Robert Thomas Selected Student-Athlete of the Week

Nov. 5, 2001

Senior Robert Thomas (Imperial, CA/Imperial HS) of the UCLA Football Team was selected as the Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4.

Thomas, a 2001 Butkus Award semifinalist for the second straight season and a 2001 Lombardi Award semifinalist, enjoyed a monster game against Washington State. He was credited with 18 tackles (eight solos), including two for loss (0.5 sacks). The last Bruin to make more tackles in a game was All-American safety Eric Turner, who made 21 against Oregon in 1989. Thomas has now led the Bruins in tackles in seven straight games (all but Alabama), and he ranks first in the Pac-10 in tackles (11.13) and tackles for loss (2.50) and tied for fifth in sacks (0.62).

On the year, Thomas leads the Bruins with a career-high 89 tackles (57 solos and 32 assists). Twenty of his tackles have been for losses, putting him on pace to shatter Marvcus Patton's school record of 22 tackles for loss in a season. He currently ranks third on the single-season list, and the two players ahead of him (Patton and Donnie Edwards) are both currently starters for the Kansas City Chiefs.

This is Thomas' first career Student-Athlete of the Week honor.

Also nominated: Ashley Bowles (women's volleyball), Brett Ormsby (men's water polo), Sara Platzer (women's swimming and diving), Stephanie Rigamat (women's soccer), Sara Walker (women's tennis) and Zach Wells (men's soccer).

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Virginia
Pasadena, CA
W, 34 - 16
Saturday, Sep 12
Las Vegas, NV
W, 37 - 3
Saturday, Sep 19
vs. Brigham Young
Pasadena, CA
W, 24 - 23
Saturday, Sep 26
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
W, 56 - 30
Saturday, Oct 03
vs. Arizona State
Pasadena, CA
L, 23 - 38
Thursday, Oct 15 - 7:30 PM PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Thursday, Oct 22 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Pasadena, CA
Saturday, Oct 31 - TBA PST
vs. Colorado
Pasadena, CA
Saturday, Nov 07 - TBA PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Nov 14 - TBA PST
vs. Washington State
Pasadena, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, Nov 28 - TBA PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. Pac-12 Championship ...
Santa Clara, CA