Chris Thomas
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    Chris Thomas

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Westerville, OH

    High School:
    St. Francis DeSales

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 205

    Position:
    DB

    2008 (Junior) - Started every game at strong safety ... second on the team in total tackles with 107, including a team-best 66 unassisted ... ranked 10th in the conference in tackles with an 8.2 per-game average ... led the conference with 66 unassisted tackles ... one of just 10 players in the MWC to record 100 or more tackles ... is the league's seventh-leading returning tackler entering 2009 ... one of 13 players in Air Force history to post two or more seasons with 100 or more tackles, as he had 110 in 2007 ... enters the season with a chance to become one of four players in school history to record three seasons with 100 or more tackles ... he would join Tom Foertsch (1976-78), Terry Maki (1984-86) and Brian Hill (1988-90) ... Thomas would be the first defensive back to accomplish it, as all three of the others were linebackers ... ranked 10th in the conference in quarterback sacks with a .31 per-game average ... led the conference and ranked fifth in the nation in fumble recoveries with four, an average of .31 per game ... recorded five games with double-figure tackles, including three of the final four games, during the season ... 13 tackles, a quarterback sack, a tackle for loss, forced fumble and fumble recovery vs. Wyoming ... earned MWC defensive player of the week honors for his efforts ... eight tackles, a fumble recovery, sack and tackle for loss vs. Utah ... ... 10 tackles with a pass breakup vs. Colorado State ... played one of the best games of his career against BYU, collecting a career-high 17 tackles which was the most by a Falcon in 2008 ... also had a sack, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery ... was named the National Football Foundation, Colorado Chapter player of the week for his efforts vs. BYU ... recorded a game-high 16 tackles, including 12 unassisted, against Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl ... also had two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery ... his 16 total tackles is an Armed Forces Bowl record and his 12 unassisted stops are just one off the bowl record ... led the team in tackles seven times on the season ... named second-team all-MWC and first-team all-Colorado by the National Football Foundation Colorado Chapter.

    2007 (Sophomore) - Honorable mention all-MWC ... started all 13 games at strong safety ... second on the team in tackles with 110 ... sixth in the MWC with 8.5 tackles per game ... led the team with 10 pass breakups ... one interception ... blocked a field goal vs. TCU, one of only two blocks by a Falcon in 2007 ... nine tackles for loss for 32 yards were second on the team ... team-high nine tackles vs. SCSU ... also had a pass breakup and half a sack ... eight tackles, a tackle for loss and interception against Utah ... eight tackles and blocked a field goal vs. TCU ... season-highs of 14 total tackles, 10 solos and three pass breakups vs. BYU ... also had two tackles for loss ... 10 tackles vs. UNLV with a tackle for loss ... team-high 11 tackles vs. CSU ... six tackles, one for loss and a pass break up vs. Wyoming ... eight tackles, two tackles for loss, vs. UNM ... tied for the team lead with seven tackles vs. Army ... five tackles, all unassisted, vs. Notre Dame ... 13 tackles, the second most of his career, and a tackle for loss vs. San Diego State ... eight tackles vs. California in the bowl game.

    2006 (Freshman) - Played in all 12 games as a backup Falcon back and on special teams ... recorded 25 total tackles, including 15 unassisted ... tied for the team lead with two pass breakups ... had one interception and one fumble recovery ... recorded his first-career interception vs. Navy ... career-best eight tackles vs. BYU ... five tackles and a safety at Army ... two tackles, one for a loss and a fumble recovery at TCU.

    High School - Lettered three years in football and two in baseball ... second-team all-district in football as a junior ... all-district and all-state as a senior ... was a member of the National Honor Society ... high school football coach was Bob Jacoby.

    Personal - Son of Mike and LuAnne Thomas ... siblings are Lindsay and Emily ... member of Cadet Squadron 36 ... major is management ... also recruited by Akron, Navy and Wofford ... on the athletics list last year ... completed Operation Air Force in Germany in the summer of 2007 ... also completed Global Engagement and Soaring that summer ... favorite book is the Screwtape Letter ... favorite TV show is Seinfeld ... favorite movie is Braveheart ... hobbies are sleeping, reading and fishing ... favorite NFL player is Indianapolis Colts defensive back Bob Sanders ... favorite non-traditional sport to watch is trick shot bowling ... plans on attending graduate school after graduating from the Academy ... advice to young people is to work hard and don't let anyone tell you, you can't be the person you dream you can be ... credits his parents as having the biggest influence on his sports career.

    Thomas' Career Statistics

    Year	G	U-AT	TT	TFL	Sacks 	Int	FF/R
    2008	13	66-41	107	9.0-44	4.0-33 	1-0	2/4
    2007	13	56-54	110	9.0-32	1.5-15	1-12	0/1
    2006	12	10-15	25	0.5-1	0.0-0	1-0	0/1
    Totals	38	132-110	242	18.5-77	5.5-48	3-12	2/6	
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