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2015 NFL DRAFT

Le’Veon Bell, RB

School: Michigan State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Reynoldsburg, OH
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 230 lbs.
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03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: Le'Veon Bell, RB (6-foot-1 3/4, 229 pounds) - Bell stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He looked great in the positional workout, catching the ball very well out of the backfield. This is a player who could be picked up at the top of the second round (NFL.com's Bucky Brooks has gone as far as to say that Bell is the best running back in the 2013 NFL Draft). For those old enough to remember former New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers running back Chuck Muncie, Bell's playing style is reminiscent of him. Bell has gotten his weight down around 20 to 25 pounds. Former Houston Oilers and Michigan State running back Lorenzo White has been instrumental in working with Bell and making sure he keeps his weight down.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were well-represented at Michigan State's pro day, with head coach Mike Tomlin, running backs coach Kirby Wilson, tight ends coach James Daniel, as well as general manager Kevin Colbert in attendance. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes were in attendance. Denver Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville and Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts were also there. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: The scout said the three Spartans' underclassmen who elected to make themselves eligible for the NFL Draft - tailback Le'Veon Bell, tight end Dion Sims and defensive end Will Gholston - all have third-round draft grades. The scout emphasized that the draft grade doesn't necessarily indicate where they will get selected. "Bell, he could move up into the second round,'' he said. "He runs a lot like (Houston Texans taiback) Arian Foster. He's very instinctual, very patient, and he has a good feel for his blocking. He'll do really well in a zone-blocking scheme. He's not as effective when he tries to go outside, though.'' - Mike Griffith, Michigan Live

03/14/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: After conducting virtually all of the timed drills at the combine last month, Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell only ran the long shuttle (11.46) and went through positional drills during the Spartans' Pro Day. Nevertheless, he caught the attention of one scout willing to speak anonymously following the workout. "He looked more natural catching the ball than I think a lot of people expected," the scout said. The scout wasn't the only one pleased with Bell's performance. The talented 6-1, 229-pound back was also happy. "Today I really wanted to show my ability to catch the ball and my ability to get in and out of cuts," said Bell, according to the university's official athletics' website. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/14/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: "A lot of people might look at me and say he's 230 pounds, he might be slow, or he can't catch the ball out of the backfield. I wanted to show people I'm quick...I can run routes, and I can catch the ball out of the backfield. Just show up and open some eyes today, and show people what I can do. I feel like I got out a lot of today." The scout agreed, telling me he'd "be surprised" if Bell slid out of the second day of the draft.

As the first MSU back to lead the Big Ten in rushing yards since similarly big, light-footed back TJ Duckett in 1990, Bell is well known to scouts. So too is the Spartans' tight end Dion Sims. Nonetheless, he may be moving up draft boards after a solid showing of his own. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/01/2013 - NFL teams ask prospects all kinds of crazy things at the combine. At least one question at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine crossed the line with Colorado tight end Nick Kasa being asked if he "liked girls." And now we know of at least one more prospect whose sexuality was brought into question, as Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell was asked by WDFN in Detroit whether he was asked about his sexuality. "Yeah, yeah, there were questions just like that," Bell said, via the Detroit News. "There were definitely a couple of weird questions. I got asked so many of them, I don't remember them all. But that was definitely a couple of questions I got asked." The NFL already said it would investigate the Kasa matter and how it went down. And it now likely will have a second investigation on its hands. The NFLPA certainly doesn't appreciate the questions being asked. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com

03/01/2013 - Le'Veon Bell, the star Michigan State running back who's now a top NFL draft prospect, provided an example of a question he got during the NFL combine in an interview with NBC Sports Radio on Thursday night, and it's one the NFL could investigate and determine whether or not it violates league policy or employment laws to ask. "They really didn't ask about my sexuality," Bell said. "They were just kind of asking like, 'Do I talk to a lot of girls?' and on little things like that. It's not a big deal at all. I definitely didn't mean to make headlines about it or anything.

"Like I said, I didn't feel offended by any of the questions they asked me. I just thought they asked me questions to get to actually see how I am and see how the way I respond to it and just really testing me. I feel like I answered the questions in the correct way." The NFL has said it would investigate the questioning of Colorado tight end Nick Kasa, who told ESPN Radio Denver earlier this week he was asked, 'Do you have a girlfriend?' Are you married? Do you like girls?'"

