Fresno State's Thomas, Nevada's Jefferson Named First-Team Midseason All-Americans by

Oct. 16, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Two MW football players have been named to'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 Midseason All-America Team
Pos. Player Ht. Wt. Class School
QB Geno Smith 6-3 220 Sr. West Virginia
RB Kenjon Barner 5-11 195 Sr. Oregon
RB Stefphon Jefferson 5-11 210 Jr. Nevada
WR Stedman Bailey 5-10 195 Jr. West Virginia
WR DeAndre Hopkins 6-1 200 Jr. Clemson
WR Marqise Lee 6-0 195 So. USC
TE Zach Ertz 6-6 252 Jr. Stanford
OT D.J. Fluker 6-6 335 Jr. Alabama
OT Luke Joeckel 6-6 310 Jr. Texas A&M
OG Chance Warmack 6-3 320 Sr. Alabama
OG Jonathan Cooper 6-3 310 Sr. North Carolina
C Barrett Jones 6-5 302 Sr. Alabama
Pos. Player Ht. Wt. Class School
DE Jadeveon Clowney 6-6 256 So. South Carolina
DE Damontre Moore 6-4 250 Jr. Texas A&M
DT Star Lotulelei 6-4 325 Sr. Utah
DT Johnathan Hankins 6-3 317 Jr. Ohio State
LB Jarvis Jones 6-3 241 Jr. Georgia
LB Manti Te'o 6-2 255 Sr. Notre Dame
LB C.J. Mosley 6-2 232 Jr. Alabama
DB Johnthan Banks 6-2 185 Sr. Mississippi State
DB Dee Milliner 6-1 199 Jr. Alabama
S Matt Elam 5-10 202 Jr. Florida
S Phillip Thomas 6-1 215 Sr. Fresno State
Special Teams
Pos. Player Ht. Wt. Class School
K Mike Meyer 6-2 185 Jr. Iowa
P Sean Sellwood 6-3 203 Sr. Utah
KR Dri Archer 5-8 175 Jr. Kent State
PR Marcus Murphy 5-9 185 So. Missouri
AP De'Anthony Thomas 5-9 173 So. Oregon

Second Team

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.