Heading into the 2011 season, Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas was looked at as one of the nation's top safety prospects. However, a gruesome leg injury that included a dislocated ankle to go with a broken leg forced him to take a medical redshirt and come back as a sixth-year senior in 2012.
Thomas came back better than ever, leading the country in interceptions and doing his best to show NFL scouts that he's fully recovered from his injury and ready for the next level.
Full Name: Phillip Thomas
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
High School: Bakersfield HS
Year: Redshirt Senior
Thomas has a nose for the ball, leading the nation in interceptions
- A native of California, Thomas was a second-team all-state selection as a defensive back and running back
- In his final season in Fresno, returned three of his eight interceptions for touchdowns
- Current ESPN.com ranking among NFL draft-eligible safeties: No. 8
- A 2012 Jim Thorpe Award finalist, became the first Bulldog in Fresno State history to become a unanimous All-American in his senior season
- Twitter ID: @Phil_Me16
Observations from around the web
- Thomas is an active user of Twitter whose tweets are generally short and fairly modest in nature
- 19 NFL teams attended Fresno State's pro day to watch Thomas and his teammates
- Thomas told DC radio hosts Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier, after visiting the Redskins said, "It's crazy. They run exactly the same scheme that I ran in college."
- According to NFL Network's Mike Mayock, Thomas "projects to the third round" and "is a starting free safety in the NFL".