Rutgers Defense Taking Another Hit with Departure of Thomas
Added by Breanna Casey on October 23, 2013.
Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports
The last thing the Rutgers defense needed is for one of their own to leave the secondary. Unfortunately for the Scarlet Knights, redshirt freshman Ian Thomas has other plans for his athletic future.
After starting three games for the men in red this season, Thomas abruptly decided that his tenure with the team was over. Coach Kyle Flood announced last Tuesday that Thomas would be leaving the Rutgers football family to pursue a career in baseball at another university.
For a team that has let up more than 50 points in two regular season games, the loss of a versatile, young cornerback is a huge hit. Prior to quitting the team, Thomas had completed eight tackles and recorded a single interception against Fresno State.
Despite unexpectedly losing Thomas, Flood stands confident in the remaining defense. The Scarlet Knights will take on a strong Houston team this Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Cougars are fierce in their own spread offense, scoring 59 and 62 points in two different games so far this collegiate season.
The Cougars also boast a 5-1 record, losing only to BYU by a 47-46 final score. Rutgers struggling defense has their work cut out for them as the noon kick off begins the homecoming frenzy. The secondary remains young, with freshman Anthony Cioffi and Nadir Barnwell as well as redshirt junior Gareef Glashen left to pick up where Thomas had left off.