Amari Coleman (#7) played cornerback for Central Michigan University. Coleman attended New Lothrop High School located in Flint, Michigan. Coleman was a four-year starter in high school and led NLHS to three consecutive conference championships and two regional titles. Coleman ranked No. 35 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 and the Detroit News Blue Chip List. Coleman played a big role on offense as he spent time playing running back, quarterback, and wide receiver. Coleman returned 6 punts all for touchdowns his senior season. He was also able to break the New Lothrop single season interception record with 9 as a sophomore, finishing his high school career with 13. Coleman also lettered a year in both basketball and track and field. Coleman finished third in the state in the 100-meter his sophomore year and second in the state in both the 100-meter and long jump his junior season.
Coleman had a very success career at Central Michigan University. During his career as a Chippewa, Coleman had 141 total tackles (111 solo and 30 assisted), 9 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 8 interceptions for 124 yards and 3 touchdowns, 29 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Coleman helped seal a Central Michigan win over Eastern Michigan with a 32-yard pick six late in the game. When asking Coleman about his success he found while at Central he said, “All of the accolades and everything are great but what I’m going to miss the most is going out on the field with my best friends and playing for/with them.” Coleman was a great threat on the defense for Central Michigan and knows he had a successful career but more than anything he will miss the people of the game more so than the best football he played during his four-year career.
Due to Coleman’s success on the field as a Chippewa he was invited to participate in the NFLPA Bowl. I asked Coleman about his experience playing in the NFLPA Bowl and how it differed from any other game he played. Coleman said, “My experience facing different players in the NFLPA Bowl was the same as it was during the season.” Coleman also mentioned that it was slightly tougher because the competition was higher and they had to go into that game with no film preparation. Coleman had to react on the fly and mainstream adjust due to not knowing who you will be matched up with but said that was a part of the game.
I was honored to watch Coleman play his Junior and Senior season. I asked Coleman what he believed his toughest matchup was during his career. Coleman said, “I believe the toughest competition that I’ve faced in college was held in practice. Going against players like Corey Willis, Tyler Conklin, and Mark Chapman I would always have to be on my A game because if not I would get exposed.” Coleman faced Corey Davis, Aaron Burbridge, and Kenny Golladay and those three are currently doing well in the NFL. Coleman said that the guys he went up against in practice helped shape him into the player he is today and felt like they were his toughest matchup.