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Ian Thomas Finally Making His Presence Felt

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With the graduation of three linebackers, the Fighting Illini football team needed to regroup at those positions this spring. While there are still questions to be answered, redshirt sophomore Ian Thomas appears to be coming into his own. He was named most improved defender at the end of spring practice.

Ian Thomas came to Illinois from DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland as an undersized middle linebacker. Now a sturdy 6'-0", 225, Thomas has the experience and confidence to be a leader among the linebacker corps. His willingness to work hard is demonstrated by his abilities in the weight room, especially the bench press. "I got close to 500 pounds," Thomas says. "I might hit 50...

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