Coleman declares for NFL Draft

AllHoosiers.com has confirmed that IU running back Tevin Coleman will enter the NFL Draft.

Indiana running back Tevin Coleman will forego his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft, a source confirmed to AlllHoosiers.com on Monday afternoon. ESPN first reported the news.

The news is hardly surprising after Coleman's breakout junior season for the Hoosiers. Coleman ran for 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging a remarkable 7.5 yards per carry. Even without consistent play at the quarterback position following an injury to starter Nate Sudfeld, Coleman continued to impress, and against some of the best teams in the Big Ten.

"I would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates and fans for their unwavering support," Coleman said in a statement. "Coming to Indiana University was an incredible opportunity for me. Everyone at IU and in Bloomington has demonstrated why this place is so special. It has been a dream of mine to play professionally, and I am prepared to take the next step in making that dream a reality.

"Indiana University is an extraordinary place and I will always cherish the experiences I had there."

Most draft experts rank Coleman 3rd among running back prospects behind Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and Georgia's Todd Gurley. There's a chance Coleman could sneak into the first round depending on his pre-draft workouts, but he's more likely a second-round pick.

Tough loss for the Hoosiers, but best of luck to Coleman. He's a terrific talent that figures to have a great NFL career.


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