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Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman has dominated this season behind "a suspect offensive line," an NFL scout told Sports Illustrated.

"NFL scouts expect Saturday to be Coleman’s final collegiate game," the site reports. The 6-1, 210-pound junior has collected 1,906 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 241 carries this year. "You don’t reel off that many long runs behind a suspect offensive line like that and have the production he has," a scout said. "He should be in the Heisman conversation. He doesn’t have a lot around him." The scout believes Coleman could go in the late first round, but is more probably an early second-rounder. "The one thing with him though is is he going to be consistently able to give you the three-, four-, five-yard runs that sustain drives?" the scout said. "If he’s hitting this many long runs, there’s just not many guys like that in the league like the Chris Johnson when he first got in the league or the Reggie Bush or the LeSean McCoys. Those guys are all more elusive than him per se as far as make-miss ability, but this guy is good."
Nov 26 - 6:00 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman "is now an early-second-round talent."

McShay actually grades him a bit higher than that, ranking Coleman as the No. 25 overall player in the class. "What jumps out most on tape is his burst to and through the hole, and while he doesn't have great wiggle to make defenders miss, he has enough top-end speed to outrun most linebackers and defensive backs," McShay wrote. "He has above-average vision and power, and would benefit from improved strength. He's an underclassman, but I've heard it's likely he will leave early for the draft." Coleman is merely 94 rushing yards away from 2,000.
Nov 25 - 7:08 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes that Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman sees "the field very well," and has "the see-yah speed to break off long runs."

"He often faced stacked boxes from the Buckeyes, but Coleman found room to work, lowering his pads and breaking half-hearted tackle attempts. Seeing the field very well, Coleman has the see-yah speed to break off long runs when he finds those holes," Brugler wrote. The Indiana prospect rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in the school's 42-27 loss to Ohio State, and only needs 94 rushing yards to join the 2,000-yard club with Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 25 - 2:12 PM

Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 228 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries in the school's 42-27 loss to Ohio State.

Coleman displayed a tremendous amount of long speed in this game, taking advantage of lanes and openings. His play in the last few weeks is astounding, considering Indiana has no passing attack and defenses have tended to stack the box against the Hoosiers. The running back class is an extremely talented group.
Nov 22 - 3:27 PM

Indiana HC Kevin Wilson received a vote of confidence on Friday from athletic director Fred Glass.

The Hoosiers began the season with a promising 3-2 record, but have since lost five games in a row, leading to speculation that Wilson's job could be in jeopardy. "To me, the answer is a resounding yes, notwithstanding the lack of wins this year," IU athletic director Fred Glass said when asked if the program is headed in the right direction. I just think it takes a little while. That’s why I gave Kevin a seven-year contract." Wilson is in the fourth year of that seven-year deal. He's been put in a rough spot this season, as starting QB Nate Sudfeld went down early. Former third-string true freshman Zander Diamont has been forced into duty at quarterback.
Nov 21 - 5:30 PM

Saturday's matchup against Ohio State gives Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman the "chance to shine on the first piece of tape most evaluators will pop in," according to NFL.com's Albert Breer.

"This is a showcase game for him against a great defensive line and fast linebackers," an AFC college scouting director said. "Big-soled player, with solid size and good hands." The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder has rushed for 1,678 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 214 carries through 10 games. "He's definitely got skills, burst and the body, but you wonder about his stamina at the next level to be a bell cow. ... It'd be interesting if he was running behind the Wisconsin offensive line," an AFC GM said. Breer passed along that he has heard numerous Darren McFadden comparisons. We agree with the collation.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 21 - 4:54 PM

NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks wrote that Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman "continues to generate a ton of buzz in NFL circles."

It makes sense that draft evaluators are buzzing like a hornet nest these days, as Coleman is fresh off a 307-yard rushing effort against Rutgers. Brooks believes "the fact that he churned out so much production against a variety of loaded boxes suggests that he has the stuff needed to be a feature back at the next level." Brooks called Coleman's vision, speed and agility "spectacular." Coleman is looking like a first or second-round selection, though the injury to Georgia's Todd Gurley throws the running back board into a bit of chaos. It should only help a rising back like Coleman.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 17 - 11:31 PM

Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 307 yards on 32 carries in Saturday's 45-23 loss to Rutgers.

Coleman's 307 yards were second-best in school history behind Anthony Thompson's 377-yard effort in 1988. Coleman scored untouched on a 67-yard sprint near the end of the first half. He could have had another long score, but was tripped up by the safety at the five after busting a 61-yard run. Coleman has four rushes for 60+ yards and nine games of 100+ yards in 2014. His best attribute is his burst and his speed. He doesn't have a ton of wiggle in his run, but when he gets free he gets free, as seen on Saturday.
Nov 15 - 9:23 PM

Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman rushed for 71 yards on 20 carries in the school's 13-7 loss to Penn State.

