Oct. 23, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Fifth-year senior outside linebacker Chase Thomas has been named a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Thomas currently leads Stanford with 42 total tackles and 28 solo tackles, and he is tied for the team lead with 9.0 tackles for loss. He has recorded 3.5 sacks from the outside linebacker position, forced a fumble and recovered two more fumbles - one for a defensive touchdown at Notre Dame. Thomas has one interception, which came in overtime of the Cardinal's 54-48 win versus Arizona. Last year a 2011 Sporting News All-American, Thomas has been named a 2012 SI.com Midseason All-American.
Named after Pro Football Hall of Fame member, Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The Lott Trophy is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Semifinalists for the award will be announced Nov. 13 and four finalists Nov. 28. The four finalists will be invited to the Dec. 9 Ninth Annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards Ceremony in Newport Beach, Calif. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
Thomas has also been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week following his performance in Saturday's 21-3 win at Cal in the 115th Big Game. He had 3.0 tackles for loss in the contest, along with a seven-yard sack, a forced fumble and another fumble recovery. Stanford's dominating defense recorded 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and allowed only three points, the lowest since the 2011 season opener versus San Jose State and fewest in a Big Game since 1998.
Thomas led an historic Stanford defensive performance that held the Pac-12's No. 3 rushing offense to three yards rushing, the fewest allowed by a Stanford defense since 2003 (vs. BYU, minus-five) and tied for the seventh best in school history.
No. 19 Stanford (5-2, 3-1) and Thomas next host a Pac-12 North contest at Stanford Stadium this Saturday against Washington State (2-5, 0-4). The 3:15 p.m. kickoff will be broadcast nationally on Pac-12 Networks.
Two regular season home games remain for the Cardinal at Stanford Stadium this season - Oct. 27 versus Washington State and Nov. 10 versus Oregon State - and tickets may be purchased online at GoStanford.com, at the Stanford Stadium ticket office or by calling 800-STANFORD.