Huskies linebacker Thomas hospitalized
UConn junior linebacker Eli Thomas has been hospitalized and is in stable condition.
Thomas recorded 11 tackles in the first three games of the season including a game-ending sack against Rhode Island on Sept. 15 to secure the Huskies’ lone win of the season to date. He played just one defensive snap against Syracuse but did see plenty of time on special teams before suffering a neck injury that also sidelined him for the Cincinnati and Memphis games. It is not currently known if the hospitalization is related to Thomas’ on-field injury.
Thomas, a native of Elmira, N.Y., has suffered three serious knee injuries limiting him to a total of four games played — all at Lackawanna College in 2015 — in the previous four seasons. He was healthy when he decided to attend a camp at UConn and performed well enough that he earned a scholarship offer from UConn.
Thomas was one of 13 players named to the UConn football program’s leadership council despite not having gone through a practice at UConn due to his injuries.
The news of his hospitalization was first reported by WTEM TV in Elmira, N.Y.
UConn linebacker Eli Thomas (22) raises his arms to the crowd as his team enters the field for their season opener.