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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Ranking the Big Ten: Kurt Coleman, No. 13

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Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

Ranking the Big Ten's top 30 players ... 

No. 13

Kurt Coleman, S, Ohio State, Sr., 5-11, 188

Why he's here -- A second-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2008, Coleman enters the fall pegged to be the league's top safety. He briefly flirted with entering the NFL draft before returning to Ohio State, where he wants to win a bowl game and possibly make another run at a national title.

After a solid sophomore season in 2007, Coleman became more of a playmaker last fall. He recorded his first two career interceptions against Troy and led Ohio State with four picks on the season. Coleman also ranked third on the team in tackles with 78. He recorded seven or more tackles in each of Ohio State's final four games, including 11 in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Texas.

Coleman and teammate Anderson Russell form one of the nation's top safety tandems. With Ohio State losing All-American cornerback Malcolm Jenkins as well as corner Donald Washington, Coleman will have to lead the way in the secondary this fall.  

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