Earnest Thomas III
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
Illinois vs. Michigan State - Oct. 26, 2013
Photos from Illinois' 39-19 loss at Nebraska on Oct. 5, 2013. (USA Today photo and Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
Illinois football vs. Minnesota @ Memorial Stadium 9/10/12
Photos from the 2012 Orange and Blue Spring Game at Memorial Stadium - April 14, 2012 (photos by Mark Jones)
2012: Played in all 12 games and made nine starts, totaling 69 tackles, 2.0 TFLs, one sack, one interception and a team-high three forced fumbles ... Posted eight tackles, including one for a loss at Northwestern ... Recorded eight tackles against Purdue ... Matched a career high with nine tackles and posted his first career TFL and sack against Minnesota ... Recorded seven tackles and forced a fumble at Ohio State ... Posted nine tackles against Indiana ... Recorded five tackles at Wisconsin ... Started against Penn State but was ejected in the second quarter following a personal foul ... Forced a fumble and recorded eight tackles at Arizona State ... Grabbed his first career interception and forced a fumble for the first time in his career to go along with six tackles in win over Western Michigan.
2011: 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: 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 ... Majoring in communication ... Chose Illinois over Missouri, Louisville, Wisconsin, Stanford and Penn State among others.