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Illinois Fighting Illini: Four Illini hear their names called at NFL Draft

The Illinois Fighting Illini had four players - Hugh Thornton (Indianapolis Colts), Akeem Spence (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Terry Hawthorne (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Michael Buchanan (New England Patriots) - selected in the recently completed NFL Draft. There were no surprises of which four were picked among the 254 selections, but the order in which they went was not what many analysts...
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April 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Colts draft Illini Hugh Thornton; endured very rough road to reach NFL

Hugh Thornton has gone through a lot of adversity to get to the NFL. And I mean genuine adversity; not the cliched “adversity” you hear from college football players and in “coachspeak.” During his childhood, Hugh Thornton saw his parents get divorced, his mother and sister murdered while visiting them in Jamaica and he had to move in with his aunt after being abused by his...
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April 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Thornton's Long Journey to Indianapolis

Being drafted in the NFL is a big accomplishment for any college football player, but for former Illinois offensive lineman Hugh Thornton, hearing his name called Friday night carried much, much more weight.
April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

From Illinois to Indy

Illinois G/OT Hugh Thornton got the call Friday night with the news that he'll be heading down I-74 to Indianapolis to suit up for the Colts.
April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts select Hugh Thornton with the 86th Pick

The Colts have used their 3rd round pick on Hugh Thornton, guard from Illinois.As mentioned in my preview guide, I like Thornton and players from Illinois. He helps fill a big need on the Colts, and should compete for the starting job right away. He has a lot of potential in this system.He was the star of the O-line at Illinois and was a big reason why they had a good run blocking...
Via Everything Colts
April 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini football: Former players preparing for upcoming NFL Draft

Despite ending their first season 2-10 under first-year coach Tim Beckman, the Illinois Fighting Illini will still be well represented at the upcoming NFL Draft. Offensive guard Hugh Thornton, defensive linemen Michael Buchanan and Akeem Spence, and cornerback Terry Hawthorne lead the group of former Illini players hoping to hear their names called at the draft, which will be conducted...
Via STLSportsMinute
April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Combine: Thornton 1-on-1

Illinois offensive lineman Hugh Thornton goes one on one with FOX Sports NEXT reporter Beth Long from the NFL Scouting Combine about the experience.
February 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Thornton leaning on versatility

MOBILE, Ala. - Injuries played a big part in Hugh Thornton's senior season at Illinois, but the talent he showed when healthy enough to play earned him a Senior Bowl invite. With one goal in mind, he attacks the week leaning on his versatility.
January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Harlan Lineman Seeks UI Offer

With the coming graduation of Graham Pocic and Hugh Thornton, the interior of the Fighting Illini offensive line will have to reload. With a strong emphasis on in-state recruiting, Illinois coaches have targeted an offensive guard out of Chicago in the 2013 class.
April 10, 2012  |  Discuss
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