Past Experience — Coleman exploded onto the scene at the end of his redshirt freshman season. Though in a losing effort, Coleman, teamed up with quarterback Gary Nova, was unstoppable against Connecticut in the regular-season finale.
Including a 92-yard score, Coleman's final two games of the 2011 season included 309 yards and three touchdowns.
The season did not start well for Coleman, however, who struggled with drops early on including a could-be game-winning score in the snowstorm against West Virginia. He finished his only on-field season with 17 catches for 552 yards and six touchdowns. Most impressively, he was 32.5 yards per catch.
In two seasons as a receiver, Cooper played in eight games and started once, but never recorded a catch. An off the field injury significantly cut his playing time as a redshirt freshman.
As a Recruit — A stud four-star receiver out of Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.), Coleman picked Rutgers shortly before he signed with the Scarlet Knights. He picked Rutgers over finalist Maryland and offers from Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and more.
Coleman checked in as the No. 34 receiver in the Class of 2010.
Spring Performance — With a new position coach — Dave Brock — Coleman continued his progress toward becoming an every-down receiver. He continued to show off his big-play ability in the spring and facing off daily against a cornerback like Logan Ryan can only make him better.
Ryan won his fair share of duels against Coleman, but the two pushed each other very hard during spring camp and will continue to do so all year.
Does Well — Coleman has the rare blend of size and speed that frequently transitions to top draft picks in April. Running in the 4.4s and standing at 6-foot-6, Coleman is a matchup nightmare for cornerbacks and he showed why at the end of last season.
Coleman is also improving as a blocker and route-runner in terms of his technique. Losing P.J. Fleck as his position coach, Coleman has showed no signs of slowing down with the transition to Brock calling plays and coaching the wide receivers.
Needs to Improve — What needs to be remembered is that Coleman is still inconsistent and incredibly inexperienced. Coleman's hands were questionable for most of last season and he is not nearly the refined product of other big-time Rutgers receivers like Mohamed Sanu, Kenny Britt and Tim Brown.
That can only improve with experience. With a year as a starter under his belt, Coleman is expected to make a big leap this season.
Long-Term Outlook — Coleman has the athleticism to be an early exit into the NFL, but that is not something on his or Rutgers' radar at this time as he approaches his redshirt sophomore season.
Coleman came to Rutgers as a raw athlete with a basketball background and is slowly developing into one of the biggest deep threats in the conference. Like all receivers, the quicker the quarterback situation gets resolved, the more successful he can be this season.