Bizarre Ian Thomas Saga Takes Final Turn, No Longer Part of Rutgers Program
The bizarre chain of events for Ian Thomas and the Rutgers football program, took another, and likely final turn as the cornerback did not return for the summer program. When meeting with media after his charity golf tournament, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood announced the redshirt sophomore cornerback is no longer with the team.
Flood did not go into detail, saying, “Ian did not report back for the summer program and I would just leave it at that.”
Thomas, who started three games last season, quit the team in October but was reinstated on a conditional basis in January. The actual reason for his quitting last season is still a bit of a mystery. Flood had said Thomas quit to pursue a baseball career, but that claim was refuted by Thomas.
Once reinstated to the program, it appeared as though Thomas was doing everything he needed to do to prove he wanted to be a part of the Scarlet Knights. He was expected to compete for a starting spot in the Rutgers secondary this summer.
This departure, as Rutgers prepares for it’s first season in the Big Ten Conference, once again leaves even more question marks in a secondary that struggled last season. Sophomores Nadir Barnwell and Anthony Cioffi experienced some major growing pains as they were thrown into the fire as true freshman last season. Fifth-year senoir Gareef Glashen has the most experience and could see a lot of time at cornerback. After that, there is a group of young players Rutgers will need to step up.
Sophomores Delon Stephenson and Davon Jacobs along with true freshman Kam Lott could be leaned on heavily. Incoming freshman Dre Boggs will initially be moved from wide receiver to defensive back in an attempt to add more depth.
The depth chart will fall into place throughout the summer but you can be sure, Ian Thomas will no longer be part of the Rutgers football program.
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