For the last few seasons, the running back position has been one of Indiana football’s strongest.

In 2014, Tevin Coleman rushed for 2,036 and 15 touchdowns on his way to being a consensus All-American. Coleman finished seventh in Heisman voting. He was picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and is a member of one of the best running back tandems in football, playing alongside Devonta Freeman.

Jordan Howard took over as the starter in 2015 after transferring from University of Alabama — Birmingham. He rushed for 1,213 and nine touchdowns in his lone season at Indiana. Howard was drafted by the Chicago Bears and was named to the Pro-Bowl after his rookie season.

Devine Redding was also consistent in the backfield, playing behind Howard before becoming the starter in 2016. He rushed for 1,000 yards in both of those seasons. Redding signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent this offseason.

Camion Patrick is one of the front-runners to start at running back in 2017, though it remains unclear. Patrick is a redshirt senior and played most of the 2016 season at wide receiver. He suffered an ACL injury in the spring of that year and it has been reported that he is not yet 100 percent recovered.

Also competing for the starting job is junior Mike Majette and redshirt sophomore Devonte Williams.

Williams played in 11 games for the Hoosiers last season, carrying the ball 48 times for 147 yards. He was also the team’s kick returner, netting 784 yards on returns. Williams was also named to the All-Freshman team.

The Hoosiers are entering their first season under new coach Tom Allen and kick off on August 31 against Ohio State.

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