Bloomington – Jerimy Finch is hoping to show fans what he's really all about in the fall.
After transferring to Indiana from Florida last summer, Finch's debut season in Bloomington didn't go as he had hoped. While there was a learning curve that he had to go through as he transitioned from linebacker back to prep position of safety, he also had to deal with a lingering injury.
A broken bone in his leg had derailed his freshman season at Florida, and the injury proved to be a problem again last fall. Finch said the leg continued to get worse as the season went along, and he ultimately underwent surgery again this off-season.
"As the year went along it did get worse," Finch said. "I tried to treat it and sit out."
The end result was a sophomore season that wasn't nearly what anyone – Finch included – had expected. While the 6'1", 223-pound Indianapolis Warren Central H.S. star did have a couple of blocked punts on special teams, he played in only five games in a reserve role and totaled six tackles. He didn't play in seven of the final eight games of the season, watching the home games from the sidelines and the road games from his living room.
"After getting hurt the first season and then coming in the second season and getting hurt again, that was tough," Finch said. "Sitting out isn't me. I don't like to sit out at all."
He had no choice for the majority of his first two college football seasons, but the junior-to-be is hopeful that he'll be back to full strength by the fall. He isn't there yet following his off-season surgery, but he's well enough to work out with the No. 1 defense this spring while last year's starters Austin Thomas and Nick Polk both recover from knee surgeries.
"I'm not healed all the way, but I'm good enough to come out here and play and hopefully get better," Finch said. "It's starting to feel better now, and hopefully it will be all right for next season."
While both Polk and Thomas are expected to be back to 100 percent by the time the Hoosiers open fall camp, Finch is hoping to challenge for significant playing time in the Hoosier secondary. As he works toward that goal, he knows that the reps he's getting right now with the No. 1 defense are invaluable.
"I think all of us need the reps," Finch said. "The more we get in, the more we learn. So far, it's been going well. I'm getting an opportunity to come out there with the first string, and now I'm just trying to do what I need to do."
Finch Glad to be Back, Focusing on Future
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