2011: Played in one game in 2011 - against Wisconsin - but did not record any statistics.
2010: Played in one game in 2010 - against Northern Illinois - but did not record any statistics.
2009: Suffered a season-ending knee injury during preseason training camp.
2008: Played 62 snaps and made three tackles in the first two games before injuring his knee and taking a medical redshirt.
2007: Played in 12 of 13 games, starting at cornerback against Northwestern ... Notched a career-high six tackles, including three solos, against Northwestern ... Recorded a career-high four tackles - all solos - grabbed his first career interception and deflected a pass to teammate Antonio Steele for another INT in win at No. 1 Ohio State.
High School: Recorded 53 tackles, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior ... Rated a top-100 recruit in the Midwest by SuperPrep ... Champaign News-Gazette first-team All-State ... Nickname is "Miami" because he grew up in Miami, Fla., attending Carol City High School for one year ... Blocked two extra points to secure wins, once in the state playoffs and at the Prep Bowl ... Rated the 16th-best player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... Recorded 55 tackles, six interceptions, 11 broken up passes and two forced fumbles as a junior ... Also named a top-50 cornerback nationally by Rivals.com ... Earned three letters in football and two in track ... High school teammate of former Illini wide receiver Chris James ... High school coach was Lexie Spurlock.
Personal: Full name is Marcus Laron Thomas ... Son of Marcus Thomas and Katrice Hayes ... Born on May 5, 1989 ... Majoring in recreation management ... Plans to pursue a career in coaching after graduation ... Chose Illinois over Boston College, Purdue, Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.