Bell had acknowledged in an interview with WDFN The Fan earlier Thursday that he had gotten "questions just like that" at the NFL combine, and Michigan's Denard Robinson told The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday he was asked about girls as well. - Diamond Leung, Michigan Live

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Tale of the tape: With scouts having seen most of the top prospects "on the hoof" over the fall and getting a second look at them on the "catwalk" before senior all-star games, the official measuring of heights, weight, hand and arms conducted during the Combine is only occasionally newsworthy ... except when it comes to underclassmen, whom scouts often haven't seen up close yet. For completely opposite reasons, Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell and Rutgers' Jawan Jamison are fighting not only other backs but the scales next week.

The number that fans will point to with Bell is 138, as in the number of rushing yards he averaged per game last year. For scouts, however, the numbers to watch are 6-2, 237, his height and weight as listed at Michigan State. In today's NFL, big backs are rarely successful as anything more than an occasional short-yardage option. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - TOP 10: SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST BY EARLY DEPARTURES: 9. Michigan State: The Spartans had a disappointing season, especially on offense (No 108 in total offense), but the one aspect of the attack that did shine was Le'Veon Bell, who averaged 138 rushing yards per game. He left early, as did big TE Dion Sims (36 catches, 475 yards). Talented DE William Gholston also has exited MSU after making 50 tackles and 12 TFLs in 2012. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

01/03/2013 - Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Bell rushed for 1,793 yards on 382 carries this season, shouldering a heavy workload in his first year as the clear focal point of the Spartans' offense. He says this was the hardest decision of his life, but he couldn't pass up an opportunity to pursue his dream and potentially change his mother's life. Coach Mark Dantonio says although he felt there was ''both personal and program value'' in Bell returning to the Spartans, he acknowledges the tough choice his player needed to make. - AP Sports

01/03/2013 - Days after rumors indicated he was likely turning pro, Le'Veon Bell made it official Thursday. The Michigan State junior running back announced on his Twitter account that he was leaving school for the NFL. "As hard as it was to leave spartan nation, it was even harder to pass on such a great opportunity I have in front of me!" Bell wrote. "But I love and thank spartan nation for everything! I will always be a Spartan!"

Once an unheralded recruit, Bell emerged into a star for the Spartans. He had one of the best offensive seasons in school history, rushing for 1,793 yards (second-most in school history) and 12 touchdowns for the Spartans, who finished 7-6. He had three games with more than 200 yards rushing, including a career-best 266 in the regular-season finale against Minnesota. Bell was named the College Football Performance Awards national running back of the year and was a a first team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media. - Brian Calloway and Chris Solari, Lansing State Journal

01/03/2013 - Michigan State juniors Le'Veon Bell and Dion Sims are set to skip their senior seasons and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, according to multiple reports. Bell currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 11 running back, projecting as an early third-day pick. He led the Big Ten in rushing this past season with 1,793 yards (63 yards ahead of Montee Ball) on 382 carries (4.7 average) and 12 touchdowns. Bell also added 32 catches for 167 yards and a score.

Listed at 6-2 and 237 pounds, Bell is a powerfully-built runner who has the ability to break tackles with pad level, strength and quickness. He lacks ideal speed and gets himself in trouble when attempting to go east-west, but he has NFL potential as a complimentary back in the right offense. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/30/2012 - Senior Dan Conroy made a 47-yard field goal with 1:01 remaining and junior halfback LeVeon Bell rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown to lead Michigan State to a comeback 17-16 victory over TCU in the inaugural Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. TCU freshman Jaden Oberkrom had given the Horned Frogs a 16-14 lead on a 53-yard field goal with 2:42 remaining. But freshman reserve quarterback Connor Cook led the Spartans on a 45-yard drive in less than two minutes, completing two passes and benefiting from a defensive holding penalty in the secondary after a third-down incompletion.

Cook, who had completed five passes this season while playing in two games, was 4-for-7 for 47 yards. He also led the Spartans on their first scoring drive, a 90-yard march that ended with his 15-yard pass to Aaron Burbridge with 34 seconds left in the third quarter as the Spartans overcame a 13-0 halftime deficit.

Bell gave the Spartans a 14-13 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run with 7:00 remaining, two plays after TCU punt returner Skye Dawson muffed a punt deep in his own territory that Spartans' safety R.J. Williamson recovered on the 4-yard line.

Bell, the Big Ten's leading rusher with 1,638 yards, got better as the game wore on. After being held to 38 yards on 11 carries in the first half, he had 55 yards in the third quarter and had 52 more in the fourth as the bigger Spartans' offensive front wore down TCU. He was named the most valuable offensive player. - The Sports Xchange

12/29/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Le'Veon Bell led the Big Ten in rushing as he continued to climb up the ranks in Michigan State's record books. He is now seventh all-time in rushing yards and his 1,648 yards in 2012 are the second-best single-season mark in MSU history. He ran behind a banged-up offensive line for most of the season but still managed to eclipse the 200-yard mark three times. If he can keep the momentum rolling into the bowl game, it will take plenty of pressure off Maxwell. - The Sports Xchange

12/29/2012 - Michigan State is 8-14 in bowl games and has now qualified for its sixth straight bowl, a school record. Head coach Mark Dantonio has brought the Spartans to a bowl game in each of his six seasons and snapped a four-game skid last season with a 33-30 victory over Georgia in the Outback Bowl.

