Le’Veon Bell put on an incredible show in the opening week of the season, carrying Michigan State on his back. Now it’s time to see what he can do for an encore.
Following a workhorse performance, Bell and the 11th-ranked Spartans look to keep the production up as they make the short trip to face Central Michigan on Saturday.
After splitting time at running back the past two seasons, Bell exploded in his first game as the main guy, carrying 44 times – for 210 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Spartans past then-No. 24 Boise State 17-13 last Friday. He added another 55 yards receiving, and his 265 all-purpose yards were the 10th most in program history.
Bell rushed for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, but his previous career high was 20 carries.
“I think he’s the same player he’s been. He worked hard,” Spartans 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.”