We will do the math for you: that is a yards per carry average of 3.6. Coleman added a long run of 17 yards and caught four passes for -8 yards. PSU head coach James Franklin compared Coleman to Darren McFadden this week, and its one we have made as well. Teams will load the box against Coleman from here on out.
Nov 8 - 4:21 PM

Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman rushed 27 times for 108 yards in Saturday's 34-10 loss to Michigan.

Outside of a fumble that got him briefly benched, Coleman was the lone bright spot for the Hoosiers. They leaned on him early and often. While Coleman is a star and Indiana only has so much they can do offensively, 27 carries is a lot for any college player and NFL teams probably aren't pleased to see Indiana working him so hard in what's a meaningless game for both teams. This season, Coleman has rushed 135 times for 1,192 yards and 11 touchdowns. Should he declare for the draft, the dynamic runner will almost certainly be snapped up on Day 2.
Nov 1 - 6:54 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay reports that despite a strong RB class in the 2015 NFL Draft, junior RB Tevin Coleman could still be a Day 2 pick.

Coleman hasn't officially run off into the college football sunset, but all signs are pointing toward him declaring for the 2015 draft. If so, he's got a bit of competition, as this year's class is one of the more loaded RB classes in recent memory. Among the top names that Coleman might be joining are Georgia's Todd Gurley, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon, Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah and Boise State's Jay Ajayi etc etc. McShay notes that Coleman's ability to accelerate up-field "jumps out on his tape" and could see him plucked off the board on the second day of the draft. "He also shows very good burst to and through the hole, and while he doesn't have great wiggle to make defenders miss in space (he also needs to get stronger), he's still fast enough to run away from most linebackers and many defensive backs if he gets into a foot race." Coleman's averaging a gaudy 8.8 YPC this season.
Oct 29 - 5:36 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that "people close to the Indiana Hoosier program are planning for the departure of [junior RB] Tevin Coleman at seasons end."

We are of two minds on this. We love Coleman's ability -- comparing him to Darren McFadden -- and believe that most highly-touted underclassmen RBs with an opportunity to go no later than Day 2 should jump early to the NFL. However, Coleman might be an exception. This draft class will be loaded with runners -- from Georgia's Todd Gurley to Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon to Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah to Boise State's Jay Ajayi to South Carolina's Mike Davis to Miami's Duke Johnson, and more -- and Coleman might be better off, from a financial standpoint, of returning to school for one more season to make a run at the Heisman and Round 1. Of course, it's difficult to begrudge the decision of a person who wants to begin their career and capitalize on one additional year of financial security to do so. Coleman is on pace to finish in the top 10 in college football history in yards from scrimmage.
Oct 24 - 5:33 PM

Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman "is quickly playing his way into second-round consideration with his ability not just to run but also catch the football," said an NFC scout.

We are generally of the mindset that underclassmen who are guaranteed of going on Day 1 or 2 should bolt early for the draft, but Coleman may be an exception. First off, he's not assured -- at least at this juncture -- of going on Day 2. Perhaps more importantly, this year's draft class is loaded at running back. With Georgia's Todd Gurley, Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah currently ahead of Coleman on most boards, the junior might decide it best to head back to Bloomington for one more year and make a run at the 2016 first round.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 23 - 9:23 PM

Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman "has the type of speed that destroys pursuit angles," according to ESPN's KC Joyner.

This is precisely why the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Coleman leads the NCAA with seven plays of 40 or more yards from scrimmage. "Coleman is currently averaging an incredible 8.4 yards per play from scrimmage, a mark that leads the nation among running backs with at least 50 scrimmage plays against Power 5 teams," Joyner wrote. "If Coleman keeps up his current pace of 190.3 yards from scrimmage per game (a mark that includes contests against non-Power 5 teams), he will end the regular season with 2,284 scrimmage yards, which would rank in the top 10 in college football history."
Oct 22 - 12:55 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler projects Indiana junior RB Tevin Coleman "as a mix of Darren McFadden and DeMarco Murray."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Coleman hasn't been held below 100 yards yet this season. He leads the nation with 1,192 rushing yards and 8.8 yards per carry. "[Coleman] is able to gash defenses with his vision to find holes, body control to get skinny and burst to accelerate downfield," Brugler wrote. "He has worked his way into the top-75 discussion as a NFL prospect if he decides to declare early for the 2015 NFL Draft, projecting as a mix of Darren McFadden and DeMarco Murray."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 10:44 PM


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