Tevin Coleman continues to march into national discussion

He’s arguably the top running back in the nation, but Indiana’s Tevin Coleman is only recently easing into the national discussion.

Can he do enough to claim one of college football’s major awards by the time they’re revealed two months from now? How Coleman fares over the second half of the season will decide just that.

Coleman leads the nation in a host of categories, including total yards (1,192) and yards per carry (8.83). He’s now 11th on Indiana’s all-time season rushing leaders list, and he’s 613 yards from catching Vaughn Dunbar’s single-season record of 1,805.

He’s a Heisman Trophy aspirant, and is included on both the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award watch lists. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman and Steward Mandel both have Coleman in their Heisman top five. Mandel has Coleman at No. 4, while Feldman lists Coleman at No. 5. NFL.com includes Coleman at No. 7 on its list of Heisman hopefuls. And although Coleman isn’t listed on ESPN’s Heisman Watch, one unnamed expert picked him to finish fifth in the voting.

While his Heisman odds seem like a long shot, Coleman could be in line for an award like the Doak Walker, given annually to the nation’s top running back. He used a couple big runs of 65 and 30 yards Saturday to author his ninth straight 100-yard game, which is the longest streak in the nation, and also became the first back this season to go over the century mark against Michigan State.

He’ll see two of the best rush defenses in the Big Ten — Michigan and Penn State — over Indiana’s next two games, but Saturday was another reminder that Coleman refuses to be bottled up.

Whether he’s up for winning one of college football’s major awards will be determined based on how he handles the burden of suddenly becoming Indiana’s primary — and perhaps its only — offensive option over the next five games.

But one thing is already certain — few players, if any, mean more to their team right now than Coleman at IU.

5 comments

  1. Coleman is a great back, maybe the best ever at IU. I was wondering what MSU’s coach was thinking when Coleman broke off that 60 yard run in the first half. He must have felt somewhat foolish about having recruited Coleman as a DB. Great coach, but he missed that one, big time!

  2. he ‘s gone after this season….be very stupid to come back and play for a losing program again with no hope to maybe showcase his talents in a bowl game….he say…”see ya”…..lol

  3. Tevin’s performance against MI St, the unquestioned #1 defense in the B1G, in gaining 132 yds on only 15 carries when the running game was the only offense for the Hoosiers, was spectacular! Unfortunately he can expect every opponent on the Hoosier schedule from here on out to load up against the run. If he can continue to gain 100 yards+/game the rest of this season, then he deserves the Heisman and all of the awards possible for a running back!

  4. If he continues his success he will be MVP of IU football team though he already is. He will get some big ten honors. Maybe second or third team or honorable mention all American.

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