Who is the nation’s best college football player?
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen isn’t waiting for Heisman Trophy voters to decide. He thinks he already knows the answer: Baylor receiver Corey Coleman.
“No. 1 (Coleman) is the best player in college football,” Holgorsen said Saturday, after a 62-38 loss to Baylor in which Coleman grabbed 10 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns. “You can put me on the record for that.”
The argument for Coleman is picking up steam. The Bears’ top deep threat has 41 catches for 877 yards and 16 touchdowns in his first six games. He has already broken Baylor’s single-season touchdown record for a receiver, all while sitting out the second half of many games because his team was so far ahead.
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Quite the feat, considering he topped current pros Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams and Josh Gordon.
“I’m trying to put it on another level. That’s my job,” Coleman told reporters Saturday. “I know how hard they worked to get it to ‘Wide Receiver U,’ and it’s my job to keep it alive and make it even better.”
At his current pace, he will break the national record of 27 receiving touchdowns. National media outlets are beginning to mention him as a Heisman hopeful.
Coleman even gave viewers an eye-popping highlight Saturday when he hurdled over West Virginia safety Jarrod Harper as Harper appeared to have Coleman cornered and lunged to make a leg tackle. Coleman cleared Harper with ease and scampered down the sideline for extra yards.
He is a daunting assignment for any defensive back to cover.
Of course, so is TCU receiver Josh Doctson. Some will argue Coleman is the nation’s best player. Others will say he isn’t the best receiver in the Big 12. That honor could go to Doctson, who has 60 catches for 1,067 yards and 12 touchdowns through seven games.
They are both skilled players who give opposing coaches nightmares, including Holgorsen. He gets to see Coleman and Doctson back-to-back when the Mountaineers travel to TCU on Thursday.
Doctson will have to do a lot to earn more praise than Coleman. He is a tough act to follow.
They don’t hand out awards halfway through a football season, but if they did, here is who would win in the Big 12.
▪ Best offensive player: Quarterback Trevone Boykin, TCU. The Horned Frogs have endured injuries, defensive breakdowns and a road-heavy schedule, but they remain undefeated because their quarterback makes so many big plays.
▪ Best defensive player: Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State. He leads the Big 12 with 7.5 sacks, and the Cowboys are undefeated.
▪ Best special-teams player: Kicker Ben Grogan, Oklahoma State. He leads the Big 12 with 11 field goals, including game-winning kicks against Texas and Kansas State.
▪ Best coach: Gary Patterson, TCU. He hasn’t allowed injuries to hurt his team’s record.
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