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Two Hoosiers taking tough road to NFL

Monday, April 27, 2009

BLOOMINGTON -- Former Indiana running back Marcus Thigpen has signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, and kicker Austin Starr plans to be at the Jacksonville Jaguars weekend mini-camp.

Starr has not signed a contract with Jacksonville.

The news comes one day after Indiana had no players taken in the NFL draft.

Receiver Andrew Means, who declared early for the draft, will now report to Sarasota, Fla., to pursue his baseball career. Means played in the Cincinnati Reds organization last summer, and will continue to do so after not being selected Saturday or Sunday.

Thigpen, a Detroit native, is the fifth player in school history to top 4,500 all-purpose yards in his career. His 2,009 kick return yards is second in school history, and he is one of only two players to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in rushing and receiving during his career.

"We are proud of Marcus and pleased he received this opportunity," coach Bill Lynch said. "He made a tremendous impact on our program and has a bright future ahead of him."

Starr is best remembered for making a 49-yard field goal to beat Purdue in the 2007 regular-season finale. That kick sent Indiana to its first bowl game since 1993. He was also one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation's best kicker, in 2007.

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