Analysis: Coleman deserves B1G player of week

Tevin Coleman has rushed for 535 yards in the last two games alone. Both were on the road. He had 307 last week at Rutgers and 228 Saturday against Ohio State. It's early but I think Coleman deserves Big Ten offensive player of the week.

It’s never too early to begin the campaign.

It has been less than an hour since Indiana fell to No. 6 Ohio State 42-27 Saturday afternoon at Ohio Stadium.

But I think Tevin Coleman deserves to be the Big Ten offensive player of the week.

Think about this: In the last two games, on the road at Rutgers and Ohio State, Coleman has rushed for 535 yards. Saturday, against a pretty good Ohio State defense, he ran for 228 yards on 27 carries and scored three touchdowns.

Now I know that the Big Ten often times will not give a player of the week honor to someone on the losing team. They did earlier in the year with Indiana when Griffin Oakes made a 58 yard field goal but it doesn’t happen a lot.

Last week when Coleman ran for 307 yards (the second most rushing yards in IU history) he happened to do it the same week that Melvin Gordon ran for 408 for Wisconsin. And so I totally understood that one. That was just bad luck on his part in terms of having that kind of effort on the same day as another conference player.

I wasn’t lobbying for Coleman last Saturday.

But this week he had 228 yards rushing and is now the single season school record holder by more than 100 yards. He now 1,906 yards. The old record of 1,805 was by Vaughn Dunbar and set in 1991. So he broke a record that had stood for 23 years.

And he still has one game to pad that record. And if he can get 94 yards against Purdue next week he’ll reach 2,000 yards.

Now I’m already guessing that some will suggest that Ohio State’s Kalin Marshall be the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week. He did score four touchdowns but one was on a 54 yard punt return. So give him the Big Ten’s special teams player of the week.

I’m saying this not having looked to see if someone else threw for crazy yards or had a big rushing or receiving day.

I just think that Coleman’s consistent efforts should earn him the proper recognition.

Coleman should be the Big Ten’s offensive player of the week.

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