Nov. 26, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After rushing for a career-high 266 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries in Michigan State's 26-10 win at Minnesota, Spartan junior Le'Veon Bell has been named the Big Ten Offensive Co-Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards' National Running Back of the Week. Bell's career day helped MSU become bowl eligible for a school record sixth-straight season.
Bell's 266 rushing yards are the sixth-highest single-game total in MSU history and the eighth most by a running back in the NCAA FBS this season. Bell is one of just four running backs in the FBS in 2012 to record three 200-yard rushing games (Toledo's David Fluellen, Air Force's Cody Getz and Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews).
Bell 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. He also ripped off runs of 26, 40 and 30 yards against the Gophers.
"Le'Veon's willingness to develop in all phases of the running back position throughout his career has made him a very productive football player," said MSU running backs coach Brad Salem. "He has the ability to make plays as a runner, pass catcher and blocker. Even with opponents centering their attention around him, he has continued to be very productive this fall. His ability to make people miss, power and yards after contact make him special and a highly valued to our team."
The Columbus, Ohio, native has rushed for career-high 1,648 yards in 2012 - the second-best single-season total in school history. He ranks first in the nation in carries (350) and leads the Big Ten and ranks third in the FBS in rushing (137.3 ypg).
This marks the third time this season Bell has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week; he also earned the weekly honor after rushing for 210 yards and two touchdowns in the season-opening win over No. 24 Boise State on Aug. 31, and when he ran for 253 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Eastern Michigan on Sept. 22.
Bell has 3,201 rushing yards for his career, which is seventh most in Spartan history; his 639 career carries are sixth most at MSU. With his 266-yard performance against the Gophers, Bell now has 11 career 100-yard rushing games, which is eighth most at MSU, including seven this season.