The bye week lifted Tevin Coleman on one national leaderboard, while he slipped on another.
After Indiana sat out this weekend, Coleman once again leads the country with 170.3 rushing yards per game, as Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon slipped to second with 166.9 yards per contest. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Marshall’s Devon Johnson leapfrogged Coleman in total rushing yards, with the IU back now sitting in third nationally with 1,192 yards to date. Abdullah leads with 1,249 yards and Johnson is second with 1,203.
Next up for Coleman and the Hoosiers is a game at Michigan on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Wolverines yielded 219 rushing yards to Michigan State in their 35-11 loss to the Spartans this weekend. MSU back Jeremy Langford rushed for 177 yards and three touchdowns, while averaging 5.1 yards per carry on 35 touches.
Michigan’s rush defense is fourth in the Big Ten, holding opponents to an average of 109.2 yards per game. Prior to Saturday, the Wolverines held opponents to an average of 2.73 yards per rush. They’ve held five of their eight opponents to an average of 2.5 yards per carry or less. Penn State averaged 1.5 yards on 35 carries, Rutgers averaged 2.5 yards on 30 carries, Utah rushed for a 2.2 average on 37 carries, Miami (Ohio) averaged 1.38 yards on 24 attempts and Notre Dame was held to a 1.74 average on 31 rushes.
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According to a report from the Portsmouth (Ohio) Daily Times, former Indiana University women’s soccer player Lisa Nouanesengsy was injured in an apartment fire on Friday morning. The report says Nouanesengsy suffered “extensive burns to her hands and legs.”
Nouanesengsy was second team All-Big Ten as a senior for the Hoosiers last season. She finished her career third in goals scored and fifth in points all-time in IU women’s soccer history.
With no game to play and one of its top commits set to visit a conference rival, it all sets up for an awkward weekend for Indiana.
2015 quarterback Tommy Stevens, who verbally committed to IU in June, will visit Penn State on an official visit Saturday, Decatur Central coach Justin Dixson confirmed Friday.
Stevens is a three-star prospect and considered the No. 15 dual-threat quarterback in the nation according to Rivals. Penn State offered Stevens in the last month after four-star recruit Brandon Wimbush decommitted and flipped for Notre Dame. Now, the Nittany Lions are looking for a similar flip from Stevens.
“Talking to Tommy and his dad, I think it’s really a push from his dad to make sure Tommy explores all of his options,” Dixson said. “He committed to Indiana in June, he was really comfortable with that and that hasn’t changed. He’s still committed to Indiana. I think it’s just that the Penn State offer came really late in the process and it wasn’t an option before then. They just want to make sure they go through the entire process with all of his options. He’s still committed to Indiana.”
Penn State coach James Franklin was a dual threat quarterback himself as a college player and thought he had a player in Wimbush who could’ve been the heir to Christian Hackenberg. He’ll make a strong push for Stevens this weekend, with Penn State expecting over 100,000 fans in a white-out game against Ohio State.
Stevens previously considered offers from Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina State and West Virginia before choosing to become a Hoosier.
“He weighed all of his options as they were up to June,” Dixson said. “I think he did that to the best of his abilities with the options that he had. He felt strongly about Indiana and everything that goes along with that. This Penn State thing happened late and he’s just making sure he can make the best decision possible for him and his future. From what he’s told me, he still feels real strongly about Indiana.”
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