Recorded a then-career-high nine tackles at No. 4 Oregon ... forced a fumble on his first career sack in that Oregon game and also recovered a fumble against the Ducks ... tied the school and Mountain West records with three interceptions against Colorado, Sept. 15, in a 69-14 victory ... he returned two of his three picks against the Buffs for TDs, setting a new school record for pick sixes in a game and tying the Mountain West record .... named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week and the Jim Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week after his performance against the Buffs ... also earned Player of the Day honors from ESPN's College Football, Defensive Player of the Week accolades from CBS Inside College Football and CFPA National Defensive Performer and Defensive Back of the Week honors after the CU game ... set a new career-high with 10 tackles at Tulsa when he also had two pass breakups and one tackle for a loss ... intercepted two passes in a win over San Diego State, Sept. 29, which was the third multi-interception game of his career and his second of the season ... posted eight tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception in a 28-7 win at Colorado State ... named the MW Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after the CSU victory ... had nine tackles and one tackle for a loss at No. 22 Boise State, Oct. 13 ... intercepted his seventh pass of the season vs. Wyoming on Oct. 20 and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown ... set a new school record and tied the Mountain West record for most interceptions returned for a touchdown in a season (3) with that TD against Wyoming ... also forced his third fumble of the season against the Cowboys ... team captain.
Suffered a broken leg and a dislocated ankle in a non-contact drill three days before the season opener, causing him to miss the entire season.
Started 11 games and finished fifth on the team in tackles with 64 ... led the `Dogs with three interceptions (at Ole Miss, at San Jose State and at Boise State) ... broke up a team-best 19 passes ... recorded career highs of nine tackles against Cal Poly and Utah State ... returned an interception 51 yards against San Jose State and had a 39-yard return on a pick at Ole Miss ... broke up a team-high nine passes on the year ... recorded 3.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles on the year
Played in all 13 games and emerged as the season progressed into a game-changing player ... had two interceptions, including an 21-yarder for a touchdown in a win over Illinois in the regular season finale ... had a season-high eight tackles at Hawai'i ... his two picks led the team on the season ... 10th on the team in tackles with 33 and had 1.5 for losses ... had seven tackles in the New Mexico Bowl.
Ran for 612 yards on 84 carries his senior season ... scored eight touchdowns on the ground with a long of 75 yards ... played in just six games ... first team all-league for two-straight years ... had 10 tackles in a 14-7 loss to high-power Sacramento Grant in the first game of the season ... selected second-team all-state ... rated as the 13th-best cornerback in California by one recruiting service ... had three receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown ... also threw for two touchdowns ... as a defensive back, made 21 total tackles, 14 solo ... had two interceptions for 30 yards ... helped the Drillers to an 8-4 overall record in 2006.
Thomas was born on March 1, 1989 ... mother is Janice Venus ... has two brothers, Patrick and Alonzo ... majoring in criminology.
- 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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