Scouting the Michigan State running game: Michigan State has Bell, the top rusher in the Big Ten this season, but overall it struggled to run the ball on a consistent basis. Bell went over the 200-yard mark three times this season, but injuries along the offensive line led to inconsistent production for the ground game overall. The front five finally found some stability late in the season and the numbers picked up, including a 278-yard performance to close the year in a win over Minnesota, and the Spartans hope to continue that momentum into the bowl game. - The Sports Xchange

12/29/2012 - Bell and the Spartans began practice on Dec. 8 and it's a game they likely would not have been able to play in without Bell. He rushed for 1,648 yards in 2012, the second-best single-season total in Michigan State history, and led the Big Ten in rushing with 137.3 yards a game. Bell was sixth in the FBS in rushing and first in carries with 350 and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. While there will be plenty of speculation over his future as Michigan State prepares to play TCU, he isn't tipping his hand at this point.

"First and foremost I just want to get to the game first and then just let the rest take care of itself," he said. "I'm not in any rush to make a decision or anything. I haven't really been thinking about it, I've been just trying to finish the season out and this award means everything in the world to me. It's a great award and I just got lucky enough to get chosen to win it."

Neither Gholston nor Sims has tipped his hand to this point, though Gholston snapped at reporters who asked him about his status following the Minnesota game. Most draft experts predict all three players would likely go in either the second or third round. - The Sports Xchange

12/29/2012 - As Michigan State prepares to face TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Dec. 29, it will have more than a game plan on its mind as it tries to finish above the .500 mark. In addition to attempting to jumpstart an offense that struggled all season, the Spartans will be contemplating what life might be like without several underclassmen, including running back Le'Veon Bell, tight end Dion Sims and defensive end William Gholston.

If Bell was unsure of where the Spartan faithful stood, he found out over the weekend at halftime of a basketball game as he was presented the trophy as the 2012 Elite Running Back of the Year by the College Football Performance Awards. Chants of "one more year" rained down on Bell as he stood at midcourt.

"It's so emotional," Bell said of the moment. "It's crazy how Spartan Nation really likes Le'Veon Bell. 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." - The Sports Xchange

12/27/2012 - Le'Veon Bell has become accustomed to wearing the bulls-eye on his jersey. Eight pounds lighter since the most recent time he took the field, Bell is hoping he can be a more elusive target in Saturday's 10:15 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. Michigan State (6-6) enters into the game knowing that it must run the ball effectively to beat TCU (7-5).

"I know teams will come in trying to stop the run, and I look at it that they're not going to do that,'' said Bell, who weighs 234 pounds, down from 242 in the regular-season finale at Minnesota. "I look at it every game as a challenge,'' he said. "I just say they can hit me at the line, and I'm going to fall forward for 3 yards, I'm going to grind it out and run hard.'' Bell finished the regular season leading the Big Ten with 1,648 yards rushing and a nation-high 824 yards after contact.

The Michigan State tailback has not, however, broke off a run longer than 40 yards. Bell said he feels good at his new playing weight. "I feel quicker, a lot faster, explosive,'' Bell said. "I lost a little bit of strength in the weight room, that threw me off a little bit. "But I feel good, and I'm glad I lost the weight.'' - Mike Griffith, Michigan Live

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Bell leads the nation in carries (350) while ranking third in rushing (137.3 ypg.) and 15th in all-purpose yards (155.5 ypg.). His 1,648 rushing yards (second) and 350 carries (fourth) rank among the Top 10 single-season totals in MSU history.

The Columbus, Ohio, native also is listed among the Big Ten leaders in rushing (first), all-purpose yards (second), rushing touchdowns (tied for sixth with 11) and total offense (10th with 137.3 ypg.).Bell has recorded seven 100-yard rushing games in 2012. A complete back, his 30 receptions (154 yards) are fifth on the team. He was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week three times this season (Aug. 31 vs. Boise State; Sept. 22 vs. Eastern Michigan; Nov. 24 vs. Minnesota).

