McCullough's Backs Running Wild
April 8, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Deland McCullough is in his fourth season as Indiana's running backs coach. The Hoosiers ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 201.8 rushing yards per game (30th nationally) and 25 rushing touchdowns in 2013.
IU also sat third in the league with 5.3 yards per carry (16th). The totals were the highest for the program in each category since 2001. Tevin Coleman (958) and Stephen Houston (753) each eclipsed 750 yards.
McCullough and two of his charges, Coleman and D'Angelo Roberts, spoke with IUHoosiers.com's Jeremy Gray following Tuesday's 11th spring practice:
Coleman earned honorable mention All-Big Ten recognition in 2013. He rushed for 958 yards on 131 carries (7.3 average) with 12 touchdowns and finished with 1,275 all-purpose yards in nine games.
The junior averaged 106.4 rushing yards and 141.7 all-purpose yards per game. Coleman became the first Hoosier since Levron Williams (2001) to average over 100 rushing yards. He also collected the most yards for an IU back since Williams in 2001 and his all-purpose yardage per game marked the highest for an IU back since Williams that same season.
Coleman tied for second in the Big Ten (T-14th nationally) in yards per attempt, was third (22nd) in all-purpose yards per game, tied for third in total yards per play (7.3, T-26th), fourth (T-20th) in yards from scrimmage per game (127.9), fifth in rushing yards per game (22nd) and scoring per game (8.0), tied for fifth in rushing TDs and sixth in total scores.
Roberts, a Bloomington North High School graduate, is entering his senior campaign. He owns 795 rushing yards, a 4.1 average and seven touchdowns in his career.
Last year, Roberts saw action in all 12 games with one start at No. 4 Ohio State. He rushed 52 times for 232 yards (4.5 average) and caught seven passes for 57 yards and one TD. Roberts collected his second career 100-yard game with 113 yards on 14 carries (8.1 average) in the team's win over Purdue
IU's Cream & Crimson Spring Game will take place at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 12. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET and BTN2Go will broadcast the game.
The Hoosiers 15-practice spring schedule is listed below:
March 8, 9, 11, 13, 25, 27, 29
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