Phillip Thomas Goes in Round 4 of NFL Draft

April 27, 2013

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas was selected Saturday by the Washington Redskins with the 119th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2013 National Football League Draft.

Thomas, at 6-1, 215-pounds, becomes the 24th Bulldog drafted since 2000 and is the seventh safety to be selected, the last being Tyrone Culver by the Green Bay Packers in 2006.

Jackie Fellows in 1944 is the only other Bulldog that has been drafted by the Redskins.

Thomas became the first player in Fresno State history to be named a unanimous All-American in 2012, a year in which his eight interceptions led the nation and set a new Mountain West record. Thomas returned three interceptions for touchdowns and also forced four fumbles on the year.

Along with the All-America accolades, Thomas was garnered with a number of other honors during his senior season. He became the school's first-ever finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award that honors the nation's top defensive back, was the 2012 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and received the College Football Performance Awards Defensive Back Trophy.

Thomas did all this while coming back from a broken leg and dislocated ankle that caused him to miss all of his junior season in 2011.

For his career, Thomas ranks first in school history with four interceptions returned for touchdowns and that is one shy of tying the NCAA career record. He picked off 13 total passes in his time with the Bulldogs, ranking seventh in school history.

Thomas had 178 tackles, 17.0 tackles for a loss, four sacks, six forced fumbles and 15 pass breakups. His 12.0 tackles for a loss as a senior led the team and tied for fourth in the Mountain West.

He forced four fumbles in 2012 to tie for eighth nationally in that category and he tied for the FBS lead with nine total take-aways (eight interceptions, one fumble recovery). Thomas also had a team-high 84 tackles in 2012.

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