Tevin Coleman named a Doak Walker finalist

Tevin Coleman is going to Disney World.

The Indiana junior is one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. Coleman is joined by Big Ten aspirants Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.

The recipient will be announced during the college football awards show, which airs live on ESPN from the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. He is the second Hoosier to be recognized as a finalist after Vaughn Dunbar’s nomination in 1991.

Coleman broke Dunbar’s single-season program record of 1,805 rushing yards after runnign for 228 yards and three touchdowns last week at Ohio State. He is 94 yards shy of becoming the 18th player in FBS history to reach 2,000 yards in a season, and is current ninth on the Big Ten’s single-season list.

A native of Tinley Park, Ill., Coleman is second nationally in rushing yards (1,906), rushing yards per game (173.3), all-purpose yards (2,041), all-purpose yards per game (185.6), yards from scrimmage (2,041) and yards from scrimmage per game (185.6), third in rushing yards per carry (7.91), tied for 13th in rushing touchdowns (15) and tied for 14th in total touchdowns (15) this season.

This year’s selection process marks the first time in the 25-year history of the award that all three finalists represent the same conference.

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