LB Thomas not medically cleared, ends UConn career

Field Level Media

July 30, 2019 at 10:41 pm.

UConn linebacker Eli Thomas, who suffered a stroke last October, will not return to play his senior season with the Huskies, coach Randy Edsall announced Tuesday.

“[Thomas is] not [medically] cleared and won’t be cleared to be able to participate in football, so his career here at UConn is over, but he is still going to be a vital part of what we do this year, and his leadership and presence will still be something that will still be good for us, good for his teammates and good for him,” Edsall said in the New Haven Register.

“When he got the news that he wasn’t going to be able to play, it was hard for him that night and that next day. After that I think he understood that it was probably what was best.”

Thomas, who during the spring was named a team captain in 2019, will remain a member of the Huskies football squad. Thomas will still represent the Huskies as a captain, along with tight end Donovan Williams, defensive back Tyler Coyle, offensive lineman Matt Peart and punter Luke Magliozzi.

Earlier in July at American Athletic Conference football media day, Thomas addressed his situation.

“I think I have showed everything I need to show,” said Thomas, who is now at his home in Elmira, N.Y., while waiting for his first child to be born. “It is a big decision, so it is not something that is going to be made overnight. I don’t have to show them anything physically or mentally, but at the end of the day, if I am safe enough to play, that is what it is going to come down to.”