#NECFB: Stephan Thomas Captures National Honor after Sacred Heart’s Second Straight Road Win

Alec Finney made the most of an amazing opportunity on Saturday night in Easton, PA. The freshman nailed the game-winning 42-yard field goal against Lafayette as time expired, but he never gets that chance if not for the defensive effort of Sacred Heart cornerback Stephan Thomas.

The junior defensive back forced three turnovers and added a touchdown-saving tackle during a goal line stand in the 26-24 road win.  Those credentials were enough to impress the staff over at The Sports Network as the national newswire service tabbed Thomas its Division I FCS National Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

Thomas was a game-changer under the lights at Lafayette, locking up Preseason All-Patriot League receiver Mark Ross and making four drive-ending plays in SHU’s own territory.

Stephan Thomas vs. Marist

He is part of a secondary that SHU head coach Mark Nofri has seen as a team strength since before the season started.  In Week 1, Thomas’ teammate, strong safety Gordon Hill was the defensive star as he logged 3.0 tackles for loss, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble during a 37-21 win at Marist.

Thomas shared this week’s national defensive honor with UT Martin linebacker Tony Bell, who made 5.0 TFL and forced two fumbles against FBS member Boise State.

Read the official news release from The Sports Network:  SDSU’s Zenner highlights FCS players of the week

sports network release

3 thoughts on “#NECFB: Stephan Thomas Captures National Honor after Sacred Heart’s Second Straight Road Win

  1. Stephan Thomas is the most physical cornerback i’ve seen in a long time. He has the ability to lock up and enjoys tackling. Very blue collar approach, which isn’t the m.o for most corners. He can play the strong safety position and not give up anything in the tackling area. The dude balls out!! Along with G.Hill, D. Reagan, P.Samford, and J.D.Rousell the Sacred Heart secondary is for real.The linebackers are for real.The lineman on both sides of the ball are for real. The receivers are for real. The freshman qb is for real. Keshaudus is a for real for real. The PIONEERS ARE FOR REAL!!!!! # SHUSTANDUP

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