According to STATS, Bell has gained 834 of his 1,648 rushing yards (51 percent) after contact and has broken 17 tackles this season. His 834 rushing yards after contact rank first among all NCAA FBS running backs. In addition, he has produced 77 first downs and 32 runs of 10 or more yards, including 12 gains of 20 or more yards. - Michigan State football

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Bell leads the nation in carries (350) while ranking third in rushing (137.3 ypg.) and 15th in all-purpose yards (155.5 ypg.).

His 1,648 rushing yards (second) and 350 carries (fourth) rank among the Top 10 single-season totals in MSU history. A Doak Walker Award semifinalist, Bell has produced the top single-game total in the NCAA FBS this season for carries (44 vs. Boise State) and eighth-most rushing yards (266 vs. Minnesota). He is one of just four running backs in the NCAA FBS in 2012 to record three 200-yard rushing games (Toledo's David Fluellen, Air Force's Cody Getz, Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews).

"Le'Veon Bell finished the regular season as the Big Ten's leading rusher," MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said. "He was a workhorse throughout the season and he finished strong (averaged 195.7 yards over the last three games). Le'Veon provided consistent production, and over the last three games, he really showed what he could do once he got to the second level of the defense." - Michigan State football

11/26/2012 - WEEK 13 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State, Jr., RB, Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison...Finished with a career-high 266 yards rushing, the sixth-highest single-game total in school history, and a touchdown to help Michigan State defeat Minnesota on Saturday...Recorded his third career 200-yard rushing day and third this season, having rushed for 210 yards against Boise State and 253 against Eastern Michigan...Cracked the Big Ten's top 10 single-season records in rushing attempts with 350 and all-purpose plays with 387 this season...Records his third Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week selection this season. - Big Ten football

11/24/2012 - Le'Veon Bell rumbled for a career-high 266 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to put the game away, leading Michigan State to a 26-10 victory over Minnesota on Saturday to secure a spot in a bowl game. Bell carried 35 times on a cold afternoon and Dan Conroy made four of his five field-goal attempts, three of them from 43 yards or longer, to help the Spartans (6-6, 3-5 Big Ten) wear down the Gophers (6-6, 2-6). Minnesota played the second half without coach Jerry Kill on the sideline. The team didn't immediately give a reason.

Aaron Hill's 33-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Minnesota a lead it kept for more than 18 minutes in the first half, but Jordan Wettstein's season-long 48-yard field goal was the only offensive score for the Gophers, who had a season-low 96 total yards -- and just 4 yards rushing. Philip Nelson threw three interceptions, two by Johnny Adams, and was replaced in the fourth quarter by Max Shortell, who was picked off too.

Despite the single-digit margin that lasted until 7:25 was left, when Bell patiently waited for an opening around left end and jogged across the goal line, this was downright domination for the Spartans considering how close all their games were this season. They lost five times in conference play by a total of 13 points, and their other two Big Ten wins were by seven points combined. - AP Sports

11/14/2012 - Le'Veon Bell smirked, not as if he knew the answer, but the question certainly didn't catch him off guard. While some focus is on Michigan State's senior class heading into Saturday's home finale against Northwestern, might Bell, a junior leading the Big Ten in rushing, also be playing in his final game at Spartan Stadium? "It possibly could be. The opportunity is there, but I haven't really thought about it," Bell said. "I just want to make sure to finish this season off right, and then see where I'm at." Bell sits atop the conference with 1,249 rushing yards with a league-high 283 carries through 10 games. He's topped 200 yards twice this season and has done his work behind an offensive line that's been hampered by injuries. "Coach D is always willing to work with players, he'll give you advice," Bell said. "He's always going to stay behind you 100 percent. I'm sure he'll support me and whatever decision I make. "I'm just making sure I keep my head level, worry about finishing the season." - Josh Slagter, Michigan Live

10/06/2012 - Andrew Maxwell passed for 290 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan State rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat Indiana 31-27 on Saturday. Aaron Burbridge caught eight passes for 134 yards and LeVeon Bell ran for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries for the Spartans (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten), who were coming off a 17-16 loss to No. 12 Ohio State. Cameron Coffman passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns and Shane Wynn had 12 catches for 70 yards for the Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2), who led 27-17 at the end of the third quarter. Indiana could have given second-year coach Kevin Wilson his first conference win, but the Hoosiers went three-and-out on critical back-to-back possessions in the fourth quarter. Michigan State, which gave up nearly 200 yards in the first quarter, held Indiana to 37 yards and two first downs in the second half. - AP Sports

09/24/2012 - WEEK 4 BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State, Jr., RB, Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison...Finished with a career-high 253 yards rushing, the sixth-highest single-game total in school history, and a touchdown to help Michigan State defeat Eastern Michigan on Saturday...Recorded his second career 200-yard rushing day and second this season, having rushed for 210 yards in a season-opening win against nationally ranked Boise State...Became the 16th player in Michigan State history to reach 2,000 career rushing yards, while his 26 total touchdowns is 15th on the school's all-time list...Records his second Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week selection this season. - Big Ten football

