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Earnest Thomas Hopes To Help Out At SAM

Due to the unfortunate suspension to the likely starter right before fall camp, the SAM position on the Fighting Illini defense was left without experience. Senior safety Trulon Henry was moved there to help out, and redshirt freshman Earnest Thomas was given a chance to battle for playing time. Thomas appears to be taking advantage of his opportunity.

Earnest Thomas was listed as the backup SAM linebacker for the Illinois football team after spring practice, but the redshirt freshman was far from a finished product. "Spring ball was all right, but it didn't meet my expectations," Thomas recalls. "I was still learning because I redshirted last year. I was learning the defense and everything that was going on. "But after the spring, I...

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