#51 Tom Killilea
Redshirt Freshman | 6-5 | 250 lbs. | Overland Park, Kansas
- Position: Offensive Line
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Third-String
- Status: Preferred Walk-On
Thomas William Killilea (b. Oct. 7, 1997) is a preferred walk-on offensive lineman from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He redshirted in 2016 to gain weight, but he still is undersized even for a projected center.
Killilea started 23 games during the final two years of his career for the Saints under head coach Randy Dreiling. He helped Thomas Aquinas to a collective 18-7 record in his junior and senior seasons, including a state runner-up finish in 2014, and earned 2015 all-state accolades from The Wichita Eagle and The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Killilea also became the school’s all-time leader in career fumble recoveries, with nine; was selected to play in the 2016 Kansas Shrine Bowl; and also participated in shot put and discus.
He played for the White team in the 2017 spring game, so I penciled him in as a third-stringer.
Random historical trivia tidbit: Killilea is distantly related to Meriwether Lewis, who is known best for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.