Oct. 8, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Fresno State senior safety Phillip Thomas was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. This is the second time this season Thomas has been named the league's defensive player of the week.
Thomas continues to post big numbers for the Bulldog defense that leads the nation in take aways.
The Bakersfield, Calif. native intercepted his nation's-leading sixth pass of the season in last weekend's 28-7 win at Colorado State. Thomas also had a team-high eight tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
That sack in the first quarter 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 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.
Through six games this year, Thomas has two more interceptions than any other player in the nation. His six picks are already tied for the second-most in Mountain West single-season history and are more than the Bulldogs as a team had in the entire 2011 season.
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