Thomas accepts invite to Senior Bowl

Nagging injuries have forced Indiana to carefully manage Ian Thomas’ reps for much of the season.

Although he’s been limited, Thomas has made the most of the action his body has allowed.

The senior tight end was rewarded Monday with a spot in the 2018 Senior Bowl, which serves as a showcase event for NFL Draft prospects across the country.

At 6-foot-5, 248 pounds, Thomas possesses next-level size and quickness, which he has displayed in spurts this season. Thomas is second on the team with five touchdowns, including a 57-yard receiving score in Saturday’s shutout victory over Rutgers.

“It helps a lot having a tight end that is a threat in the passing game,” IU offensive coordinator Mike DeBord said. “What happened (Saturday) was, on his touchdown, they were in what we call quarters coverage. We faked the run and the safety came down so hard to stop the bubble and then the linebacker went with the fake, so there was nobody in the seam. Having a threat like that is very important. You have to take advantage of teams that are doing that to you. He was able to do that.”

Thomas has started nine games this season and he’s third among Big Ten tight ends in touchdowns, yardage (41.8 yards per game) and receptions (2.7 per game).

Thomas has split a chunk of time this season with backup Ryan Watercutter, but Saturday was a reminder of what he brings to the offense when available, finishing with 93 yards on four receptions.

“It felt like I was back to my normal self,” he said.


  1. Good for Thomas as he deserves the shot to go and improve his draft ranking. He can go and show NFL coaches and scouts what his talent level is.

  2. That is great for Ian! But where are the invitations for Scales, Covington, Fant, Hoff, from our 22nd ranked D?

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