Have you ever wanted to get a player's perspective on a particular game or college football in general? Do you want to know what it's like to be a student-athlete at a major Division I university? Here's your opportunity! This week's guest is Bruin linebacker Robert Thomas!

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This senior has demonstrated that he is one of the best, if not the best, linebacker in the nation … A semi-finalist for the 2000 Dick Butkus Award, presented to the nation’s top linebacker, he possesses all of the tools one looks for in a great player … His attributes include explosiveness, great speed and quickness … Thomas possesses the ability to fill the hole to stop the run, roam from sideline to sideline and cover receivers … His experience and leadership will be a great asset to the defensive unit … The 2001 season will be his third as a starter and another outstanding year will put him into UCLA’s Top 20 for career tackles.

Compared to a cobra by head coach Bob Toledo because of his explosiveness at the point of attack, Thomas was one of 11 semifinalists for the Butkus Award in 2000, which honors the nation’s top linebacker … He was named UCLA’s Defensive Most Valuable Player and was selected second team All-Pacific-10 by the league’s coaches … On the year, Thomas led the team with 88 tackles, 10 more than No. 2 Ryan Nece, despite being hampered by a stress reaction in his left foot … He was tied for second on the squad with nine tackles for loss and led the Bruins and the Pac-10 with six fumbles forced … His regular-season average of 7.3 tackles per game ranked 11th in the Pac-10.

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