2017 (Senior): Finished second among Big Ten tight ends with 15.0 yards per reception (4th nationally, 11th overall in the Big Ten), tied for third with five receiving touchdowns (T-11th nationally), and was fourth in receiving yardage (37.6) and catches per game (2.5) ... ranked first on Indiana in average per reception, second with the five TDs, third with 376 yards and fourth with 25 catches ... TDs rank second and yardage seventh on IU’s single-season tight ends lists ... started all 10 games in which he appeared ... led the team in yardage three times ... made four receptions for a career-high 93 yards, with a 57-yard score, in the Rutgers win ... hauled in a career-high-tying five balls for 91 yards at No. 4 Penn State ... caught five passes for 53 yards and a career-high two touchdowns in the season opener against No. 2 Ohio State ... added a career-long 71-yard TD and finished with two receptions for 79 yards in the Georgia Southern victory.
2016 (Junior): Played in all 13 games with one start at No. 10 Nebraska ... made three receptions for 28 yards ... caught two balls for 26 yards in the Foster Farms Bowl vs. No. 19 Utah.
Junior college: Tight end for head coach Joe Osovet at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y. ... rated the No. 2 junior college tight end nationally by ESPN ... all-conference selection caught 23 balls for 433 yards and three touchdowns in eight games in 2015 ... team captain led the Northeast Football Conference (NFC) with 18.8 yards per reception and finished fourth with 54.1 yards per game ... Nassau captured the 2014 NFC title, won the Valley of the Sun Bowl and finished with a perfect 10-0 record ... made four catches for 88 yards and two scores in four games as a true freshman.
Prep/Personal: Tight end for head coach William Brandon at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore ... team most valuable player ... named Digital Harbor’s most improved player ... three-year football letterwinner ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... parents are deceased ... lived with his eight siblings and raised by his older siblings since he was nine years old ... born on June 6, 1996, Ian Thomas is a criminal justice major.