Bell led the Big Ten in rushing in 2012, averaging 137.9 yards per game.
Nine former Spartans, including six seniors and three juniors from the 2012 team, audition in front of NFL scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.
Co-offensive coordinators Dave Warner and Jim Bollman answer questions about their new positions on the coaching staff.
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi promoted to assistant head coach; Dave Warner promoted to co-offensive coordinator; newly hired Jim Bollman named co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach; running backs coach Brad Salem to coach quarterbacks.
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CAREER NOTES: Selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft (No. 48 overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers . . . powerful and explosive three-year letterwinner rushed for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns in 40 career games . . . finished his career ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in rushing TDs (sixth with 33), rushing attempts (sixth with 671), rushing yards (seventh with 3,346) and all-purpose yards (ninth with 4,114) . . . had 12 career 100-yard rushing games, which is eighth most in MSU history . . . talented all-around back had 78 career receptions for 531 yards (6.8 avg.).
CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: In three bowl games, had 206 rushing yards on 53 carries (68.7 ypg.; 3.9 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 . . . rushed for 48 yards on 17 carries (2.8 avg.), including TD runs of 8 yards and 1 yard, in the triple-overtime win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl; also had five receptions for 39 yards . . . his 1-yard TD against the Bulldogs with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the score at 27 and sent the game into overtime . . . had 13 rushing yards on four carries vs. No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl.
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 . . . was named CFPA National Running Back of the Week and Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his career day against the Gophers . . . the 266 rushing yards are the sixth-highest single-game total in MSU history . . . capped off an 11-play, 57-yard drive with an 8-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter that iced the game for the Spartans, and also ripped off runs of 26, 40 and 30 yards against the Gophers . . . collected 133 rushing yards on 32 carries (4.2 avg.) vs. Northwestern . . . rushed for 188 yards on 36 carries (5.2 avg.), including two touchdowns, vs. No. 21 Nebraska . . . compiled 106 all-purpose yards in the overtime win at Wisconsin (77 rushing, 21 kick return, 8 receiving); scored the game-tying TD on a 5-yard reception with 1:08 left in the game that sent the contest into overtime . . . totaled 103 all-purpose yards at No. 23 Michigan (68 rushing, 30 kick return, 5 receiving) . . . rushed for 140 yards on 29 carries, including a 14-yard TD run, vs. Iowa . . . led all players with 121 rushing yards on 37 carries at Indiana for third 100-yard rushing game of the season; also had two TDs against the Hoosiers . . . set career highs in receptions (8) and receiving yards (58) vs. No. 14 Ohio State; totaled 103 all-purpose yards against the Buckeyes . . . named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 253 rushing yards vs. Eastern Michigan, the seventh most in MSU single-game history, on 36 attempts; totaled 263 all-purpose yards against the Eagles and had a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter . . . totaled 97 all-purpose yards vs. No. 20 Notre Dame (19 carries for 77 yards; 4 receptions for 20 yards) . . . rushed for 70 yards on 18 carries (3.9 avg.) and two touchdowns at Central Michigan . . . rushed for 210 yards on a career-high 44 carries and had 265 all-purpose yards in the season opener against No. 24 Boise State to earn Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors . . . also had six receptions for 55 yards against the Broncos . . . Bell outgained the entire Boise State offense, 210-206, and 84 of his 210 yards were after contact . . . became the first Spartan running back to eclipse the 200-yard mark since Javon Ringer gained 201 yards on 39 rushes against Notre Dame in 2008 . . . the 44 carries tied for fourth most in school history . . . the 210 rushing yards were the most by a Big Ten running back in a season opener since Purdue's Ralph Bolden in 2009 (234 vs. Toledo) and the most by a Spartan running back in an opener since T.J. Duckett in 2000 (219 vs. Marshall) . . . scored the game-winning touchdown against the Broncos on a 5-yard run with 8:12 left in the fourth quarter . . . featured on the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award (national player of the year) and Doak Walker Award (nation's top running back).
