Sept. 24, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior running back Le'Veon Bell has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday morning. On 36 carries, Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards - the highest single-game total in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision this season and the sixth highest in MSU history - in the Spartans' 23-7 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
It marked Bell's second career 200-yard rushing game and sixth career 100-yard game. Bell was also awarded Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors following his 210-yard rushing performance in the season opener against No. 24 Boise State.
With his 15-yard run early in the second quarter, Bell became just the 16th player in Spartan history to reach the 2,000-yard career milestone; he is currently 15th on MSU's all-time list with 2,163 career yards.
Bell also scored his 26th career rushing TD late in the fourth quarter against EMU, tying Tico Duckett (1989-92) for ninth place in the MSU record book.
Bell finished with 263 all-purpose yards against the Eagles (253 rushing, -8 receiving, 18 punt return) - the 11th-best single-game total in MSU history. His 265 all-purpose yards against the Broncos on Aug. 31 was 10th best.
Through four games, Bell leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the FBS in rushing, averaging 152.5 yards per game. He also ranks second in the nation in carries (117) and 10th in all-purpose yards (173.8 ypg.). He owns the top single-game totals in the FBS this season in rushing yards (253 vs. Eastern Michigan) and carries (44 vs. Boise State).