Fresno State's Thomas, Nevada's Jefferson Named First-Team Midseason All-Americans by CBSSports.com
Oct. 16, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two MW football players have been named to CBSSports.com's Midseason All-America first team, the website announced Monday. Fresno State senior Phillip Thomas and Nevada junior Stefphon Jefferson represent the Mountain West. The MW is one of six conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) with multiple honorees on the list.
A senior from Bakersfield, Calif., Thomas currently leads the nation with six interceptions. He has returned his six picks for 78 yards and two touchdowns, which ties for the national lead in interceptions returned for a touchdown. Thomas is second on the team and 17th in the Mountain West with 48 total tackles, including 35 solo stops, 5.0 tackles for loss and two sacks. Additionally, Thomas has forced two fumbles and has recovered one.
Jefferson, who hails from Visalia, California, leads the nation in rushing, averaging 162.9 yards per game. With 1,140 rushing yards, the junior is the only FBS player this season to have already topped the 1,000-yard mark. Jefferson has reached the end zone 15 times in the first seven games to rank fourth nationally and lead all MW players. He is also sixth in the FBS and first in the Conference with 182.7 all-purpose yards per game.
Earlier this month, Thomas and Jefferson were recognized as midseason All-Americans by Phil Steele. Thomas was selected to the second team, while Jefferson was named to the fourth team alongside New Mexico sophomore kick returner Chase Clayton and San Diego State senior cornerback Leon McFadden.
|2012 CBSSports.com Midseason All-America Team|
|QB||Geno Smith||6-3||220||Sr.||West Virginia|
|WR||Stedman Bailey||5-10||195||Jr.||West Virginia|
|OT||Luke Joeckel||6-6||310||Jr.||Texas A&M|
|OG||Jonathan Cooper||6-3||310||Sr.||North Carolina|
|DE||Jadeveon Clowney||6-6||256||So.||South Carolina|
|DE||Damontre Moore||6-4||250||Jr.||Texas A&M|
|DT||Johnathan Hankins||6-3||317||Jr.||Ohio State|
|LB||Manti Te'o||6-2||255||Sr.||Notre Dame|
|DB||Johnthan Banks||6-2||185||Sr.||Mississippi State|
|S||Phillip Thomas||6-1||215||Sr.||Fresno State|
|KR||Dri Archer||5-8||175||Jr.||Kent State|
Offense -- QB: Collin Klein, Kansas State; RB: Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona; Beau Blankenship, Ohio; WR: Terrance Williams, Baylor; Tavon Austin, West Virginia, Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech; TE: Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame; OT: Taylor Lewan, Michigan; Tyler Johnstone, Oregon; OG: Cyril Richardson, Baylor; Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State; C: Joe Madsen, West Virginia.
Defense -- DE: Scott Crichton, Oregon State; Morgan Breslin, USC; DT: Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame; Kawann Short, Purdue; LB: Kyle Van Noy, BYU; Arthur Brown, Kansas State; Anthony Barr, UCLA; CB: Jordan Poyer, Oregon State; Bradley Roby, Ohio State; S: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas; Eric Reid, LSU.
Special Teams -- K: Caleb Sturgis, Florida; P: Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech; KR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia; PR: Ace Sanders, South Carolina; All-Purpose: Venric Mark, Northwestern.