2011 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . named to the CollegeFootballNews.com All-Sophomore Team (honorable mention) . . . . recipient of the team's Most Outstanding Underclass Back Award for offense . . . led team and ranked eighth in the Big Ten in rushing with 948 yards on 182 carries (67.7 ypg.) . . . started the last six games at tailback . . . led team and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns with 13 . . . had a team-best 10 rushes of 20-plus yards . . . ranked second on the team in all-purpose yards with 1,246 (948 rushing, 267 receiving, 31 kick return) . . . fi nished third on the team with 35 receptions for 267 yards (7.6 avg.) . . . rushed for 48 yards on 17 carries (2.8 avg.), including TD runs of 8 yards and 1 yard, in the tripleovertime win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl; also tied his career high with five receptions for 39 yards . . . his 1-yard TD against the Bulldogs with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the score at 27 and sent the game into overtime . . . recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin, collecting 106 yards on 18 carries (5.9 avg.), including a 6-yard TD run . . . rushed for a game-high 86 yards, including a 7-yard TD run, on 16 carries (5.4 avg.) in victory at Northwestern . . . led MSU with a game-high 68 rushing yards and had one catch for 23 yards against Indiana . . . named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 112 yards on a career-high 20 carries, including a 25-yard TD run, in victory at Iowa; also had two receptions for a career-high 49 receiving yards . . . named Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for a career-high 165 all-purpose yards in win over Minnesota with two rushing TDs (1 yard and 35 yards); had 15 carries for 96 yards (6.4 avg.) and five receptions for 38 yards against the Gophers . . . led MSU with 58 yards rushing on 12 carries (4.8 avg.) at No. 13 Nebraska in his first career start and crossed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career; had 70 all-purpose yards against the Cornhuskers (58 rushing, 12 receiving) . . . had 114 all-purpose yards in the victory over No. 4 Wisconsin with a team-high 87 yards rushing on 16 attempts (5.4 avg.) and four receptions for 27 yards . . . led team with 50 yards rushing on 14 carries and also had two catches for 17 yards in win at Ohio State . . . named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week after tying his career high with three rushing TDs while leading MSU with 81 yards on eight carries (10.1 avg.) vs. Central Michigan . . . had a career-high five receptions for 23 yards at Notre Dame . . . led MSU with 69 yards rushing, including a 2-yard TD run, in win over Florida Atlantic . . . ran for two TDs and 40 yards on nine carries in the 2011 season opener vs. Youngstown State.
2010 SEASON (FRESHMAN): Earned Big Ten All-Freshman honors from ESPN.com and Rivals.com . . . midseason addition to the Doak Walker Award Watch List . . . appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2010 and ranked second on the team in carries (107), rushing yards (605) and rushing touchdowns (8) . . . averaged 5.7 yards per carry . . . 28 of his 107 carries (26 percent) resulted in either a first down or a score, including three gains of 20 or more yards . . . led the team in rushing in three of the first six games while averaging 91.5 yards per game and 7.7 yards per carry (71 rushes for 549 yards and 8 TDs) . . . had 11 receptions for 97 yards (8.8 avg.) . . . also returned six kickoffs for 142 yards (23.7 avg.) . . . carried seven times for 78 yards and one score in MSU's 34-17 victory over No. 18 Michigan in Ann Arbor . . . averaged over 11 yards per carry against the Wolverines, and his 41-yard TD run around left end gave MSU the lead for good at 14-10 with 4:23 left in the first half . . . ran 16 times for 75 yards vs. No. 11 Wisconsin, including a 23-yard run around left end on a fourth-and-1 play late in the second quarter that set up Kirk Cousins' 8-yard TD pass to Mark Dell that gave MSU a 20-10 halftime lead . . . rushed 11 times for 92 yards and three TDs vs. Northern Colorado, scoring on runs of 8, 1 and 15 yards . . . earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors twice, rushing for 141 yards and two TDs in the season opener vs. Western Michigan and a game-high 114 yards on 17 carries in MSU's 34-31 overtime victory over Notre Dame, including a 16-yard TD run in the third quarter . . . became the first freshman running back in MSU history to rush for more than 100 yards in his debut . . . rushed six times for 108 yards in the first half alone vs. WMU, and his 75-yard run around right end set up the Spartans' third TD . . . enrolled at Michigan State on Jan. 11, 2010, for the beginning of the spring semester.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to SuperPrep's and PrepStar's All-Midwest Teams . . . three-year starter for Coach Tim Brown at Groveport (Ohio) Madison High School . . . selected first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference Ohio Division as a senior . . . rushed 200 times for 1,333 yards (6.7 avg.) and 21 touchdowns in 2009 . . . carried 30 times for a career-best 336 yards and four TDs vs. Dublin Jerome . . . gained 228 yards on 26 attempts and scored four total TDs vs. Marysville . . . accounted for 1,750 total yards and 24 total TDs as a senior, returning two punts and one interception for scores . . . ran for 1,100 yards and 13 TDs as a junior . . . added 789 yards and nine rushing TDs as a sophomore . . . earned second-team All-OCC Ohio Division honors in basketball as a junior . . . also participated in track and fi eld . . . attended the same high school that produced former Spartan and current New York Jet safety Eric Smith . . . son of Lisa A. Bell . . . born Feb. 18, 1992 . . . majoring in sociology.
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