Despite putting up the best single-season rushing numbers in Indiana history, Tevin Coleman won't be heading to NYC to celebrate his season.
Much like Antwaan Randle-El in 2001, mounting losses likely prevented the Indiana all-timer from finding a front-row seat reserved for him at the Heisman ceremony. Fellow All-B1G backfield mate Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin took votes away from Coleman. Heisman voters only chose three finalists, opting for a quaterback in Oregon's Marcus Mariota as well as a reciever in Alabama's Amari Cooper, to complement Gordon in New York. Mariota is the overwhelming, odds-on favorite to win the award.
Coleman was overshadowed by the play of Gordon, who despite a 26-carry, 76-yard performance against Ohio State in this past week's Big Ten Championship game, finished the year with 2,336 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns on 309 carries. By comparison, Coleman finished the year with 2,036 yards and 15 touchdowns on 270 carries. While Coleman played one less game than Gordon, he'd need 300 yards on 39 carries to catch him in a non-existent extra game.
1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
3. Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama