Indiana Football: Five Best Running Backs in School History

Indiana has had its fair share of running backs. These are the five best.
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Tevin Coleman

In 2014, running back Tevin Coleman became the 18th player in Division I history to run for over 2,000 yards. He is one of four Big Ten running backs to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark -- Johnathan Taylor did it twice. He and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon broke 2,000 yards in 2014. Coleman was a Unanimous All-American, All-Big Ten First Team, and Doak Award Finalist, and he finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy Balloting.

Coleman's collegiate career started well. He gained 225 yards rushing as a freshman, appearing in twelve games, primarily on special teams. His sophomore year would have been even better if an ankle injury had not cost him three games. Coleman gained 1,151 total yards and scored 12 touchdowns in nine games. The over seven yards per carry stand out most about that season.

Coleman was fully healthy in 2014, and it showed. The Oak Forest, Illinois native rushed for 2,036 yards and had 2,177 yards from scrimmage. He scored 15 touchdowns that year. He broke Vaughn Dunbar's single-season rushing record, and his 3,219 career yards are good for fifth all-time. His 28 rushing touchdowns are fifth all-time as well. Coleman also has one of two 300-yard rushing games in school history.