Coleman among nation's top RBs

Indiana's Tevin Coleman has put up big numbers in his first two games of the season. A look at where he stands nationally.

The result was disappointing for Indiana on Saturday at Bowling Green. Devastating even.

But while the team lost 45-42 to the Falcons, the Hoosiers put up some good individual numbers for the second straight game. Among them is running back Tevin Coleman, who is quickly emerging as one of the nation's top backs.

Through two games, Coleman has 437 rushing yards on 47 carries, an average of 9.3 yards per carry. Coleman currently ranks fifth nationally in rushing yards, but he's No. 1 among guys who have only played two games. The top four have all played three times.

Coleman currently ranks 10th nationally in yards per carry, but only one guy ahead of him on the list has more rushing attempts than Coleman (Arizona State's D.J. Foster, 54). With five touchdowns, Coleman is also in the top 10, even though he's only played two games.

When you think about it, that's pretty remarkable. Not only has Coleman put up comparable numbers to all of the nation's running backs in one less game, but he's also done it after a very slow first half on Saturday. Coleman had only nine yards on nine carries to start against Bowling Green, and all three of his touchdowns were recorded in the second half. Pretty special stuff.

The only other Indiana player among the national leaders is defensive end Bobby Richardson, who is tied for 21st with three sacks. Again, with only two games played, it's impressive that any of these guys are among the national leaders.

Indiana is back in action next Saturday at Missouri. That will be quite the challenge.


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