Indiana coach Kevin Wilson wouldn't go so far as to say Tevin Coleman was poised for a "breakout" seasons, but Wilson likes the future for the junior tailback from Tinley Park.
"I'm looking forward to Tevin having a solid year, a strong year," Wilson said at Big Ten media days. "And whether we want to call it breakout or can he handle the load, I think he's going to be one of the better offensive players in this conference, and looking forward to coaching him next week again."
Coleman finished last season with 958 yards and 12 touchdowns, including a 215-yard performance against Illinois.
Wilson said the Hoosiers will still spread the ball around, but Coleman will still assume most of the responsibility on offense.
Other issues Wilson touched on in his remarks:
*Wilson holds no ill feelings after quarterback Tre Roberson transferred to Illinois State. Nate Sudfeld is entrenched as the Hoosiers starting quarterback.
"We wanted what was best for him, respect him, wish him well," Wilson said.
*On the firing of Doug Mallory and hiring of Brian Knorr at defensive coordinator: "We're not expecting it to be lights out, but you just want to see some consistent, constant improvement," Wilson said. "And as we ended the season, we kind of took our time, evaluated ourselves, thought we should go in a different direction."