53 Jeff Thomas  
    Jeff Thomas

    Millbrae, Calif.

    High School:
    Junipero Serra

    Last College:
    Foothill (Calif.) CC

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 239




    IU players speak with media following their game vs. Illinois.

    IU players speak with media following the Hoosiers' game vs. Illinois on Oct. 8, 2011.

    Graduated with a general studies degree in December 2011.

    2011 Honors: Received honorable mention All-Big Ten from the league's coaches.

    2011 (Senior): Led the team with 80 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss ... added one sack with three pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... started all 11 games in which he appeared ... paced the team in stops twice ... finished career with 10 eight-plus tackle games, including six in 2011 ... recorded third career double-digit tackle contest with a game-high 11 in season opener vs. Ball State ... topped the team with seven stops to go along with two tackles for loss and one PBU against Virginia ... matched a career high with three TFLs and added eight tackles, one sack and one pass breakup against Penn State ... set a career mark with eight solo stops, nine total, and posted one tackle for loss against Illinois ... made nine tackles apiece at Wisconsin (half-TFL) and against Purdue (one TFL) ... netted eight stops and one tackle for loss in win over South Carolina State ... recovered first career fumble at Ohio State ... named IU defensive player of the week following the South Carolina State game ... nine-time game captain.

    2010 (Junior): Played in all 12 games with nine starts ... started the final eight games at middle linebacker and made one start outside ... finished second on the team with 82 tackles, 45 solo stops, 7.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions ... added one sack, two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup ... recorded two games with double-digit tackles and four games with at least eight stops ... posted 13 stops, five solo, with one TFL at Illinois ... made 10 tackles, seven solo, to go along with one tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries against Northwestern ... turned in a huge effort in the Old Oaken Bucket victory at Purdue with eight tackles, three TFLs and an interception in overtime setting up the game-winning field goal ... earned IU's Terry P. Cole "Impact Player" Award as the team's most outstanding player in the Purdue game ... finished with six tackles, first career interception and 1.5 tackles for loss at No. 2 Ohio State ... corralled seven stops with first career sack vs. Penn State ... enrolled at IU in January and participated in spring practice ... voted a game captain twice ... two-time IU special teams player of the week and a member of the team's One-Play Warrior Club (special teams players of the year).

    2009 (Sophomore): Linebacker for head coach Doug Boyett at Foothill Community College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. ... rated the No. 4 junior college middle linebacker by ... set Foothill's career tackles record ... named the NorCal Conference Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-American, all-state and all-league ... collected a conference-best 104 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and six pass breakups.

    2008 (Freshman): Named first team all-conference and all-state ... started in 2008 after greyshirting in 2007.

    Prep/Personal: Fullback for head coach Patrick Walsh at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. ... played fullback all four years ... garnered all-league and all-county recognition ... parents are Jeff and Rouselyn Thomas ... Jeffrey Craig Thomas was born on June 1, 1989.


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