Aug. 5, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Safety Jerimy Finch has officially joined the Indiana football program and will practice with the team Tuesday evening. The sophomore out of Indianapolis spent the 2007 season with the University of Florida football program before transferring to Indiana University.
The 6-1, 215-pounder appeared in three games at linebacker for the Gators before suffering a broken leg vs. Tennessee that ended his season. He collected seven total tackles (four solo) and was one of three true freshmen to record an interception. Finch picked off his pass against Tennessee and added three tackles in the Gators' victory.
He attended Warren Central High School, where he was rated the No. 1 safety in the nation by Rivals.com and the top player in the Hoosier state by Rivals.com and Scout.com. As a senior, he helped lead Warren Central to its fourth consecutive Class 5A state title, the first high school football team to accomplish that feat in the state of Indiana.
Finch collected Class 5A all-state honors in both his senior and junior years. He recorded a team-high 11 tackles, returned an interception 42 yards and had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown in the state title game his junior year. Finch ended his junior season with 98 tackles, 10 interceptions, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He collected near 100 tackles as a sophomore.