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Freshman Hugh Thornton Advanced For Age

Hugh Thornton (Holly Smith)

In an effort to bolster a crumbling offensive line, the Fighting Illini football team has been looking for players who will play with energy and determination. It may have found one in true freshman Hugh Thornton. A former heavyweight wrestling champion, Thornton has progressed more rapidly than anyone expected.

Hugh Thornton played football in Idaho through his junior year of high school. He moved to Oberlin, Ohio, upon the passing of his mother and sister. The University of Illinois is now his third home, and he has adjusted remarkably to the trauma of the past few years. The most athletic of the freshmen linemen, Thornton was expected to redshirt. But when duty called, he was ready. "For me, I...

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