On Friday, Dec. 7, Michigan State Football’s most valuable player became recognized for his outstanding achievements. Running back Le’veon Bell won the 2012 Elite Running Back Trophy for the tremendous strides he brought to the Spartan football program.
This season, Bell rushed a total of 1,648 yards, which became the second best single-season total in Michigan State history. Not only has he impressed the Spartan Nation, but he has even made his mark in the entire Big Ten Conference. Bell topped the B1G in rushing yards with an average of 137.3 yards per game and earned First Team All-Big Ten for this outstanding amount. Le’veon also ranked 6th for rushing in the FBS and 1st in carries with 350.
During the MSU basketball game vs. Loyola on Sat., Dec. 8, head coach Mark Dantonio and Bell came into center court of the Breslin and Bell was awarded this trophy in front of many Spartan fans in hopes of his return to the program for his senior season. “One more year,” they chanted, as this junior has a big decision coming up for NFL draft season. “First and foremost, I just want to get to the game first and then just let the rest take care of itself,” Bell said regarding his decision, “I’m not in any rush to make a decision or anything. I haven’t really been thinking about it,” which is understandable considering what he has in store within the next few weeks.
The Spartans are headed to Tempe, Arizona to compete in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 29. With the help of Le’veon, this marks the 6th straight season for MSU bowl eligibility. Michigan State will take on the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs, and while most college students are going home for the holidays, Le’veon and the team will be in East Lansing, practicing and training for this big game.
Sounding like a conclusion to his college career, Bell stated, “being here these last couple years meant everything to me. It was a great moment out there and I just wanted to do it for the fans. Of course I couldn’t win anything without my teammates. My teammates helped me get to this point. The coaches, of course, put me in the right situation. It’s a total team effort.” Though many hope Le’veon remains in the green and white uniform, I believe Bell will realize his potential and continue his impressive skills next year in the NFL.
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