Inside Look with Jeff Thomas
Sept. 21, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Middle linebacker Jeff Thomas is 10th in the Big Ten with 8.3 tackles per game. He leads IU with 26 tackles and 3.0 tackles for loss this season. Thomas sat down with IUHoosiers.com for a quick Q&A:
How does a guy who grew up in California, went to high school in California and played junior college ball in California end up in the Midwest at Indiana University?
"I came out for my official visit, enjoyed myself and was excited about Big Ten Football. It seemed like a good gig for me and I really liked it here in Bloomington."
As a west coast guy, if a friend from IU came out to visit you in California, what would you order them from In-and-Out?
Where's your favorite place to eat here in Bloomington?
You were one of three players selected to represent IU at the 2011 Big Ten Football Media Kickoff Luncheon. How was that?
You were also selected as a team captain by your teammates. What was that like?
Talk about earning IU's Terry P. Cole "Impact Player" Award as the team's most outstanding player in the Purdue game last year (8 tackles, 3 for a loss, and an interception in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal).
What's it like playing for co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Mike Ekeler?
"Oh man, it's awesome. He's a total `players' coach. He's always on me hard and I can't say enough about him. I appreciate everything he does for me and the whole linebacking group. I love playing for him and I couldn't ask for a better coach."
Did you ever get a chance to check out his RV? (Coach Ekeler lived in a RV parked inside the stadium for his first few months on the job)
What are you plans once your football career comes to an end?
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