Coleman ran for 958 yards on 131 carries and 12 touchdowns for the Hoosiers last season. The full release from IU is available below.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana running back Tevin Coleman is a candidate for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Thursday morning. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top running back.
Coleman earned honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition in 2013. He rushed for 958 yards on 131 carries (7.3 average) with 12 touchdowns and finished with 1,275 all-purpose yards in nine games.
The junior averaged 106.4 rushing yards and 141.7 all-purpose yards per game. Coleman became the first Hoosier since Levron Williams (2001) to average over 100 rushing yards. He also collected the most yards for an IU back since Williams in 2001 and his all-purpose yardage per game marked the highest for an IU back since Williams that same season.
Coleman tied for second in the Big Ten (T-14th nationally) in yards per attempt, was third (22nd) in all-purpose yards per game, tied for third in total yards per play (7.3, T-26th), fourth (T-20th) in yards from scrimmage per game (127.9), fifth in rushing yards per game (22nd) and scoring per game (8.0), tied for fifth in rushing TDs and sixth in total scores.
The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors will name the semifinalists on Nov. 18, and the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast votes to determine the finalists, who will be announced on Nov. 24. The committee will cast a second vote beginning on Dec. 1 to determine the recipient.
The recipient of the 2014 Doak Walker Award will be announced live on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 11, on ESPN. The Doak Walker Award Presentation Banquet will be held in Dallas in Feb. 2015. The award, in its 25th year, is named for SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. It is the only major collegiate award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification.