Nov. 29, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Stanford linebacker Chase Thomas was named the Pac-10 Conference's Defensive Player of the Week following a career-high nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and the third shutout of the season, over Oregon State, 38-0.
Thomas ranks second on the team with 66 total tackles and ranks first with 47 solo stops. His 11.5 tackles for a loss is a team high, as is his 7.5 sacks. The third-year Georgia junior also has one interception. This is the second time this season Thomas has made nine tackles on the year.
The Stanford defense, which is allowing 17.8 points per game, leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense and ranks 11th nationally. The Cardinal are allowing 325.8 yards per game, 24th-best in the nation.
It is the third time this season Stanford has posted a Pac-10 shutout, a first since 1969.
With a record 11 wins overall and eight in conference play, Stanford has also won for the first time: at the Rose Bowl since 1996 (35-0 over UCLA), at Notre Dame Stadium since 1992 (Stanford 37-14), at Sun Devil Stadium since 1999 (Stanford 17-13) and at Memorial Stadium since 2000 (Stanford 48-14 over Cal). The team's 41-0 shutout at Washington was the largest in series history.
Pac-10 Players of the Week from Stanford
September 13-Michael Thomas, defensive
September 27-Nate Whitaker, special teams
November 8-Andrew Luck, offensive
November 22-Andrew Luck, offensive
November 29-Chase Thomas, defensive