Big Ten Preview: Even Without Coleman, Indiana is Scary Offensively

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Tevin Coleman has been one of the brightest offensive stars for Indiana Football.

Heading into the Hoosiers (4-5, 2-3) Big 10 showdown in Madison, Saturday, just days after being selected as the Big 10 Offensive Player of the Week, Coleman was ruled out of this coming Saturday’s match-up by head coach Kevin Wilson.

Unlike most ankle injuries that can change day-to-day, Wilson didn’t want to play the guessing game and made it clear to his team, the media and the Wisconsin Badgers (7-2, 4-1) that his top running back will be out this week.

Wilson wasn’t phased by the revelation, and says their depth at that position allows his team some early week flexibility moving forward.

Coleman was a bull this past week at home, as he rushed for 215 yards on 15 carries (14.3-yard average) against Illinois. He suffered an ankle injury late in the game which according to his coach won’t allow him to be part of this weekend’s battle in Madison.

“It’s nothing major,” Wilson said. “It’s not a break, but it’s major enough that with an ankle deal in the skill position, a fast guy, he’s going to be very, very limited, in all likelihood.”

The Hoosiers offense has been every bit of a juggernaut this season – a record-setting season for the program. They’ve scored 28-or-more points in 10 straight games dating back to last season, a program record.

Last week in the team’s win over Illinois the put up 52-points – tied for the second-most against a Big Ten opponent in school history. With 650 total yards, IU matched a program record, and set a new Memorial Stadium mark breaking the former best set by the Badgers last season in a 62-14 win.

Although the running back position has garnered much attention so far this week, it’s through the air where Indiana has really been impressive. With Shane Wynn, Ted Bolser, Cofi Hughes and Cody Latimer, Indiana boasts one of the top receiving corps in all FBS. They’ve combined for 145 receptions on the season and are the only team in the college football with four players currently on their roster with 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in their careers, (Latimer – 118 for 1,830; Hughes – 116 for 1,722; Wynn – 116 for 1,367; Bolser, 112 for 1,313).

Bolser is a physical tight-end, one of the best in the programs history. His is the all-time leader in yardage and touchdowns (14) and is second in catches.

The two guys throwing the ball haven’t been bad so far this season, either. Nate Sudfeld has completed 159 of his 258 attempts for a total of  2,182 Yds, 19 TD’s and just 8 INT’s. Tre Roberson has also gotten time, completing 48-of -8 for 1, 736 Yds, 9 TD’s and just 2 INT’s.

Topics: Badgers, Big 10 Football, Football, Hoosiers, Indiana, Ted Bolser, Tevin Colemam, Wisconsin

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