"Miami is in great spirits today (Sunday). I think he has an MRI at 7:00 a.m. this morning. It's just one of those things. He was down, the ball was away from him, but because of the Rugby style the ball kind of just rolled to him and it hit him in the back. I mean, he wasn't pushed into it or anything like that." Thomas is out with for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
"Thomas playing his way into the lineup:
" "Well, he didn't play in the first half of the Missouri game. He played a lot in the second half but he's a guy that got a chance and he's going to be a good football player. But now we're going to have to wait until next year now, but this will give him a chance to get bigger and stronger. He has to get his shoulder fixed anyway so he'll be able to get that done this year as well."
"Concern for the secondary now:
" "Well, if no one else gets hurt we're okay, but that's any position. I think we're okay, but we're not real plentiful at a lot of positions, but that becomes a concern then. We're a lot better than we were a year ago for sure."
"Thomas is a sophomore from Morgan Park High School in Chicago.
"We'll have more on Miami's injury here at InsideIllini.com later this week.