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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Le'Veon Bell left his mark at Michigan State


Le'Veon Bell left his mark on the Spartans program.

      It was September 3, 2010, Le'Veon Bell was preparing for his first college football game versus Western Michigan UniversityA two-star recruit out of Groveport Madison HS, Bell entered the season as the third-string Running Back behind Sophomore's Larry Caper and Edwin Baker. Baker and Caper became a formidable duo as freshman, combining for 205 carries and 895 yards and turning up expectations for the 2010 season. Bell had another script for the 2010 team.  Late in the 2nd quarter, Bell broke a 75-yd run capping a magical day finishing with 140 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns becoming the first Spartan freshman to run for 100 yards in his opening game.

      He finished his freshman year ranking second in carries with 107, yards with 605, and touchdowns with 8, while being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and being added mid-season to the Doak Walker Award Watch List. He showed a knack for getting the tough extra yards, a spin move that left defenders cleaning dirt out of their helmets and the awareness to pick up every blitz out of the back field kept him on the field to protect Kirk Cousins.

     Entering his Sophmore season, Bell and Baker where in-line to share carries and become best stable of backs at Michigan State since Javon Ringer and Jahuu Caulcrick. Racking up 948 yards on 182 carries, being named Honorable Mention All Big Ten,  and being named the Most Outstanding Underclassman Back on offense, Bell entered his Junior year as the undisputed lead back, following Bakers puzzling entrance into the NFL Draft, and on most experts Heisman Watch List. 

Bell hurles a Boise State defender.
      A team viewed as one dimensional with a first year quarterback, Bell put the Spartans on his back versus Boise State, posting an incredible 44 carries for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

     Recording 350 carries, 1648 yards and 11 touchdowns in his junior season, He lead the Spartans too a bumpy 6-6 record, losing 5 games by four points or less. But that wasn't it. Bell saved his best for last, leading the Spartans to a come-from-behind victory in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. 

      In a game that featured 104 passing yards, 29 of those came on Bell's touchdown pass to Aaron Burbridge, Bell carried the Spartans with 32 carries for 145 yards and another score. He was their everything, due to Quarterbacks Andrew Maxwell and Connor Cook never finding their rhythm. 

     Today we say thank you, and goodluck as Bell makes his way towards NFL dreams.

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