Preseason All-Big Ten third-team selection by Phil Steele, Lindy's and Athlon Sports . . . rated among the top running backs in the Big Ten by BTN.com's Tom Deinhart (No. 3) and ESPN.com (No. 5) . . . ranked as the Big Ten's "Toughest to Bring Down" by Lindy's . . . two-year letterwinner has rushed for 1,553 yards and 21 touchdowns in 27 career games . . . ranks tied for 13th in MSU history in rushing TDs (21) and 14th in rushing average (5.37) . . . has four career 100-yard rushing games . . . talented all-around back has 46 career receptions for 364 yards (7.9 avg.).
Ranks first in the Big Ten and third in the FBS in rushing (137.3 ypg.) . . . has totaled 1,648 yards rushing (sixth in the FBS), which ranks second in MSU single-season history . . . ranks first in the FBS in carries (350), which also ranks fourth most in a MSU season and eighth in the Big Ten record book . . . 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) . . . is just the second Spartan to record three 200-yard rushing games in a season (Lorenzo White: school-record four times in 1985) . . . has seven 100-yard rushing games, tied for second in an MSU single-season . . . ranks second in the Big Ten and 16th in the FBS in all-purpose yards (155.5 ypg.) . . . is just the 13th Spartan to record a 1,000-yard rushing season . . . also ranks among the Big Ten leaders in rushing touchdowns (tied for seventh with 11) and total offense (10th at 137.3 ypg.) .
Owns the top single-game total in the FBS this season in carries (44 vs. Boise State) and ranks eighth in rushing yards (266 vs. Minnesota) . . . according to STATS, Bell has gained 834 of his 1,648 rushing yards (51 percent) after contact, which ranks first among all NCAA FBS running backs . . . has produced 77 first downs and 32 runs of 10 or more yards, including 12 gains of 20 or more yards . . . ranks fifth on the team with 30 receptions for 154 yards (5.1 avg.) . . . 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 this season - 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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