Saturday, when he surpassed 1,000 rushing yards just six games into the 2014 season, he acknowledged the offensive line for getting ?him there.
That accomplishment, and Coleman’s 219-yard game against Iowa, earned him Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
“Tevin is a special, special player,” IU Coach Kevin Wilson said. “He’s a tremendous talent, a tremendous kid. I think he would tell you he ?appreciates what his team does for him.”
Coleman is the first Hoosier to run for a 1,000-yard season since Levron Williams did in 2001 and the 10th in program history. He’s also the fastest Hoosier to reach ?that mark.
He also had touchdown runs of 46, 69 and 83 yards in a 45-29 loss to the Hawkeyes. It was his eighth-consecutive 100-yard rushing game and 15th-straight with ?a touchdown.
Both streaks rank highest in the nation.
This is Coleman’s second-career Big Ten Offensive ?Player of the Week honor.
On Monday, Wilson compared Coleman to current Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who he coa ched at Oklahoma.
“As a freshman he worked like that guy Peterson did at Oklahoma,” Wilson said. “His work ethic and the type of kid he is might be better than the talent. And the talent’s pretty good, you all have seen that.”