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IU star has just one purpose – win

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Last season, wide receiver and kickoff return specialist Shane Wynn became the first freshman to lead Indiana in all-purpose yardage.

Shane Wynn led Indiana in all-purpose yards last season.

But the wide receiver/kickoff return man doesn’t get caught up with those numbers.

He’s focused on improving one figure – Indiana’s win total of one from a year ago.

“I’m not the kind of receiver that cries about getting the ball, I just want to win,” the sophomore from Cleveland said in a phone interview after Monday’s practice. “It doesn’t matter how many catches I have in the game, how many touchdowns. None of that stuff matters to me.”

Wynn had 1,249 all-purpose yards in 2011. It was just the third time in school history a true freshman led the Hoosiers in that department.

He also led IU with 1,015 kickoff-return yards, a 21.1-yard average.

“The return man has nothing to do with it really,” Wynn said. “All the return man does is run. You’ve got to have blockers and somebody that’s willing to block for you on the kick return. You’ve got to give all your credit to the blockers.”

Wynn returned one kick for a touchdown, going 99 yards for a score on the opening kickoff against Illinois on Oct. 8. It was the fourth-longest return in school history and led to Wynn to receiving Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors.

“My teammates blocked for me,” he said. “All I did was make the kicker miss and we scored a touchdown. They helped me do it just like I helped them.”

Wynn is spending a portion of this fall helping the new Hoosiers.

“I’m teaching the freshmen some of the things I was taught when I was a freshman, getting them prepared as they get ready for their first college game (Sept. 1 against Indiana State),” he said.

Wynn is also getting himself prepared for his second year.

“I’m pushing myself when I get tired. I’m doing a lot more stuff in the weight room to get stronger,” Wynn said. ‘I’m catching balls with (quarterback) Tre (Roberson) after practice.”

Wynn caught 19 passes for 197 yards last year.

“I’ve been able to read a lot more defensive schemes,” Wynn said. “The coaches have taught me how to read different cover twos and different cover threes and cover fours.”

Juniors Kofi Hughes (who will serve a one-game suspension for violating team rules) and Duwyce Wilson, sophomores Nick Stoner and Cody Latimer and freshman Ricky Jones join Wynn as the top six receivers.

“We’re going to do the best we can of putting the ball in the hands of our playmakers, getting the fastest and best guys on the field,” Kevin Johns, Indiana assistant offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/wide receivers coach, said at IU media day.

“Right now, we’ve got a bunch of them.”

“We’re looking good,” Wynn said of the receivers. “We trust each other now. We have a lot more confidence than we did last year. We understand the offense more.”

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