||01-21-2013 07:48 PM
Why aren't we talking about this kid?
Le'Veon Bell, running back, Michigan State.
6'2" 237 lbs.
This kid looks like the perfect "Fox System" running back and should be available somewhere in round 3 (current projections). I didn't watch any Michigan State football this year, but his highlights look pretty insane for a guy his size. He accelerates well, makes hard cuts, hurdles defenders, and drags people for extra yards. He supposedly also has good hands and has put up good receiving numbers (mostly screens?).
Why aren't we talking about this kid? He is looking like one of my favorite early choices, especially as a potential third round pick.
Here are some of his stats and accolades from the Spartans website:
2012 SEASON (JUNIOR): Won the Big Ten overall rushing title averaging 137.9 yards per game, which also ranked third in the NCAA FBS . . . became the first Spartan to win the Big Ten overall rushing title since Tico Duckett in 1990 . . . totaled 1,793 rushing yards, the second-highest single-season mark in MSU history and the fifth most in the nation in 2012 . . . ranked first in the FBS in carries (382), which also ranks third most in a MSU season and fourth in the Big Ten record book . . . according to STATS, Bell gained 922 of his 1,793 rushing yards (51 percent) after contact, which ranked first among all NCAA FBS running backs, and broke 16 tackles . . . voted Most Valuable Player (Governor's Award) by his teammates . . . first-team All-Big Ten selection (coaches and media) . . . also a first-team All-Big Ten pick by ESPN.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele . . . named a fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele . . . honorable mention All-American by SI.com . . . one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back) . . . recipient of the College Football Performance Awards Elite Running Back Trophy; winners of the award are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams . . . one of just four players in the FBS in 2012 to record three 200-yard rushing games (Toledo's David Fluellen, Air Force's Cody Getz, Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews) . . . became just the second Spartan to record three 200-yard rushing games in a season (Lorenzo White: school-record four times in 1985) . . . had eight 100-yard rushing games, second most in an MSU single-season (Lorenzo White: school-record 11 times in 1985) . . . ranked second in the Big Ten and 14th in the FBS in all-purpose yards (155.7 ypg.) . . . his 2,024 all-purpose yards ranked fourth most in a MSU single-season . . . was just the 13th Spartan to record a 1,000-yard rushing season . . . also ranked among the Big Ten leaders in rushing touchdowns (tied for fourth with 12) and total offense (10th at 140.2 ypg.) . . . owned the top single-game total in the FBS in 2012 in carries (44 vs. Boise State) and ranked eighth in rushing yards (266 vs. Minnesota) . . . produced 82 first downs and 34 runs of 10 or more yards, including 13 gains of 20 or more yards . . . ranked fifth on the team with 32 receptions for 167 yards (5.2 avg.) . . . named Offensive Player of the Game in the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl after rushing for a game-high 145 yards and one touchdown on 32 carries in MSU's win over TCU . . . his 4-yard touchdown run gave MSU its first lead at 14-13 with 7:00 left in the fourth quarter . . . his 32 rushing attempts and 145 rushing yards mark the fifth-highest single-game bowl totals in Spartan history . . . he also became the first MSU back to post a 100-yard rushing game in a bowl since Javon Ringer carried 21 times for 101 yards against Boston College in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl . . . named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week three times (Aug. 31 vs. Boise State; Sept. 22 vs. Eastern Michigan; Nov. 24 vs. Minnesota) . . . rushed for a career-high 266 yards - the most by a Big Ten player in 2012 - and a touchdown on 35 carries in MSU's win at Minnesota . . .