IU Insider Blog: Someone please enlighten me

How does Tevin Coleman gain 247 yards, 15 more than Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah and not get the Big Ten's offensive player of the week honor -- and Abdullah does. This one has me scratching my head a little bit.

When the Big Ten announced its offensive and defensive players of the week on Monday, I completely expected Indiana tailback Tevin Coleman to be the offensive player of the week.

At the very least I figured Coleman would be the co-offensive player of the week.

All he did was run for a career-high 247 yards rushing and score two touchdowns Saturday in Indiana’s 28-10 victory over Indiana State.

He leads the Big Ten in rushing after the first week.

So he should be a slam dunk for player of the week, right? Wrong.

Now, let’s imagine a scenario where a quarterback in the Big Ten or a wide receiver had crazy, crazy numbers that even topped those of Coleman. Perhaps in that situation, you could make a case that someone else should get the award. Or the at the very least, there would be co-offensive players of the week.

So that’s probably what happened, right? Wrong.

No, another running back that gained fewer yards than Coleman, was named the Big Ten’s lone offensive player of the week.

Nebraska senior Ameer Abdullah rushed for a career-best 232 yards on 21 carries, an 11.0 average, and scored one touchdown to help the Cornhuskers beat Florida Atlantic.

Compare that to Coleman: 23 carries, a career-high 247 yards, a 10.7 average per carry and two touchdowns in IU’s win.

I’m not taking anything away from Abdullah. I just don’t get how he would get the award instead of Coleman. I could see them making a case for BOTH OF THEM getting it, but if you’re only going to pick one, how is not Coleman?

What does he have to do? I just don’t get it.

Abdullah’s yards were the 15th most in Nebraska history. Coleman’s were the fifth most in Indiana football history.

So what am I missing here?

How do you set those two statistical lines side by side and decide that Abdullah is your player of the week over Coleman?

Someone needs to enlighten me on that one.

I’m not even going to get into the fact that a Rutgers player earned defensive player of the week honors with seven total tackles, a pass breakup and a force fumble over a guy like Indiana’s Bobby Richardson who had three sacks.

No, don’t get me started. I’m sure there are logical explanations here but I would just like to hear one of them.

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