Rahrig develops sense for predicting Coleman runs

At the end of a long season, Indiana offensive lineman Collin Rahrig feels like he may have developed a sixth sense.

Maybe he, as one of Tevin Coleman’s best blockers, can tell when the star running back is about to break a big run.

At least that was the case moments before Coleman busted loose for a 90-yard touchdown run in Saturday’s loss at Ohio State.

“You kind of know on some of the plays,” Rahrig said. “There are some plays that are your favorite and you know he’s gonna bust a big one (based) on what you see out there. Before that 90-yarder, I turned around and said, ‘Be ready.’ It was kind of cool the way it happened. He’s ready to go every play, so I don’t even know why I said that. We came right off the sideline and he was ready to go. You could just tell in his eyes.”

Coleman’s big year — he’s 94 yards shy of becoming the 18th back in FBS history to reach the 2,000 rushing yards mark — is a source of pride for Indiana’s linemen, and blocking for him is a pretty good gig.

Well, most of the time it is. Other times, the guys up front need not do much work at all.

“Sometimes you’ll get out there and he’ll beat you to your block. He’s that quick,” Rahrig said. “We ran an outside play and I got out there and just kind of pushed them our and Dan Feeney sealed them in. (Coleman) was already gone. I saw he was probably 15 yards ahead of me, so I’m like ‘Alright, there’s not much I can do from here,’ so I’m kind of running down there and waiting to celebrate as I’m sprinting behind him. It’s fun and exciting to see his growth as a player. I’m glad to be out there with him.”

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