Where the Hoosiers stand on the national leaderboards

Each Sunday this season, we’ll look at where Indiana and its players stand on some of the various statistical leaderboards.

After Saturday’s rushing romp, you probably imagined Tevin Coleman would be one of the most productive backs in the country. That’s indeed the case. Funny what 247 yards will do for a man.

Through Saturday’s games Coleman is ranked No. 2 in the nation, behind only Marlon Mack of South Florida. Mack ran for 275 yards and four touchdowns against Western Carolina.

“Next week he might have 80 yards and play a better game because all of a sudden the box is loaded,” IU coach Kevin Wilson said of Coleman. “The ball gets in the perimeter and gets down the field, so those numbers get skewed around. So, he’s a legitimate player. He’s one of the better players in the league, but he can’t do anything without those guys around him. End of the game I saw some of the receivers really battling and blocking their tail off for him. The line was pretty solid.”

As a unit, Indiana’s rushing offense was the third-most productive in the nation this weekend. The Hoosiers’ 455 rushing yards trail only Air Force (539) and Nebraska (498). Indiana and Georgia State each produced 566 yards of total offense, good for 19th in the country. The Hoosiers and Nebraska each had 24 rushing first downs this weekend, behind only Air Force and Northern Illinois (26 each).

Defensively, Bobby Richardson’s three sacks lead the nation. He picked up his first in the second quarter, before adding two more late in the fourth. His three sacks are tied for the fifth-most in a single game in IU history and he now has 8.5 for his career.

After Saturday’s game, Wilson said that Richardson is coming off his best preseason camp to date, in part because he’s finally healthy after dealing off and on with a sports hernia.

“He’s been one of our best,” Wilson said. “It’s kind of nice when you have seniors doing their best. He’s had a great preseason. I think he’s one of the better players. I think he always has been, but he’s been a little gimpy and not as explosive, and hopefully he’s going to have a very, very strong year.”

Indiana is ranked No. 8 among FBS programs in total defense through one game and its third-down conversion defense is ranked No. 9 after holding ISU to 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) on third down. The Hoosiers gave up the fewest yards (170) of any Big Ten program this week, and were one of six conference teams to hold an opponent under 100 yards rushing.

Kicker Aaron Del Grosso was the only Big Ten kicker to send each of his kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks. Del Grosso finished with five.

Among Big Ten teams, only Nebraska (35) and Maryland (30) had more first downs than Indiana’s 29. Indiana’s defense led all league squads yielding only 10 first downs to Indiana State.

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