Nov. 29, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Fifth-year senior outside linebacker Chase Thomas has been named one of four finalists 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 has 58 total tackles (36 solo), and he is third on the team with 12.0 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He has 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. Thomas was named First-Team All-Pac-12 earlier this week and a 2012 SI.com Midseason All-American last month.
Thomas has been a powerful leader for an historic Stanford defense which ranks No. 1 in the FBS in rushing defense (71.33), sacks (4.42) and tackles for loss (9.25). The Cardinal owns the No. 11 scoring defense (16.92) and has held 10 of 12 opponents to 20 or fewer points this season. The Thomas-led defense has also this season recorded three of the top 10 defensive rushing single-game performances in Stanford history. The 76 yards of offense allowed at Colorado is a school record. Thomas last week at UCLA recorded two sacks, while the team broke the school's single-season sacks record.
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. Each of the finalists has been highly recommended by their universities, citing their strong academic work, community involvement and team leadership roles.
The Lott IMPACT Foundation awards $25,000 to the general scholarship fund of the winner's university and $5,000 to each of the three runners-up.
The other three finalists are Arthur Brown (LB, Kansas State), Jarvis Jones (LB, Georgia) and Manti Te'o (LB, Notre Dame).
The four finalists will attend the Dec. 9 Ninth Annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards Ceremony in Newport Beach, Calif. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and current Stanford professor. The event will be televised live by FOX Sports West at 7 p.m. PT.
Thomas last month was named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week following his performance in Saturday's 21-3 win at Cal in the 115th Big Game.
Stanford's Owen Marecic received an Honorary Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2010.
Thomas and his Cardinal teammates will take the field one final time at Stanford Stadium on Friday as No. 8 Stanford plays host to No. 17 UCLA in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT with a national broadcast on FOX. Tickets are available for sale now for Cardinal fans to pack the house one final time in 2012, for Stanford to win a Pac-12 Championship.