Indiana lost one of last year's top wideouts to the NFL, but it appears it won't lose a second to major league baseball.
Shortly after his Big Ten Media Day press conference in Chicago, IU Coach Bill Lynch said he spoke with wide receiver Andrew Means last week and the junior wideout intends to be with the team when camp opens Aug. 4.
"He'll be back," Lynch said. "I talked to him on the phone last week. We felt all along he'd be back. He wants to play football. He's enjoyed his summer playing baseball but he has one more opportunity in football."
After an All-Big Ten season with the IU baseball team, the 6-0, 215-pounder center fielder from Avon Lakes, Ohio, was an 11th round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds. He's been playing with the Reds' Billings Mustangs minor league franchise, where he's hitting .234 with one home run, nine RBI and a team-high six stolen bases in 19 games.
With his professional baseball career underway some thought Means would pass on his final two years of college football, but he appears ready to return for at least one more season with the Hoosiers. As a sophomore Means was the Hoosiers' third-leading receiver with 48 receptions for 559 yards and zero touchdowns, and he's expected to have an even bigger role this year with the departure of James Hardy to the Buffalo Bills.
"He feels good we have an opportunity to be good and his buddies will be back in Bloomington," Lynch said. "He's looking forward to coming back."
While Means appears ready to return to IU this fall, Lynch confirmed that former Florida Gator Jerimy Finch is enrolled in classes at IU and expects to be with the program when practice opens.
"He is admitted to the university and has every intention of being with our program this fall," Lynch said. "He'll redshirt and be with us in the fall and practice."
The former All-State player from Indianapolis' Warren Central H.S. played in the first three games of the 2007 season in Gainesville as a true freshman, totaling seven tackles. But his season was cut short when he broke a bone in his leg against Tennessee.
Finch will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Lynch: Means Will Return, Finch Is Enrolled
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