No decision on QB, Means back, Hoeppner reviewing tape

Interim head coach Bill Lynch said at Indiana’s weekly Tuesday press conference that the coaching staff will choose Saturday’s starter at quarterback later this week. He said he thought Kellen Lewis played very well at times against Southern Illinois, and that Blake Powers continues to get closer to 100 percent health with his as of yet undisclosed injury.

Wide receiver Andrew Means, who missed the Southern Illinois game with a head injury, is expected to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game. James Hardy will not practice this week, but is still on schedule to return the following week, Lynch said.

Lynch said coach Terry Hoeppner has been reviewing film of the Southern Illinois game and even though he isn’t back in the office yet has been involved in game planning for the UConn game (Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium).

“Every day, he seems to be more and more chomping at the bit to get back,” Lynch said.

Lynch was asked he looks at Connecticut as a must-win game. He said he doesn’t like to look at it that way, but instead sees it as a game in which the Hoosiers must play better.

“It’s critical that we improve as a football team this week,” Lynch said. “We’ve got to get better.”

Lynch said UConn (1-1) will be good preparation for the start of the Big Ten season the following week because the Huskies look like a traditional Big Ten team – big, tough and physical on offense and defense.