Tevin Coleman: A look at the numbers

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman is off to a great start to the season. See where he stacks up compared with other backs around the country.

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman is off the a great start to the season through three games. Let's first take a look at his numbers:

Vs. Indiana State: 23 carries, 247 yards, 10.7 ypa, 2 TD
At Bowling Green: 24 carries, 190 yards, 7.9 ypa, 3 TD; 4 receptions, 38 yards
At Missouri: 19 carries, 132 yards, 6.9 ypa, 1 TD; 3 receptions, 57 yards
TOTAL: 66 carries, 569 yards, 8.6 ypa, 6 TD; 7 receptions, 85 yards

Coleman's 569 rushing yards is third in the nation, but the top two backs have played one more game (4) than Coleman has. Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah has 625 yards through four games, making him the Big Ten's leading rusher to this point.

Coleman's 8.6 yards per carry average is the nation's best among players with at least 60 rushing attempts. He's also in the nation's top 10 in rushing touchdowns despite playing one fewer game than most of the other top 10 backs.

To put Coleman's start into perspective, let's look at the IU rushing record book. The IU record for rushing yards in a season is 1,805, established by Vaughn Dunbar in 1991. If Coleman continued at his current pace throughout the season -- although it would be very hard to do -- he would finish the season with 2,276 rushing yards and shatter the school record.

Anthony Thompson's record of 26 touchdowns in a season doesn't figure to be tested by Coleman, but hey, you never known.


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