March 13, 2009
Andrew Means has been a busy man following the 2008 season. Means trained back home in Ohio in preparation for the NFL Combine, participated in the combine and just arrived in Sarasota, Fla., to join the Cincinnati Reds spring training camp. In between his travels, Means talked to IUHoosiers.com about several topics, including his performances at the combine and IU's Pro Day, and expressed his thanks to Hoosier head coach Bill Lynch.
On his performance at Indiana's Pro Day:
"I ran a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash (only raced once) and did 18 reps of 225 on the bench press. It was great to get back to Bloomington to perform at a place where I am comfortable. Overall, I did everything I envisioned doing and couldn't have been happier with my performance."
On working out at the NFL Combine:
"The combine was a great experience overall. To be invited to an event of its stature was a great honor and it was one step in the right direction to further my football career. It is a grind every day that you are there because you are put through tons of physical and mental tests for three days straight. On the fourth day you have to do the actual workout, which is what they show on television."
On his performance at the NFL Combine:
"I believe that by being invited to the NFL Combine and performing the way I did helped improve my draft stock. Overall, it was a fun time and to be able to show what I can do on the football field in front of every NFL team was an amazing feeling."
On what he has done since the NFL Combine:
"I am currently in Sarasota, Fla., at the Cincinnati Reds spring training camp. I was able to go home back in Ohio and relax and spend time with my family immediately following the combine. It is not often that I get the chance to go back home, so I was happy to get back there for a little bit."
On the NFL Draft:
On how IU prepared him for playing in the NFL:
"I don't know my exact plans for the draft but it is going to be a very exciting day in my life and I can't wait for it. I could be up to bat or stealing second and have my parents hold up a sign saying I was just drafted. My plans are that if my name is called at the NFL Draft I am going to play football."
"Playing at IU teaches you how to be a man in life on and off the field, starting with Coach Hep and his staff and continuing with Coach Lynch and his staff. They were everything a college athlete could ask for in a support staff and I appreciate everything they have done for me."
On Coach Lynch:
"Coach Lynch is one of the most humble and down-to-earth human beings I have ever come across. Everything he does is to make the team, community and IU family the best it can be. He puts himself second behind everything else and when a man can do that it show's a lot of true character about who he is. Thanks for everything Coach Lynch. I couldn't thank you enough for everything you have done for me."