There’s no doubt that Indiana running back Tevin Coleman is among the most unheralded and underrated players in the nation at the moment.
Through his fine, two-game start to the season, Coleman leads the nation with 218.5 yards per game and, since the start of last season, he’s second in the country in rushing average per game (126.8), fourth in rushing touchdowns (17) and 12th in rushing yards (1,395).
All of this and Coleman has yet to be rewarded with an Offensive Player of the Week nod by his own conference.
Don’t think Coleman hasn’t noticed the slights. The junior told Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it’s difficult to be noticed for doing good work in Bloomington.
“It’s hard to get recognized as a running back here at Indiana,” Coleman said in a phone interview. “Maybe if I were somewhere else I’d probably be noticed because it’s a bigger school and they win much more. I just have to keep working and we have to keep working hard and we have to win more games and maybe I’ll be noticed.”
The wording on Coleman’s part is interesting, if not telling of how players view Indiana’s position in the Big Ten and beyond. Either way, I think I understand what he means to say, but it’s probably not a great piece of wording to have hanging over the program two days before an SEC matchup at Missouri.
It’s also worth pointing out that Anthony Thompson, of course, was a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist, who finished second in the voting in 1989. That Indiana team finished 5-6.
Indiana will have at least two games carried on CBS this basketball season, according to a Big Ten release.
The Hoosiers’ Sunday, Jan. 25 contest at Ohio State will begin at 1:30 p.m. and air on CBS, as will their Sunday, Feb. 8 game at Assembly Hall against Michigan (1 p.m.). A Feb. 22 game at Rutgers could also be picked up by CBS.
ESPN also released its Big Ten broadcast schedule. The Worldwide Leader will carry the following IU games this season:
- Jan. 10, home vs. Ohio State, noon/1 p.m., ESPN or ESPNU
- Jan. 22, home vs. Maryland, 9 p.m., ESPNU
- Feb. 3, at Wisconsin, 7 p.m., ESPN
- Feb. 19, home vs. Purdue, 7 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2
- March 3, home vs. Iowa, 7 p.m., ESPN
- March 7, home vs. Michigan State, TBD, ESPN or ESPN2
Indiana will also have games against Eastern Washington (Nov. 24, ESPNNews), Pittsburgh (Dec. 2, ESPN2), Louisville (Dec. 9, ESPN) and Georgetown (Dec. 27, ESPN2) carried on ESPN networks.
The Dec. 20 Crossroads Classic game will air on Fox Sports 1. BTN and BTN Plus will handle the remaining broadcasts.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
IU senior wide receiver Nick Stoner has his faith and family etched in ink on his body, Mike writes.
The Hoosier soccer team is still waiting for the goals to come after a 0-0 tie with Butler, Andy writes.
Indiana field hockey extended the best start in program history to 6-0, we reported.
2. IT’S INDIANA
A season-high 22 shots weren’t enough for Indiana soccer to find the net in a draw with Butler, Stuart Jackson of AllHoosiers.com writes.
IU running back Tevin Coleman is eyeing another big day against Missouri, Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes.
Missouri’s Gary Pinkel can relate to what Kevin Wilson is trying to do at Indiana, Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star writes.
Freshman wide receiver J-Shun Harris has big hands and a big heart in a little body, Sam Beishuizen of the Indiana Daily Student writes.
A film study of the Indiana defense and a tale of two halves at Bowling Green, via Dan at puntjohnpunt.com.
3. A SEMINOLE ENABLING
Florida State has created a monster who can no longer be tamed and set the stage to make him even more of a savior with a first-half suspension vs. Clemson, Dan Wolken of USA Today writes.
4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
A song for famous Jameis Winston — “Building a Monster” by Skylar Grey.
Outside of season-ending injuries to linebacker Steven Funderburk and freshman running back Tommy Mister, Indiana has been fortunate on the injury front.
This weekend, the Hoosiers expect to become even healthier.
IU coach Kevin Wilson announced on his weekly radio show Wednesday that tight end Anthony Corsaro, who missed the first two games and part of preseason practice due to a stress fracture in his foot, is expected to be available at Missouri.
“We finally got him back,” Wilson said. “I think he’ll be in the mix maybe to help a little bit, too. He’s a veteran guy and gives us a little bit there as well.”
Corsaro was a second-teamer behind Ted Bolser last season, when he appeared in all 12 games. The Hoosiers have depth and versatility across the board at tight end this fall.
Arizona transfer Michael Cooper has made each of the first two starts of the season at the position.
“Michael was here a year ago, but redshirted because of the transfer,” Wilson said. “He’s 260 pounds (and) had his first catch the other day. We need to get those guys more involved in the passing game. Jordan Fuchs (has) a lot of upside, just another one of the young freshmen. As coaches sometimes, we just gotta throw them out there and let them mess up, but let them play and grow because he’s gonna be a good football player at tight end for us.”
Through two games, Indiana has played 11 true and six redshirt freshmen. Wilson said on his show that freshman receiver Dominique Booth had his best week of practice leading into last weekend’s Bowling Green game and the results were apparent.
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FINAL IN OVERTIME: INDIANA 0, BUTLER 0. A tie and the Hoosiers continue to create chances but not goals, out-shooting the Bulldogs 21-10, after having had a 20-6 shot advantage in a 1-0 loss Saturday to Penn State. Indiana had very tough fortune a minute into the first overtime as BU’s Andy Holte made a miraculous near-post save on a Grant Lillard point-blank header, then saw Derek Creviston’s rebound catch the post and bounce across the face of goal without going in.