09/22/2012 - This was not the way No. 20 Michigan State wanted to look heading into the Big Ten season. The listless Spartans failed to score a touchdown until the fourth quarter of a 23-7 victory over winless Eastern Michigan on Saturday in Spartan Stadium. Tailback Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a late touchdown on 36 carries and Dan Conroy kicked three field goals to prevent an embarrassing loss. Andrew Maxwell's 10-yard pass to tight end Dion Sims with 7:19 remaining was the Spartans' first touchdown in eight quarters. Maxwell passed for 159 yards while completing 16 of 29 attempts. Bell, whose previous career best was 210 rushing yards in this season's opener against Boise State, tacked on a 1-yard scoring plunge with 2:05 remaining. Michigan State (3-1), which was limited to a field goal by Notre Dame in its previous outing, begins its conference schedule Saturday with a home game against unbeaten Ohio State. - The Sports Xchange

09/22/2012 - Le'Veon Bell rushed for a career-high 253 yards and a touchdown but No. 21 Michigan State didn't feel much like celebrating after the Spartans struggled to put away winless Eastern Michigan. Trailing for most of three quarters, Michigan State (3-1) beat the Eagles 23-7 on Saturday -- a less than satisfying tuneup for next week's Big Ten opener against Ohio State. It left coach Mark Dantonio repeating "Next question" at a contentious postgame news conference. "We need to be more consistent in what we're doing and execute better," he said. "And that's basically all around our football team. That's the message that was delivered at halftime." Dan Conroy kicked three field goals for the Spartans, who had failed to score a TD for more than seven quarters before Andrew Maxwell hit tight end Dion Sims on a 10-yard pass with 7:19 left. "What you've got to do to improve is catch the ball," Dantonio said after his receivers dropped six more passes, a lingering problem from last week's 20-3 loss to Notre Dame. "I mean throw and catch -- protect, throw and catch." Maxwell was 16-for-29 for 159 yards and wasn't sacked or intercepted. But Michigan State struggled mightily until he finally found Sims three times for 73 yards in the fourth quarter. "Everybody realized that the way we played in the first half wasn't going to cut it," Maxwell said. "We just looked at all of the opportunities we missed. We didn't feel like it was anything Eastern Michigan threw at us that we couldn't handle." - AP Sports

