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Like a Bat Out of Bell


Junior Le’Veon Bell provides bright spot in disappointing season




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Junior running back Le’Veon Bell runs down the field during the game against Eastern at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. The Spartans won 23-7. Julia Nagy/The State News



It’s no secret junior running back Le’Veon Bell has had a phenomenal 2012. Bell has done a lot of heavy lifting for the Spartans (6-6 overall, 3-5 Big Ten) this season and, in doing so, has pieced together one of the most impressive rushing campaigns in MSU history.

His 137.3 rushing yards per game are good enough for first in the Big Ten and third in the nation overall while his workload of 350 carries this season is the most in the nation.

Whether or not Bell elects to go pro following the Spartans’ bowl game, there’s no denying that he has cemented his name in the MSU record books as one of the most successful backs to wear green and white.

Rushing yards per game:

1. 1985 — Lorenzo White
172.2 yards per game (12 games)

2. 2012 — Le’Veon Bell
137.3 yards per game (12 games)

3. 1971 — Eric Allen
135.8 yards per game (11 games)

4. 1987 — Lorenzo White
131.0 yards per game (12 games)

5. 1989 — Blake Ezor
129.9 yards per game (10 games)

Carries:

1. 1985 — Lorenzo White
419 carries (2,066 yards)

2. 2008 — Javon Ringer
390 carries (1,637 yards)

3. 1987 — Lorenzo White
357 carries (1,572 yards)

4. 2012 — Le’Veon Bell
350 carries (1,648 yards)

5. 1988 — Blake Ezor
322 carries (1,496 yards)

Rushing Yards:

1. 1985 — Lorenzo White
2,066 yards (419 carries)

2. 2012 — Le’Veon Bell
1,648 yards (350 carries)

3. 2008 — Javon Ringer
1,637 yards (390 carries)

4. 1987 — Lorenzo White
1,572 yards (357 carries)

5. 1988 — Blake Ezor
1,496 yards (322 carries)


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