Coleman semifinalist for Maxwell Award

Indiana junior running back Tevin Coleman was one of 20 players named on Monday as semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the college player of the year. Here’s the full IU release:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana running back Tevin Coleman is one of 20 semifinalists for the 78th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year, Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski announced Monday morning. The candidates were selected by the Maxwell Football Club National Selection Committee.

Coleman is first nationally in rushing yards per game (162.5), rushing yards per carry (8.02, min. 150) and yards from scrimmage per game (180.0), second in all-purpose yards per game (180.0), third in rushing yards (1,300) and yards from scrimmage (1,440), fourth in all-purpose yards (1,440), tied for 10th in rushing touchdowns (11) and tied for 14th in total scores (11).

The junior is on pace to rush for 1,950 yards, which would break Vaughn Dunbar’s school record of 1,805 set back in 1991. Coleman is currently sixth in program history with his 1,300 yards.

He has recorded 10 straight 100-yard games, the longest streak in the nation and in program history. Coleman’s streak is tied for the 12th-longest since 1996 and is the longest for a Big Ten running back since Wisconsin’s John Clay had 10 (2009-10). He is the only running back in the country to rush for 100 yards in each game this season.

The Tinley Park, Ill., native’s average of 162.5 rushing yards per game ranks higher than 61 of the 125 FBS teams. Coleman shares the national lead with eight 100-yard games, is tied for third with four 150-yarders and is tied for second with two 200-yarders.

Additionally, he tops the country in 30- (6) and 40- (5), is tied for first in 20- (7) and 60- (3), and is tied for second in 50- (3) and 70-yard (2) TD runs.

The Maxwell Award winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 11, 2014. Three finalists will be announced on November 24, 2014 and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of the award will be made at the Maxwell Football Club’s 78th Awards Gala on Friday, March 13, 2014 at the Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Semifinalist voting will begin on Thursday, November 6th and close on Sunday, November 23rd. Eligible voters include Maxwell Football Club members, NCAA Head Football Coaches, Sports Information Directors and selected national media.

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  1. Pencil this kid in as a finalist. Yes his TD streak was broken against MSU; and he didn’t score a TD against Michigan. But He’s faced stout defenses the last three games (Iowa, MSU, Michigan), with no passing game to balance the run and he’s still producing. He got sat for an entire quarter against Michigan for two fumbles in the 1st quarter. He’s a special player who’s not getting any national love. But I GUARANTEE he’ll be be the 1st or 2nd RB taken in the 2015 draft. The scouts and GM’s in the NFL know his value. Go Hoosiers!!!

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