Tevin Coleman leads the nation in rushing

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman leads the country in rushing yards after another big performance at Iowa on Saturday.

In a season full of negatives for Indiana, running back Tevin Coleman has been a major positive.

The junior running back had another huge performance Saturday at Iowa and now leads the nation with 1,060 rushing yards through six games. Coleman became the fastest player in IU history to get to 1,000 yards on Saturday.

Coleman piled up 219 yards and three touchdowns on only 15 carries Saturday at Iowa. He had touchdown runs on 83, 45 and 69 yards.

"The prognosticators I read said we have the 10th best offensive line [in the Big Ten]," Indiana coach Kevin Wilson said sarcastically. "So he's playing all these good teams with no blocking, so he must be like the greatest player ever. I don't know how he does it. But you guys can write those articles because we're gonna keep giving him the ball and playing well.

"He's really good, and one reason he's really good is he plays really good on a consistent basis, not just once in awhile. He brings it."

Three of the nation's top four rushers are from the Big Ten, and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon is right on Coleman's heels with 1,046 yards. Gordon has 13 touchdowns, two more than Coleman, but Coleman's 8.8 yards per carry average is the best among backs in the top 40.

After Gordon, the next closest rusher is Buffalo's Anthone Taylor with 926 yards.

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