Hugh Thornton
Hugh Thornton

Oberlin, Ohio

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 310




Colts Select Hugh Thornton on Day 2 on NFL Draft

Illini Offensive Lineman Headed to Indianapolis as 86th Overall Pick


Four Fighting Illini Impress Scouts at NFL Combine

Buchanan, Hawthorne, Spence & Thornton Among Top Performers in Multiple Drills


Four Illini Seniors Headed to All-Star Games

Buchanan and Thornton to Senior Bowl, Hawthorne to Shrine Game, Green to All-Star Classic


Seniors, Award Winners Honored at Annual Banquet

Pocic, Williams Voted 2012 Captains


Buchanan, Thornton Named to All-Big Ten Teams

Four More Illini Honorable Mention Selections


2012 Illinois Football Seniors

Individual and group photos of the 20 2012 Illinois Football Seniors.


  • Invited to 2013 Senior Bowl
  • Second-team All-Big Ten by coaches and honorable mention by media in 2012
  • Played in 42 career games, making 35 starts at both offensive guard and tackle
  • Helped lead Illinois to back-to-back bowl victores in 2010 (Texas Bowl) and 2011 (Kraft Fight Hunger)
  • Helped pave the way for the Big Ten's top rushing offense in 2010 (241.1 ypg). The Illini broke school records for points in a season (423) and points per game (32.54) that season.
    2012 - Senior: Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, honrable mention by the media ... Earned Illinois Point Award as top Offensive Lineman at annual postseason banquet ... Played in 11 games and made 10 starts at left tackle ... Started at left tackle against Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota, Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan, Louisiana Tech, Charleston Southern, Arizona State and Western Michigan ... Recorded a tackle after an interception at Ohio State ... Recovered a fumble at Wisconsin ... Did not play against Penn State due to injury ... Recorded a tackle after an Illini interception against Louisiana Tech ... Helped the Illini to 479 total yards and 365 passing yards in 44-0 win over Charleston Southern ... Played every offensive snap in season-opening win over WMU.

    2011 - Junior: Played in 11 games and started at weak-side guard in 10 games ... Missed the Wisconsin and Michigan games with a lower-leg injury ... Helped the Illini to 308 rushing yards and 518 total yards against Indiana ... Paved the way for 473 total yards against Northwestern ... Helped Illinois to 296 rushing yards and 463 total yards against Western Michigan ... Paved the way for 364 yards rushing in win against South Dakota State ... Helped the Illini to 473 total yards against Arkansas State.

    2010 - Sophomore: Played in all 13 games, starting eight at weakside guard ... Helped pave the way for the top rushing offense in the Big Ten and the 11th-best in the nation (246.1 ypg) ... The Illini offense broke school records for points in a season (423) and points per game (32.54) in addition to producing the fourth-most total yards (5,162) and second-most rushing yards (3,199) in school history ... Aided the Illini offense in posting 533 yards of total offense in Texas Bowl win over Baylor ... Helped Illini tally 318 yards rushing at Fresno State ... Paved the way for 559 yards of total offense, including a season-high 519 rushing, in win over Northwestern ... Helped Illinois' offense record a season-high 561 yards of total offense, including 315 rushing, at Michigan ... Paved the way for 437 total yards, including 282 yards rushing, in win at Penn State ... Aided the Illini offense in racking up 319 rushing yards in victory over Northern Illinois.

    2009 - Freshman: Started seven games at right tackle ... Illini offense ranked 18th in the NCAA in rushing and second in the Big Ten ... Helped the Illini to 331 rushing yards and 548 total yards in the season finale against Fresno State ... Aided the Illini offense in racking up 476 yards of total offense and Juice Williams' 282-yard passing performance at No. 5 Cincinnati ... Assisted in Illinois' 250-yard passing, four offensive touchdown performance in win over Minnesota ... Helped lead Illinois to 500 yards of total offense and 377 yards rushing in win over Michigan ... Started at Indiana, his first career game played ... Helped the Illini offense log 443 yards of total offense vs. the Hoosiers.

    High School: Earned first-team All-State honors as well as first-team All-Conference and All-County ... Ranked as the No. 34 offensive tackle nationally by ... Was named the Lorain County lineman of the year ... Listed as the 29th best player in the state of Ohio by ... Ranked as the No. 87 prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep ... High school coach was Dave McFarland ... Two-time Idaho state heavyweight wrestling champion ... Ranked third in the state of Ohio in wrestling at heavyweight.

    Personal: Legal guardian is aunt, Lydia Nord ... Majoring in sociology ... Born on June 28, 1991 ... Moved to Oberlin from Idaho for his senior year of high school ... Chose Illinois over Michigan State, Indiana, Oregon State and Washington State.

    (updated 1/6/13)