END FIRST OVERTIME: 0-0: Indiana now has 18-9 shot advantage but no result.
9:00: Massive IU flurry off corner-kick. Grant Lillard header goes off the keeper, then Creviston rebound off the near post, then shot blocked, then shot over crossbar.
END REGULATION PLAY: INDIANA 0, BUTLER 0. We are headed to extra time. That is 36 shots and five on-goal and zero goals in the past two games for Indiana. Haven’t gotten enough attempts on frame.
7:03: 0-0. Indiana’s Trevor Swartz flies into the box as BU keeper Holte misses a cross, but Swartz whiffs in front of empty net. One of the night’s very best chances. Good hustle by Swartz, but just couldn’t find a way to get an appendage on the ball.
Inside 14 minutes to play. Still scoreless. One mistake, either way, could obviously decide it now.
26:29 to play: Another near-goal IU. Tanner Thompson made a great run right down the middle and his blast caromed hard off the hands of Butler keeper Andy Holte, and then IU’s Brad Shaw couldn’t keep the rebound inside the far post.
28:29: Femi can’t get it on goal off a tremendous cross into the box from Brad Shaw. Still 0-0.
Indiana-Butler still scoreless, 31:08 to play. Hoosiers applying good pressure early in the second half, to no avail.
39:00 to play: Butler’s Vincent Mitchell has a breakaway, but IU keeper Colin Webb cut down the angle and saved easily.
HALFTIME: INDIANA 0, BUTLER 0. Pretty pedestrian half. Indiana has 8 shots to Butler’s six at halftime, but BU’s were perhaps the more dangerous.
17:34: Butler suddenly looking very dangerous. Eric Leonard’s right-footed blast blocked by IU keeper Colin Webb, creating a corner-kick that produced a very close header by Zach Steinberger.
19:53: Near-goal Butler. David Goldsmith nearly gets to the near post for a cross from Vincent Mitchell. Still scoreless at IU.
23:00: Indiana has tried a couple of long-range shots lately, well-struck by Vollmer and Thompson, but wide. IU-Butler scoreless 22 minutes in.
30:00: First 15 minutes uneventful. One shot apiece, both left-footers that went wide-left, from IU’s Jamie Vollmer (who started his college career at Butler) and BU’s David Goldsmith.
PREGAME: Indiana has some rather haunting memories from its last men’s soccer match against Butler Bulldogs. The Hoosiers blew a two-goal lead in the final two minutes and fell to the Bulldogs, 3-2 in overtime, last fall. IU had a series of painful overtime defeats in 2013, but perhaps none more galling from its point of view.
Butler enters tonight’s play at 2-2-2 but with a potent attack up front. Indiana has hung its hat on defense through a 3-1-1 start, scoring just four goals total so far.
The No. 14-ranked Hoosiers are coming off their first loss, 1-0 Saturday in the Big Ten opener against Penn State, but IU coach Todd Yeagley felt that might have been his squad’s strongest overall performance to date. IU outshot the Nittany Lions, 20-6, but will still need to prove it can put the ball into the net with more regularity. Perhaps with that in mind, Femi Hollinger-Janzen is starting at striker tonight in place of Andrew Oliver.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
The Indiana defense needs to quit worrying about everything else and “just go,” Mike writes.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Kevin Wilson still has faith in Indiana’s kicking game heading to Missouri, Blake Toppmeyer of the Columbia Daily Tribune writes.
Indiana looks to have a short-term memory after the Bowling Green game, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.
A Q-and-A with IU defensive back Kenny Mullen, by Sam Beishuizen of the Indiana Daily Student.
Ten things you didn’t know, or maybe you did, about Indiana University, Sean Morrison of the Missourian writes.
3. SHOE SHINE
Antonio Blakeney decommitted from Louisville this week, a move that had more to do with Adidas and Nike than the school itself, Adam Himmelsbach of the Louisville Courier-Journal writes.
4. ONE FOR THE ROAD
The Baltimore Orioles won their first division title since 1997 and our own Mike Miller is more giddy than a school girl about it. Hence his request for some “Orioles Magic” this morning.
While working on a Nick Stoner story that’s slated to run in Thursday’s Herald-Times, I got a chance to chat with the senior receiver’s mother, Fawn, over the phone on Tuesday afternoon.
I wanted to chat with her and get a gauge of what kind of guy Nick is outside of football. What kind of man has Nick Stoner grown up to be?
Stoner said it was fine if I called her, and supplied me with her number after Tuesday’s practice.
“She’s a good talker,” he said.
She sure is.
Fawn Stoner told me a great story about Nick, his one-time obsession with Justin Bieber and a carboard cutout of the Canadian pop star that he used to scare his parents around the family home.
Take it away, Fawn:
“Nick is funny,” she said. “He’s a prankster. He likes to prank his mom. He doesn’t talk about Justin Bieber as much as he used to, but he used to be obsessed with Justin. A couple years ago he thought God got he and Justin Bieber mixed up. He thought he should be the singer and Justin Bieber should have (Nick’s) dance moves. He had a Justin Bieber cutout he brought home at Christmas and it became quite a thing. I found it inside my laundry room one time and screamed. Another time I thought there was a man in my bathroom. He’d put it at the top of the stairs and one time my husband came home late at night … He loves to laugh, loves to have fun. He’s said before that he thinks he’s Peter Pan. He doesn’t want to grow up.”