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      Karleton Thomas
    Karleton Thomas
    Player Profile
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Kankakee, Ill.

    High School:
    Kankakee H.S.

    Height / Weight:
    6-6 / 255

    Position:
    DT

    1999 Highlights
    Provided depth at defensive tackle, appearing in 10 games ... Tallied seven tackles ... Recorded sack at Louisville.

    1998 Highlights
    Successful conversion to defensive tackle, playing in all 11 games and starting three contests with 17 tackles, including 12 solos ... Recorded two tackles for loss and one QB hurry ... Made three tackles with two solos vs. Louisville ... Also recorded three stops vs. Iowa and Northwestern, adding a tackle for loss vs. Wildcats ... Had two solo stops vs. Wisconsin and Indiana, adding a TFL vs. Hoosiers.

    1997 Highlights
    Played in all 11 games, starting the last six games at defensive end with 36 tackles, including 22 solos, four TFLs and one quarterback hurry ... Had career-high six tackles and five solos vs. Southern Miss with one TFL ... Also piled up six tackles with four solos and two TFLs at Wisconsin ... Had four tackles vs. Washington State and Northwestern and three vs. Michigan State with one TFL.

    1996 Highlights
    Redshirt season.

    High School Highlights
    Had 70 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior ... Listed as one of the top 10 defensive line prospects in the Midwest by BlueChip Magazine and as one of the Top 11 prospects in the Midwest by SuperPrep ... Rated as one of the Top 20 defensive line prospects in the nation by SuperPrep ... An all-conference defensive end ... High school coach was Alec Anderson.

    Personal
    Born Jan. 26, 1978 ... Started as an offensive tackle and defensive end at Kankakee ... One of three former Keys to sign with Illinois in 1996 (along with Marcus Hood and Roy Sessions) ... Son of Michael Benson and Kathy Thomas ... Enrolled in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

    Career Highs

    Tackles: 6 (twice, last at Wisconsin, 10/11/97)
    Solos: 5 vs. Southern Miss, 9/6/97
    Tackles for loss: 2 at Wisconsin, 10/11/97
    Sacks: 1 at Louisville, 9/18/99

    Defensive Statistics

              TFL- SACKS- INT-
    YEAR G ST AT TOT YDS YDS YDS  
    1997 11 22 14 36 4-7 0-0 0-0
    1998 11 12 5 17 2-8 0-0 0-0
    1999 10 4 3 7 1-9 1-9 0-0
    Career 32 38 22 60 7-24 1-9 0-0

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