All Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman does is score touchdowns. Coleman has been the best receiver in the country this season. While most of the focus for the Heisman Trophy has been on running backs like Leonard Fournette, Coleman is quietly slipping into the conversation for the award.
From his athletic catches to his shirtless press conferences, he has created quite the stir both on and off the football field. Many people may not realize the hard path Coleman has had to become a star college football player.
Here is what you need to know about the standout Baylor wide receiver:
1. Coleman Grew Up in a Difficult Part of Dallas
Coleman has displayed resilience throughout his life. According to ESPN, he grew up in the Highlands Hill neighborhood in Oak Cliff. Highland Hills is one of the most difficult neighborhoods in Dallas. He was raised primarily by his mother.
Coleman spoke to ESPN about his environment growing up:
We’d be playing tackle football on the street, and you’d hear gunshots. My mom would come out and make me come in. And after an hour, I’d sneak back out to play again. That’s just the way it was. Police were always coming around. People were getting arrested, and sometimes people got shot. I guess you got used to it.”
2. His Dad Is in Prison
Coleman grew up primarily in a single-parent home as his father was in and out of prison. According to ESPN, his father was brought before a grand jury in 2012 for cocaine distribution. He was convicted in 2014 and will not be released from prison until November 2021.
Coleman does not visit his father but says they exchange letters through the mail. It is a difficult relationship to manage, but he does his best to keep the communication lines open.
3. Coleman Has the Single-Season Record for Touchdowns at Baylor
He is on pace to break the single-season NCAA record of 27 touchdowns by a receiver. Coleman broke the Baylor record of 16 touchdowns back in October. Eight games into the season, Coleman had 1178 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.
He leads the entire country in touchdowns. Coleman has been Baylor’s go-to playmaker. His combination of speed and elusiveness has allowed him to find the endzone more than any receiver in the country.
4. He Ran a 4.38 40-Yard Dash
College football fans know that Coleman is fast. According to Baylor Athletics, he was clocked at 4.38 seconds for his 40-yard dash time. He also has a 45-inch vertical leap which is the best of anyone on the Baylor football team. He also had the top time on the three-cone drill.
His athleticism and playmaking abilities have NFL scouts attention. NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller has Coleman as the 25th ranked prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft. He is a junior and will have a decision to make at the end of the season. Should he enter the draft, he has a good chance of being a first round pick.
5. Coleman’s Shirtless Press Conference Went Viral
After an October victory over Iowa State, Coleman decided to do the post-game press conference shirtless. It created quite the controversy nationally. Baylor coach Art Briles said the incident would not happen again.
According to Yahoo Sports, Coleman was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. He received scholarship offers from a number of schools including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Ultimately, Coleman decided to attend Baylor and play in their high-powered offensive attack.