Heisman Trophy Candidate 2016: Corey Coleman

Corey Coleman is a 5’11” one hundred ninety pound junior wide receiver in his fourth year at Baylor University. He has played football for the Bears for three years, staying off the gridiron only in his first year at the school when he was a freshman.

Coleman plays as a wide receiver for Baylor

Coleman plays as a wide receiver for Baylor

Coleman, who was born in Richardson, Texas about twenty years ago and played football very successfully for Pearce High School, can be called an overachiever because he stands under six feet tall and weighs less than two hundred pounds, physical attributes that often put him at a competitive disadvantage.

And yet, this “undersized” wide receiver has already come close to setting all new performance records for the wide receiver position at the University of Baylor. Consider, if you will, what this incredibly dynamic performer has achieved in just three years on the football field.

After sitting out in his first year of school, Coleman began playing the next year as a redshirt freshman. By late in that initial season, the young wide receiver was a starter.

In the following year, his production numbers improved dramatically. And last year, in the 2014-2015 Season, he raised his game to heights never before reached by a Baylor wide receiver.

It was, by every standard, a “breakout year” for the talented wide-out. His prolific production earned him honors, of course. In fact, Coleman was elected to the All Big 12 Team and even more impressively, was named to the 2014 All-American Team.

Now, he is performing more “miracles” in the 2015-2016 season and can already point to career statistics that may ultimately enable him to become the most prolific wide receiver in the school’s long history.

After three seasons, Corey Coleman is near or at the top of the list in numerous offensive categories at Baylor University. He is, for instance, second in receiving and in yards-per-game which in his case is 71.6. The wide receiver is also sixth in yards-per-reception (16.63 yards), tenth in receiving touchdowns (thirteen), twelfth in receiving yards (1,646 yards), and fifteenth in career receptions. He has caught ninety-nine balls prior to the start of this season.

And Corey Coleman has also recorded five games in which he caught passes for more than one hundred yards.

This amazing player has been named college football’s “most freakish athlete” and most explosive player by NFL.com. He has world class speed that enables him to run forty yards in a lightning-fast 4.38 seconds and his soft hands allow him to make great catches.

Add it all up and this future star receiver in the National Football League (NFL) is a legitimate candidate for this year’s Heisman Trophy. He may stand out as a kind of underdog to some of the better known players eligible for the award. But there is no doubt that Corey Coleman belongs on the list.

It will be no surprise if he wins the award.

image courtesy of ourdailybears.com

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