Tevin Ford Coleman was born on April 16, 1993 in Tinley Park, IL and went to high school at Oak Forest (IL) High. His cousin is NBA forward Noah Vonleh, who also went to Indiana and currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets. As a true freshman, he was a reserve and started twice in 12 appearances. He finished the year with 225 rushing yards on 51 carries (4.4 avg) and a touchdown, while also returning kickoffs. He returned 24 kickoffs for 566 yards (23.6 avg), including a 96-yard touchdown. He also caught 10 passes for 49 yards (4.9 avg) as a freshman. As a sophomore, he earned nine starts at running back but missed the final three games with an ankle injury. He rushed for 958 yards on 131 carries (7.3 avg) with 12 scores and also caught 19 passes for 193 yards (10.2 avg) and returned six kickoffs for 124 yards (20.7 avg). He was named honorable mention on the All-Big Ten team that year. As a junior, he finished second in the nation in rushing with 2,036 yards on 270 carries (7.5 avg) and scored 15 touchdowns. e also caught 25 passes for 141 yards (5.6 avg). He was honored as a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award as well as a finalist for the Doak Walker Award. He also finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting on his way to first-team All-Big Ten honors. He declared early for the 2015 NFL Draft, where he was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (73rd overall).
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on May 12, 2015.
He signed a four-year deal worth $3,219,012 with the Falcons. His deal includes a signing bonus of $745,244. His base salaries are as follows: $435,000 (2015); $567,500 (2016); $680,000 (2017) and $791,268 (2018). He will have cap hits of: $621,311 (2015); $753,811 (2016); $866,311 (2017) and $977,579 (2018).