Tevin Coleman

Tevin Coleman

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Coleman in 2015
No. 26Atlanta Falcons
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-04-16) April 16, 1993
Place of birth: Tinley Park, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Oak Forest (IL)
College: Indiana
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2016
Rushing yards: 626
Rushing average: 4.5
Rushing touchdowns: 6
Receptions: 21
Receiving yards: 344
Receiving touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Tevin Ford Coleman (born April 16, 1993) is an American football running back for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana, where he was a unanimous All-American.

Early years

Coleman attended Oak Forest High School in Oak Forest, Illinois. He played running back, wide receiver, and cornerback, and also returned kicks and punts. He was named the 2011 Southtown Star Player of the Year. As a senior, he rushed for 949 yards on 83 carries with 13 touchdowns, and also had 16 receptions for 345 yards and five touchdowns.[1]

Coleman was also on the school's track & field team, where he competed as a sprinter and jumper. He was one of the best 100-meter sprinters and long-jumpers in the state of Illinois as a high schooler. At the 2011 IHSA State Championships, he placed fourth in the 100m, at 10.86, and took second in the long jump, getting a personal-best mark of 7.16 meters.[2] At the 2011 Thornton Classic Meet, he took gold in the long jump, with a mark of 6.88 meters, and finished second in the 100 m, at 10.8 seconds.[3] At the 2011 IHSA 2A State T&F Championship, he ran the 100 meters in a PR of 10.5 seconds, on his way to a second-place finish.

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Coleman was ranked as the No. 37 running back nationally in 2012. He chose Indiana over scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Minnesota, and Michigan State.[4]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tevin Coleman
Oak Forest, IL Oak Forest HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Jan 9, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 47 (RB)   Rivals: 37 (RB)  247Sports: 42 (RB)  ESPN: 140 (WR)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career

As a true freshman in 2012 Coleman played in 12 games with two starts. He rushed for 225 yards on 51 attempts and one touchdown and also had 566 kick return yards and a touchdown. As a sophomore in 2013, Coleman started the first nine games of the season, before suffering an ankle sprain that caused him to miss the final three games.[5] He finished the year with 958 rushing yards on 131 carries with 12 touchdowns.[6][7]

In the first game of his junior season in 2014, Coleman rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns against Indiana State.[8] Coleman's 307-yard day in a loss at Rutgers on November 15 became second highest rushing day in school history, behind only Anthony Thompson at Wisconsin in 1989.[9] On November 25, Coleman and fellow Big Ten Conference running backs Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) and Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska) were named the three finalists for the Doak Walker Award.[10] In the final game of the 2014 season, on November 29 versus rival Purdue, Coleman rushed for 130 yards on 29 carries, finishing the season with 2,036 yards. He became the 18th player in NCAA Division I FBS history to reach 2,000-yard rushing mark in a season.[11] His 2,036 rushing yards also broke the school's single-season record, which had been held by Vaughn Dunbar who had 1,805 yards in 1991.[12] Coleman finished seventh in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting having received two first place votes.[13]

On December 29, 2014, Coleman announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.[14]


NCAA Collegiate Career statistics
Indiana Hoosiers
Season Rushing Receiving Kickoff Returns
Att Yards Avg Yds/G TD Rec Yards TD Att Yards Avg TD
2012 51 225 4.4 18.8 1 10 49 0 24 566 23.6 1
2013 131 958 7.3 106.4 12 19 193 0 6 124 20.7 0
2014 270 2,036 7.5 169.7 15 25 141 0 0 0 -- 0
Career Totals 452 3,219 7.1 97.5 28 54 383 0 30 690 23.0 1 [15]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 206 lb 4.39 s 22 reps
All values from Indiana Pro Day[16]

Coleman was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 73rd overall pick (3rd round) of the 2015 NFL Draft.[17] On May 12, 2015, Coleman signed his rookie contract, a four-year contract worth $3,219,012, with a $745,244 signing bonus.[18][19]

On September 8, 2015, due to the injury of Devonta Freeman, Coleman was named the Falcons feature running back to start the season.[20] On September 14, 2015, Coleman made his NFL debut, running for 80 yards on a season-high 20 carries against the Philadelphia Eagles.[21] On September 20, 2015, Coleman scored his first touchdown of his career against the New York Giants.[22] Coleman suffered a fractured rib in the game and was sidelined for Week 3 and Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans, respectively.[23] On November 29, 2015, Coleman ran for a season-high 110 yards on 18 carries against the Minnesota Vikings, his first 100-yard game of his career.[24] In his rookie season, Coleman rushed for 392 yards for 1 touchdown.[25] Coleman was ranked 11th among rookies in rushing yards.[26] Coleman was 1 of 17 rookies to record a rushing touchdown this season.[27]

On September 11, 2016, Coleman caught 5 passes for 95 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener.[28] Coleman recorded a 47-yard reception in the second quarter.[29] On September 18, 2016, Coleman scored his 1st touchdown of the season, a 13-yarder, against the Oakland Raiders.[30] On September 26, 2016, Coleman scored a career-high 3 touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints, his first multi-touchdown game.[31] On October 9, 2016, Coleman caught 4 passes for a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown against the Denver Broncos, his first touchdown reception of his career.[32] Coleman recorded a 31-yard touchdown reception in the 3rd quarter.[33] On October 23, 2016, Coleman ran for 64 yards on 8 carries and a touchdown against the San Diego Chargers.[34] Coleman ran 30 yards for the touchdown.[35] Coleman suffered a hamstring injury in the game.[34] Coleman was sidelined from Week 8 and Week 9's matchups against the Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively.[36][37]


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  5. College Football: Health the key for Indiana’s Tevin Coleman
  6. College Football: Indiana’s Tevin Coleman ready for more duty in coming season
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  33. "Matt Ryan finds Tevin Coleman for a 31-yard TD". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-11-06.
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