Huskies line­backer Thomas hos­pi­tal­ized

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - SPORTS - By Jim Fuller james.fuller@hearst­medi­act.com; @NHRJimFuller

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.

As­so­ci­ated Press file photo

UConn line­backer Eli Thomas (22) raises his arms to the crowd as his team en­ters the field for their sea­son opener.

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