09/15/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Notre Dame at Michigan State, Sept. 15 -- Michigan State and Notre Dame have one of the most storied rivalries in all of college football and it has hardly disappointed in recent years. Nine of the past 12 meetings have been decided by one score or less and the last meeting at Spartan Stadium ended on the now famous "Little Giants" play when Michigan State won on a fake field goal in overtime. Last year's game lacked much of the excitement but each team has high expectations this season and is coming in with the idea that a victory here can be the springboard to an outstanding year. KEYS TO THE GAME: The Spartans will absolutely have to get another consistent performance out of Maxwell and the passing game. Bennie Fowler stepped up with eight catches last week at a wide receiver position that continues to be a revolving door. The offensive line must improve in protecting Maxwell and Le'Veon Bell will need to be effective running the ball against a solid defensive front of the Irish. Michigan State must continue to dominate on the defensive side of the ball, however, through two games, the Spartans have just one sack. They will need to put pressure first-year Notre Dame starter Everett Golson. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Le'Veon Bell likely took a dip in the Heisman race with 70 yards and two touchdowns last week, but that was simply because he was not needed. After 44 carries in the opener, the Spartans were glad to give him a break. But if the Michigan State offense is going to have any success, Bell must be able to get his yards against the Irish. It will be a tough task for him and the offensive line, but positive rushing yardage will only make things easier for Maxwell. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2012 - Five Prospects I'll Be Watching Saturday: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State: In what might be the most entertaining one on one battle of the weekend, Bell faces off against Notre Dame and their fierce inside linebacker Manti Te'o. Possessing a frame that has drawn comparisons to former Sparty star T.J. Duckett, Bell has demonstrated the same remarkably quick feet and lateral agility that led to the 6-0, 254 pound former earning Atlanta's first round pick in 2002. Bell has been fantastic this season in taking over as Michigan State's unquestioned bell-cow on offense, but regardless of his success, he'll have a tough time duplicating Duckett's draft status. The NFL game has changed greatly since 2002 as many teams are now looking for a committee of running backs with specific traits to exploit. Bell deserves more than being typecast as just a power back. He rumbled for 210 yards in a dominant week one showing against Boise State and scored another two touchdowns (giving him four so far) last week against Central Michigan. The Irish, and Te'o specifically, will present Bell's stiffest test yet. This game is scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm eastern and will be televised by ABC. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/11/2012 - RB Le'Veon Bell came away from the opener in the middle of the Heisman talk after a 210-yard performance against Boise State. After Saturday's game at Central, some of that hype might have cooled but Bell was no less effective. He only carried the ball 18 times for 70 yards, but he scored two more touchdowns. It was a one-sided game and the Spartans wanted to see other players run the ball, so it might hurt the individual numbers, but Bell comes away fresh and no less important for the Spartans. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2012 - The setting seemed a little strange but Michigan State's defense remained the same -- fast, nasty and stingy. Making the program's first appearance at Central Michigan, the 11th-ranked Spartans silenced the overmatched Chippewas 41-7 before a record crowd of 35,127 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell completed 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns while tailback Le'Veon Bell gained 70 yards and scored twice for the Spartans (2-0). Bell had 210 rushing yards in MSU's opener. Michigan State lost the shutout on CMU cornerback Jason Wilson's 55-yard interception return against backup quarterback Connor Cook with 1:39 remaining. Central Michigan quarterback Ryan Radcliff completed 17 of 38 passes for 173 yards but was picked off twice. The Chippewas (1-1), who had 324 rushing yards in their opener against Southeast Missouri State, were held to 72 yards on the ground. The Spartans also held Boise State without an offensive touchdown in their opener. Michigan State, which defeated the Chippewas 45-7 in East Lansing last season, scored twice in the final minute of the first half to take a 24-0 halftime lead. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2012 - It's hard to ignore the performance of running back Le'Veon Bell, who likely catapulted himself into the early Heisman picture with a 210-yard night on 44 carries that included two touchdowns and six catches for 55 yards. Odds are the Spartans won't want to work Bell that hard every week and expect Larry Caper and Nick Hill to get more touches at CMU, but it was still comforting having the 244-pounder recording a career night. "That is the most I have ever had in my collegiate career," Bell said. "It's a great accomplishment for me but I've still got things to work on and get better at." - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - After perhaps the most impressive offensive performance in the country during college football's opening week, Le'Veon Bell needed about a day to recover. ''I was sore, just like any other game I would be sore,'' Bell said Tuesday. ''My legs were a little tired but once I got that run in the next day my legs loosened up and I really got my body back. I felt great in practice today.'' Bell was a part-time running back his first two seasons at Michigan State, but he looks ready for a much bigger role in 2012. With the Spartans struggling through a 17-13 win over Boise State on Friday night, Bell ran for 210 yards on 44 carries and also added six receptions. At times, he seemed like Michigan State's entire offense. ''I think he's the same player he's been. He worked hard,'' coach Mark Dantonio said. ''He's always prepared well and played hard, going back to his freshman year. He's done this for a couple of years, and he's going into his third year. The opportunity presented itself more maybe Friday night and he took advantage of it.'' Bell was competing with Edwin Baker the last two seasons. As a freshman, he rushed for 605 yards. Last season, it was 948 yards and 13 touchdowns. When Baker decided to leave and pursue the NFL, Bell suddenly figured to become the focal point of the running game. Before Friday, his career high was 20 carries. Offensive coordinator Dan Roushar told him to be ready, and Bell was expecting about 20 to 25 touches. He ended up more than doubling that and scoring both Michigan State touchdowns. - AP Sports

09/04/2012 - BIG TEN: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING: Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State: Bell couldn't have performed much better Friday night against Boise State. The junior RB had 210 yards on 44 rushes and added six catches for 55 yards. He scored the Spartans' only two touchdowns as they defeated Boise State 17-13. Maybe more impressive than his raw numbers were the crushing blocks he leveled on unsuspecting Boise linemen. The 6-2, 240-pound back can pack a punch, which NFL general managers will love in a halfback. Furthermore, a 240-pound back shouldn't be able to hurdle defenders like Bell did in one of the signature plays of the weekend. You can see him next: Saturday at Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU). - Mike Singer, CBSSports.com

