Named to AFCA All-America Team, 11/28
Named Finalist for Jim Thorpe Award, 11/19
Named Semifinalist for 2012 Jim Thorpe Award, 10/29
Added to the Bednarik Award Watch List, 10/25
First-Team Midseason All-American (CBSSports.com), 10/15
Second-Team Midseason All-American (Phil Steele), 10/12
Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, 10/8
Jim Thorpe Award Defensive Back of the Week, 9/19
ESPN's College Football Defensive Player of the Day, 9/15
CBS Inside College Football National Defensive Player of the Week, 9/15
CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Week, 9/16
CFPA National Defensive Back of the Week, 9/16
Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, 9/17
2012 AFCA All-American PHILLIP THOMAS LEADS THE FBS WITH EIGHT INTERCEPTIONS AND IS TIED FOR THE NATIONAL LEAD WITH NINE TOTAL TAKE-AWAYS AND THREE PICK-SIXES
► When comparing Phillip Thomas to the other three other finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, Thomas' numbers are clearly far better than the others
Jim Thorpe Award Finalists
Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Dee Milliner, Alabama
►Phillip Thomas missed the entire 2011 season with a broken leg and dislocated ankle. In his absence, Fresno State struggled to a 4-9 season. With Thomas back this year, he has helped lead Fresno State to a 9-3 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the Mountain West, where the Bulldogs captured a share of their first conference championship since 1999.
FBS Take-Away Leaders
Phillip Thomas, Fresno State
Durrell Givens, Iowa State
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State
His eight interceptions lead the nation and has set a new MW single-season record. It is also the most picks by a Bulldog in 27 years.
He individually has more interceptions than 29 FBS teams have this year, including four Mountain West teams.
Thomas has returned three interceptions for touchdowns, which has set a new school single-season record, tied the Mountain West record, tied for the national lead and is one off the NCAA record.
He has nine total take-aways on the year (eight interceptions, one fumble recovery), which is tied for the most from any one player in the FBS.
No. 2 in the MW with 12.0 tackles for a loss and he also has four sacks on the season.
His four forced fumbles are tied for the most in the Mountain West and tied for seventh nationally.
Leads the team with 82 tackles and he has four pass breakups and one quarterback hurry.
He tied the school and Mountain West records with three interceptions and two pick-sixes on Sept. 15 against Colorado. It is one of two multi-interception games he had this year.
Posted career-highs in tackles (12) and tackles for a loss (2.5) in a win at Nevada, Nov. 10, when he also intercepted one pass.
Had nine tackles, one tackle for a loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery at No. 4 Oregon on Sept. 8.
Posted eight or more tackles in 6-of-12 games, has recorded at least one tackle for a loss in 10-of-12 games and has had a tackle for a loss in each of the final seven games of the regular season.
Fresno State With and Without Phillip Thomas
o Tied for Dead Last in take-aways with nine in 2011. With Thomas back in 2012, he helped lead Fresno State defense that is tied for third nationally in turnovers gained with 33. The Bulldogs have registered the biggest turnover turnaround in the FBS this century (a difference of 24 turnovers form last year to this one) and have become the first team this century to have under 10 take-aways one season but over 30 the next.
o In 2011, Fresno State tied for 111th nationally with five interceptions. Fresno State is tied for No. 3 in the FBS with 20picks this year.
o Fresno State ranked 80th nationally in pass efficiency defense in 2011 at 136.16. With Thomas back in 2012, the Bulldogs are eighthat 100.02.
o Fresno State allowed 435.9 yards of total offense (100th nationally) and 35.15 points (106th nationally) in 2011 without Thomas. This year, Fresno State is 20th in total defense (3335.3) and 28th in scoring defense (22.3).