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Now Healthy Again, Thornton Looks Toward Bowl

The Fighting Illini football team struggled at times on the offensive line this season. Junior Hugh Thornton had probably his best year as a full-time starter, but he missed a couple crucial games late in the season due to knee surgery. He is healthy again and ready for the bowl game and his senior season.

Hugh Thornton started nine games for Illinois this past season at weakside guard. However, he missed the last half of the Penn State game and all the Michigan and Wisconsin games due to a knee injury. Those were crucial games for the Illini season, and his absence no doubt contributed to the losses. He explains what happened. "I had a cartilage tear, but it was removed and I feel good now...

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