Coleman: 'Hard to get recognized at Indiana'

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, among the nation's best running backs, had some interesting comments this week in an interview with a St. Louis newspaper. Read them here.

Among Indiana fans, running back Tevin Coleman is regarded as one of the best at his position in the Big Ten and the country.

But nationally, Coleman hasn't exactly garnered the same attention. At least not yet.

Coleman has rushed for 437 yards and five touchdowns and two games, ranking fifth nationally in rushing yards despite playing a game less than the rest of the members of the top 10.

In my experience, Coleman is usually a tight-lipped guy. He doesn't say a ton of quote worthy things, he just works hard and lets his play do the talking for him.

But in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week, Coleman broke that trend. He had a very interesting quote in there, one that is sure to draw the attention of Indiana fans. The Hoosiers travel to No. 18 Missouri on Saturday, which is the reason the St. Louis paper was talking to Coleman.

“It’s hard to get recognized as a running back here at Indiana,” Coleman said in a phone interview. “Maybe if I were somewhere else I’d probably be noticed because it’s a bigger school and they win much more. I just have to keep working and we have to keep working hard and we have to win more games and maybe I’ll be noticed.”

He's not wrong. Coleman would likely get more attention at other schools, and it's good to read an honest answer to a question. But at the same time, I don't think he should have said it. By saying things like "if we win more maybe I'll get noticed," it sounds almost as if Coleman puts himself before the team, and I know that's not the case with him.

Look, we criticize athletes all the time for giving the boring, overused answers. But for a team that is trying to bounce back from a bad loss and make it back to the bowl game, I'm not sure Coleman's comments to the Post-Dispatch are a good thing.

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