Tevin Coleman pacing nation in rushing, all-purpose averages

Through the first three games of the season, Indiana running back Tevin Coleman is averaging national bests in rushing yards and all-purpose yards per game.

The junior enters this week’s game against Maryland with a national best 189.7 rushing yards per game, along with 221.3 all-purpose yards per contest. With 569 total rushing yards, Coleman is behind only Pittsburgh’s James Conner (699) and Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah (625) — both of whom have played one extra game than Coleman.

Coleman is also 389 yards short of reaching last year’s nine-game season total of 958 yards.

Inside the Big Ten, Coleman is the second leading scorer with 12.0 points per game. He led the league in single-game rushing until Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon posted 253 yards — six more than Coleman did in the season opener — in the Badgers’ win over Bowling Green on Saturday.

One of the most encouraging areas of Coleman’s game this year has been his ability to break tackles. Long known for his speed and acceleration, Coleman is now showing an ability to push through initial contact with consistency.