09/04/2012 - Without three-year starter and team captain Kirk Cousins, Michigan State expected a strong running attack would be vital in its success. With a first-year starter at quarterback and fresh crop of inexperienced receivers, the running of junior Le'Veon Bell was likely to play a big role. After a 17-13 victory over Boise State on Friday, it appears that is the plan - and then some. Bell ran for a career-high 210 yards and carried the ball 44 times, another career high, as he carried the Spartans to a come-from-behind victory. Bell added six catches for 55 yards. But for now, the Spartans aren't worried about overusing Bell. "Well, until he gets a flat, I guess," coach Mark Dantonio said when asked how long he could ride Bell. "I don't know. We wanted to get Nick Hill involved and Larry Caper involved as well. We're trying to win a beat football team and give ourselves the best opportunity. He was hot. I've said many times here we're going to ride the hot back. It doesn't mean he's hot every game. If Larry or Nick are hot, they'll be the ones running the ball more often. So we're going to ride the hot back. We've always done that here." Bell's play in the opener has vaulted his name into the early Heisman Trophy talk. He had 84 yards after contact. It's music to the ears of his teammates. "He's an animal," wide receiver Bennie Fowler said. "It's going to be hard to stop that guy. He's gonna open up a lot in the passing game for us, he's a great player. I love playing with him and he takes a load off the offense." Odds are this week at Central Michigan that Michigan State will spend plenty of time trying to work out the kinks with new starting quarterback Andrew Maxwell and the passing game that produced three interceptions against Boise. But rest assured, Bell will get his share of work. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 BIG TEN CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State, Jr., RB, Columbus, Ohio/Groveport Madison...Recorded career-highs with 210 rushing yards and 44 carries, scoring two touchdowns to help Michigan State defeat nationally ranked Boise State on Friday night... Amassed a career-best 265 all-purpose yards, more than Boise State's total offensive yards (206) for the game... Scored the Spartans' only touchdowns of the game, including the game-winner midway through the fourth quarter... Records his first Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week selection and third overall honor, having earned two Freshman of the Week awards during the 2010 season. - Big Ten football

08/31/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The attention will certainly be on Andrew Maxwell and the inexperienced passing game, but it will likely be the running game and the offensive line that will tell the tale. Expect the Spartans to give plenty of carries to junior Le'Veon Bell while also working in senior Larry Caper and sophomore Nick Hill. MSU was 11th in the Big Ten in rushing last season, but that should change right out of the gate. - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2012 - Le'Veon Bell ran for a career-high 210 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 8:12 remaining in No. 13 Michigan State's 17-13 victory over No. 24 Boise State on Friday night. In a sloppy season opener, the Spartans turned the ball over four times and trailed 13-10 before Bell scored from 5 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. The Broncos drove to the Michigan State 42, but Joe Southwick's pass on fourth-and-2 was broken up. Bell and the Spartans (1-0) then ran off the final 6:32. Boise State (0-1) was sluggish in its first game after losing standouts Kellen Moore and Doug Martin from last season's explosive offense. The Broncos' only touchdown came on Jeremy Ioane's 43-yard interception return in the second quarter. - AP Sports

08/31/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Boise State at Michigan State, Aug. 31 -- Opening against a highly ranked opponent is nothing new to the Broncos, who have won their first game the last three straight seasons, all against ranked foes. This will be a bit tougher considering the Broncos had six players drafted in the spring and are replacing the all-time winningest quarterback in NCAA history. Michigan State is also starting a new quarterback but boasts one of the best defenses in the country that lost only two starters. KEYS TO THE GAME: How quickly Andrew Maxwell adapts to the pressure of being the starting quarterback will be important, but it will be lessened if the Spartans can run the ball effectively. They struggled at times last season, but four starters return on the offensive line and junior Le'Veon Bell is a big back with elusive moves that is primed for a big season. Add in the fact that Boise State is replacing all four starters on the defensive line and it could mean a big night on the ground for Michigan State. - The Sports Xchange

08/05/2012 - Top-five Michigan State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. RB Le'Veon Bell...With former Penn State back Silas Redd now at Southern Cal, the distinction of top underclassman running back in the Big Ten is wide open, but the favorite is Bell. He has shared the bulk of the backfield duties each of his first two seasons, recording only one career game with at least 20 carries, but should see more of a workload as a junior in 2012. Bell flew under the recruiting radar out of Ohio, receiving only one scholarship offer from a BCS program (Michigan State). He saw immediate action, leading the team in rushing in the 2010 season opener, but finished his freshman season No. 2 on the team in rushing with 605 yards and eight scores. Bell came off the bench again as a sophomore last season, but started the final six games and finished with a team-best 948 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, adding 35 catches for 267 receiving yards. With Edwin Baker leaving Michigan State early for the NFL, Bell is expected to be the starter again in 2012, but needs to be more productive after only two 100+ rushing yard performances last season. Listed at 6-2 and 245-pounds, he has an intriguing blend of size, power and speed, showing the ability to run away from defenders or also run over them. Bell, who is also a reliable receiving target, carries his weight well and has the footwork to make would-be tacklers miss, but also isn't afraid to lower his pads and deliver some blows, keeping his legs churning through contact. He needs to be more productive and show more consistent vision between the tackles, but he has intriguing tools and could move up draft boards with a big 2012 season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Le'Veon Bell (Jr.), Michigan State, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. - Doak Walker Award

