Scout Premium Content

Ian Thomas Making Last Year His Best

The Fighting Illini defense has been playing far better than most considered possible going into the season. Of course, the Illini knew they could do it because of a combination of talent and leadership. A player with both is senior MIKE linebacker Ian Thomas. He is healthy and showing his importance to the Illini defense game by game.

Ian Thomas is a three year starter at linebacker for Illinois. He was forced into action prematurely as a youngster, but he has learned and grown consistently since then. "Things happened and I had to play young, before I was really ready to take the leadership role that I had to take. But I've come a long way. I've matured a lot, and I have a lot more experience now. I'm ready to lead the...

IlliniPlaybook.com Recommended Stories


Up Next


The Sports Xchange gives an in-depth look at Northwestern's first Big Ten opponent, the Illinois…

Tweets