"Cam is a smart player" - Lovie Smith on freshmen QB Thomas
Illinois has played 21 freshmen in 2017, the most in the nation. Illini freshmen QB Cam Thomas saw his first game when Illinois fell to Minnesota 24-17. Thomas was 2-4, 33 passing yards, 1 interception, 10 rushing attempts and 79 rushing yards. Head Coach Lovie Smith likes Thomas' progress and expects to see more improvement when Illinois faces #5 Wisconsin. As of Monday, October 23rd, Coach Smith will have Thomas split reps with sophomore QB Jeff George Jr.