07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State, RB, Jr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. - The Maxwell Football Club

05/29/2012 - Michigan State junior Le'Veon Bell is about as complete a running back as one can find in college football. Sometimes he uses a spin move to get more yards. Sometimes he uses a stiff-arm. Sometimes he just drops his shoulder and grinds out the tough yards. "I kind of look at Le'Veon Bell as a unique type of back," offensive coordinator Dan Roushar said. Coach Mark Dantonio recently told a Columbus (Ohio) radio station that Bell reminded him of a young Keith Byars. The former Ohio State running back was a Heisman Trophy runner-up who went on to have a long NFL career. The 6-foot-2 Bell is up to about 243 pounds, according to Roushar, and continues to get stronger. "I believe he continues to get faster," Roushar said. "He's got exceptional ball skills and he's got a tremendous football IQ. He really understands the game. To split him out or burst him out of the backfield and run a comeback at a depth of 16 yards, to have him run down the middle of the field in some of our vertical passing games from an inside position - and not only do it but have the ball thrown and completed, tells you about his versatility." Bell led the Spartans last season with 182 carries for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 35 catches for 267 yards. "We think we can run the ball inside, we think we can run the ball outside, and he's certainly a guy we can involve in our passing game," Roushar said. "He's very multidimensional." - George Sipple, The Detroit Free Press

05/29/2012 - Michigan State junior Le'Veon Bell is about as complete a running back as one can find in college football. Sometimes he uses a spin move to get more yards. Sometimes he uses a stiff-arm. Sometimes he just drops his shoulder and grinds out the tough yards. "I kind of look at Le'Veon Bell as a unique type of back," offensive coordinator Dan Roushar said. Coach Mark Dantonio recently told a Columbus (Ohio) radio station that Bell reminded him of a young Keith Byars. The former Ohio State running back was a Heisman Trophy runner-up who went on to have a long NFL career. The 6-foot-2 Bell is up to about 243 pounds, according to Roushar, and continues to get stronger. "I believe he continues to get faster," Roushar said. "He's got exceptional ball skills and he's got a tremendous football IQ. He really understands the game. To split him out or burst him out of the backfield and run a comeback at a depth of 16 yards, to have him run down the middle of the field in some of our vertical passing games from an inside position - and not only do it but have the ball thrown and completed, tells you about his versatility." Bell led the Spartans last season with 182 carries for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also had 35 catches for 267 yards. "We think we can run the ball inside, we think we can run the ball outside, and he's certainly a guy we can involve in our passing game," Roushar said. "He's very multidimensional." - George Sipple, The Detroit Free Press

05/15/2012 - TWELVE PLAYERS WHOSE NUMBERS COULD EXPLODE IN 2012: Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State - Rushing duos don't always last. With rare exceptions, one of the backs is always better than the other. We saw last year how Montee Ball separated himself from James White. Eric Dickerson pretty much left Craig James in the dust. And last year, Le'Veon Bell showed he was superior to Edwin Baker. Bell rushed for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns in his sophomore season, while Baker (coming off a 1,200-yard campaign in '10) fell to 665 yards and a 3.9 average. Bell was very consistent throughout the season, averaging 13 carries per game, but I expect that number to jump to 20 per game in '12 as the Spartans rely on the running game more with the loss of quarterback Kirk Cousins to graduation. The 6-2, 237-pound Bell should become the workhorse of the Spartan offense. His yards per carry average may drop a bit, but he'll probably rush for at least 1,300 yards, if not more. - Heismanpundit.com

 
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03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: Le'Veon Bell, RB (6-foot-1 3/4, 229 pounds) - Bell stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. He looked great in the positional workout, catching the ball very well out of the backfield. This is a player who could be picked up at the top of the second round (NFL.com's Bucky Brooks has gone as far as to say that Bell is the best running back in the 2013 NFL Draft). For those old enough to remember former New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers running back Chuck Muncie, Bell's playing style is reminiscent of him. Bell has gotten his weight down around 20 to 25 pounds. Former Houston Oilers and Michigan State running back Lorenzo White has been instrumental in working with Bell and making sure he keeps his weight down.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were well-represented at Michigan State's pro day, with head coach Mike Tomlin, running backs coach Kirby Wilson, tight ends coach James Daniel, as well as general manager Kevin Colbert in attendance. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes were in attendance. Denver Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville and Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts were also there. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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