UConn Linebacker Hospitalized After Suffering Stroke

UConn linebacker Eli Thomas has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke. 

The school issued a statement Monday saying the junior had the stroke Wednesday prior to a weightlifting session. 

The school said Thomas was immediately transported to a hospital where he is in stable condition and making "good progress toward recovery." 

The school declined to provide any other details. 

Thomas' mother, Mary Beth Turner, issued a statement thanking the team's athletic trainers for their quick response and saying her son will "fight back." 

“Thank you all for your love and well wishes for Eli," Turner said in a statement. “To say we are stunned by this turn of events is an understatement! A strong, healthy, 22-year old man having a stroke is not anything we anticipated. However, Eli will fight back as he has with every challenge that has come his way with ‘Eli Style.’”  

Thomas has played at linebacker and defensive end this season, making 11 tackles and recording a key sack that helped the Huskies (1-5) secure their only win of the season over Rhode Island on Sept. 15. 

UConn visits No. 21 South Florida (6-0) on Saturday. 

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