Teammates Write Tributes to 2012 Senior Class
Selected Quotes from Tim Beckman's Weekly Press Conference
The Illini Return Home to Host FCS Foe on Saturday at 11 am CT
The Illini Travel Out West to Face the Sun Devils on Saturday Night
Ashante Williams returns an interception 60 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown
2011 - Redshirt Freshman: Played in eight games, recording six tackles on the season ... Had one solo tackle against Indiana ... Made two tackles against South Dakota State ... Made Illini debut against Arkansas State, recording one tackle.
2010 - Freshman: Redshirted the 2010 season.
High School: Recorded 100 tackles, seven tackles for loss, forced a fumble and had one interception as a senior ... A three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... PrepStar All-Midwest Region ... Ranked as the 46th-best safety nationally by Rivals.com ... Rated as the 13th-best prospect in the state of Michigan by Rivals.com ... A three-star recruit by Scout.com ... Ranked No. 13 on The Detroit News Blue Chip list ... Had 480 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns on the offensive side as a senior ... Ranked the 54th-best safety in the nation by Scout.com ... Helped lead his team to the Michigan Div. III championship game.
Personal: Son of Sonya and Earnest Thomas Jr. ... Born on Dec. 19, 1991 ... Had over a 3.0 GPA in high school ... Enrolled in the general curriculum ... Chose Illinois over Missouri, Louisville, Wisconsin, Stanford and Penn State among others.