Bell named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

Michigan State junior running back Le’Veon Bell was named the Big Ten Offensive player of the Week on Monday.

Bell, who earned the weekly honor for the second time this season, ran for a career-best 253 yards and a touchdown in the Spartans’ 23-7 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The 253 yards is the sixth-best single-game total in school history.

Bell also earned the honor after Week 1 when he rushed for a then career-high 210 yards against Boise State.

Here is the complete release with all the Big Ten players of the week.

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
• Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Le’Veon Bell (Sept. 3, 2012)

Defensive Player of the Week
Chris Borland, Wisconsin
Jr., LB, Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter
• Finished with 12 tackles, including 3.5 stops for loss and a career-best two sacks, to pace the Badger defense in a victory over UTEP on Saturday
• Notches the 10th double-digit tackling effort of his career and first this season, while also posting two pass breakups
• Part of a Badger defense that held UTEP to 77 rushing yards on 33 attempts and only 5-for-18 on third-downs
• Records his fourth career Defensive Player of the Week honor, tied for second-most in conference history
• Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Borland (Nov. 21, 2011)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska
So., PR, Homewood, Ala./Homewood
• Returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in Nebraska’s victory over Idaho State on Saturday
• Marked Nebraska’s first punt return touchdown since October 2010
• Also added 49 rushing yards and finished the day with 129 all-purpose yards
• Earns his second Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week award
• Last Nebraska Special Teams Player of the Week: Brett Maher (Nov. 14, 2011)

Freshman of the Week
Imani Cross, Nebraska
RB, Gainesville, Ga./North Hall
• Rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in Nebraska’s victory over Idaho State on Saturday
• Scored on a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter
• Recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game, helping the Huskers to 385 yards on the ground
• Wins his first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Ameer Abdullah (Sept. 12, 2011)

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21 Responses to Bell named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

  1. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    He truly earned it. The big dog really ate. Had a huge day.

  2. avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

    Congrats Le’Veon Bell!!

    I’m surprised that stat stuffer Denard Robinson didn’t get player of the week….4 INT’s is VERY impressive!! :)

  3. avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

    Just read through Dantonio’s presser and was very impressed….it felt like how Izzo motivates his players through the press every once in a while!!

    Might just be what some of these guys needed to clear their heads….just get out there and play!!

    Pretty simple, really…..protect, throw, catch!!

    Next Question!!

    • avatar MSUDersh says:

      Agreed, when I first heard about the press conference, I thought the same thing – shades of Izzo.

    • avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

      It’s got to be tough up there protecting 20yr old kids and their psyches at the same time trying to be accountable to the media/fans. I mean what can you really say about dropped passes, lack of passion to play, and lack of execution.

    • avatar Ben Green says:

      I just think Dant0nio was PO’ed. Nothing more, nothing less.

  4. avatar mysondave says:

    Bell has been one of the few truly bright spots on this year’s team. OK. The defense has been very solid and Sims is finally making a statement. Can we beat OSU? If Maxwell continues to improve and our defense pressures Miller we will be in the game. If our receivers hang on to the ball with no drops…we win. Go Green. P.S. IMHO as much as I like and respect Dantonio I don’t think he did himself and favors by acting like a poor sport (winner!!) in his press interview.

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      He wasn’t acting like a poor sport, he was pissed off his receivers kept dropping the damn ball !

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Dantonio had good reason to be upset,

        Congrats to Bell , Heismann like numbers.

      • avatar LeeBee says:

        I was at the game. Near the end; I believe, of the second quarter when we had a pathetic 3 and out, I am sure the entire team and staff heard the boos from the crowd. Trailing at half time coach D realized this was not an easy game where we could practice our passing game. The third quarter is when the running game came out in full force

      • avatar Ben Green says:

        Yep, he was just PO’ed. An understandably unhappy coach.

    • avatar Lancelot_Spartan says:

      If Maxwell continues to improve??? If our receivers hang on to the ball??? I like your optimisim, but I think asking those two things is quite alot right now. I know Maxwell would be alot better if his recievers could hang onto the ball, but he did miss on a few throws vs Eastern that should have been easy completions.

  5. avatar MSUDersh says:

    I put this up over at Graham’s blog http://db.lsj.com/blogswp/couchonfire/getting-a-read-on-the-real-msu/ , but wanted all of the SS faithful to see it too:

    This is going to be long, but the point is: At least the D is still fantastic.

    Per http://www.cfbstats.com (great site, btw), MSU is 17th overall in total points against (although 6th for total points against for teams with 4 games; 3 of the 16 in front of us have only played twice), and 11th in points per game allowed. Plus, at least three of the teams ahead of us in the ppg rankings have played at least one FCS school this season. 47 total points, 11.8/game.

    But then, break down a little further where the points came from: of the 47, 14 was directly from the offense, and up to 16 more indirectly from them.

    If you take away the pair of pick-6′s & their PATs, now MSU is averaging 8.25 points against/game, which is 3 in the country behind TCU (which has played only 3 games, including an FCS squad) and ‘Bama, which is a pro team. If you also take away EMU’s TD, which was on the first play for ND after Fowler’s TO, and now we’re at 6.5 ppg. It’s incredibly impressive that our D is surrending less than a TD per game. Our D has literally given up 26 points – two 51 yard TD drives to ND, two FGs to ND (one of which was on a 3 yard “drive”), and two FGs to Boise (and again, both of those FG drives started in FG territory, so more fault to the offense than the D).

    Another way to look at it: Only 3 drives, and all were vs. ND, have gone for at least 50 yards + points for the other team (BSU had a 60 yard drive end in a pick). And of those three ND drives, two were for literally 51 yards, and both featured one big play to get the majority of the yards – the hail mary bomb TD (luck), and a huge run around end by George Atkinson, who is probably the fastest RB in D1 this season.

    MSU is 6th in the country in total D at 233.5 ypg (and of the 5 ahead of us, one has played only 3 games, including an FCS school, and Florida State has actually played two FCS schools – take out those two games, and MSU is ahead of them).

    MSU may only be 50th in interceptions, but is 10th in total passes defended (picks + breakups, a lot of those happened at the LOS, btw). MSU is 9th in average time of possession per game, and is within 30 seconds per game (less than 1% of a game) from 6th. ToP is as much about getting the D off the field, as it is the offense staying on it.

    Minor edit, it turns out CMU also had two 50 + yard drives that didn’t end in points. So they moved the ball a little, albeit once against our backup D, but couldn’t score

    • avatar Ben Green says:

      Yes, the D is very good. The D needs some support on the O side from the passing game to provide diversity, help with TOP, and put a few points on the board.

  6. avatar MSUFanInSLC says:

    Anyone else wonder if maybe the revolving door at receiver created some consistency issues. Maybe put too much pressure on the players to make big plays instead of just doing the small things?

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