September 27, 2007

Coleman making his mark

Since the day he set foot on campus Kurt Coleman has been one of those players destined to make an impact. The former four star cornerback out of Clayton (Ohio) had a list of nearly 40 offers and eventually picked the Buckeyes over the Hawkeyes when it was all said and done.

Coleman didn't last long as a cornerback when injury struck the team in Iowa City last year and Anderson Russell was lost for the year. Coleman volunteered to move to safety and the rest is history. But Coleman's first contributions to the team were on special teams rather than the defense in blocking a field goal against Bowling Green. While making noise on the special units Coleman soaked in everything that he could from the older players around him.

"It was a great time last year because I got to learn behind Brandon Mitchell and Jamario O'Neal and I just got a feel for the game," Coleman said. "This year I have stepped up to the role of a starter and I have been able to focus a lot more and get a lot more film study and I am out there just playing has hard as I can."

Things have paid off with Coleman fourth in tackles for the team this year including 1.5 for loss and a pass break up but that is not good enough for Coleman who admits he is always striving to better himself as a player.

"I would give myself a C+," Coleman said. "For me I am never satisfied and I always think I can do something better and I need to make a lot more plays for this defense. I just don't think I am stepping up to the plate enough."

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