Bowling Green coach believes Tevin Coleman is really, really good

There is one thing that first-year Bowling Green coach Dino Babers wants you to know this week.

Tevin Coleman is a very, very good running back.

Babers told the assembled media at his Wednesday press availability that Coleman is a next-level tailback and a central focus in the Falcons’ plan to stop Indiana’s offense on Saturday.

“Their head coach has been around great offenses before,” Babers said. “Anytime you give him a big-time tailback like he has right now, like he had at Oklahoma with Adrian Peterson, he’s always done great things. Tevin Coleman is an NFL guy. He’s a guy who’s going to have an opportunity to play in the league. They have an exceptional offense. Their quarterback is obviously somebody who has thrown the ball, electrified the Big Ten. We have a huge task in front of us.

While Bowling Green’s pass defense has shown holes in the ever-so-small sample size of two games, its rush defense has been a bit better. The Falcons have allowed an average of 118 yards on the ground through games against Western Kentucky and VMI. BG is holding opposing running backs to 3.1 yards per carry on 75 total touches.

Only four starters return to a Bowling Green unit that finished the 2013 season ranked No. 10 in the nation in total defense. Heading into a rematch of IU’s 42-10 win at Memorial Stadium last year, limiting Coleman sits as the top priority for BG.

Coleman’s 247 yards against Indiana State on Aug. 30 were a career high.

“When you go against an NFL tailback, you’ll find out how good your rushing defense is,” Babers said. “This guy is something. I’m watching him on tape and I’m like, ‘That guy’s pretty.’ He’s a big-time tailback. He’s really, really good.”