Kevin Wilson talks campaigning for Coleman and the challenge ahead

Kevin Wilson isn’t walking into Indiana’s marketing department, or leading any campaigns to generate national interest in running back Tevin Coleman.

For Wilson, the best campaign for Heisman consideration or any other award comes through what happens on the field.

Especially through winning.

Entering the halfway point of the regular season, Coleman’s status on the national scene has been largely muted. His place in the Big Ten’s hierarchy is one that’s still slightly behind backfield mates Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska and Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin.

So, if Coleman wants to one day achieve some recognition for his work at Indiana, Wilson hopes he simply continues to do what he’s done so far.

“He’s one of the better players in our league and around the country,” Wilson said. “If he is, he and the team will keep proving that week after week. If you’re that kind of player, it’s (about) that consistency you’ve heard us talk about.”

Coleman has a rushing touchdown in 14 consecutive games, which is both the longest streak in the nation and in Indiana history. He’s first nationally in yards from scrimmage (196), second in rushing yards (168.2), third in all-purpose yards (193.6), fourth in yards per carry (8.01) and tied for seventh with eight rushing touchdowns.

On the Big Ten stage this weekend, Coleman will get to back it up against a tough Iowa front seven. The Hawkeyes’ rush defense is ranked third among Big Ten teams through the first five games. Iowa is allowing 93.2 rushing yards per game, 2.9 yards per carry and a league-low two touchdowns on the ground.

“It’ll be a tough challenge this week,” Wilson said. “Iowa’s a great run defense. We’re not trying to make a point by running. We’re tying to run the offense and take what’s there. Some games get more run-heavy, pass-heavy. We had a good run game last week, but it started because the pass game really opened up the run game. It’s a team deal and he’s a great player, that’s for sure.”

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  1. Coleman is second only to Gordon of WI (174.2) in rushing in the B1G! He leads Abullah with 168.2 to 146.3 yds/game!

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