 sacks and a fumble recovery...set school records for career sacks (37.0) and single-season sacks (17.0)...ranked as the nation's No. 82 defensive end by Scout.com.
Majoring in communications.
- New Orleans Saints Announce 2013 Rookie Free Agent Class...Chase Thomas - Linebacker, Stanford (6-3, 241): Thomas appeared in 52 games with 47 starts at both defensive end and outside linebacker at Stanford, finishing with 229 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 50.5 stops for a loss, two interceptions, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. An All-Pac 12 Conference first-team choice as a senior by league coaches and media, the Marietta, Ga. native finished second on the team with 71 tackles, tied for second with 14.5 stops for a loss and filled up the stat sheet with 7.5 sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. - NewOrleansSaints.com
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