Le’Veon Bell leads MSU’s all-conference selections

Junior running back Le’Veon Bell highlighted the All-Big Ten selections for the Michigan State football team, being selected to the first team by both the media and coaches Monday.

Bell ranks third nationally and first in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game at 137.3. His 350 carries led the nation. Bell has gained 834 of his 1,648 rushing yards after contact and has broken 17 tackles this season according to STATS.

“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.”

A total of seven starters on MSU’s defense that finished ranked first in the conference and fourth nationally in total defense earned All-Big Ten recognition.

MSU senior cornerback Johnny Adams, junior middle linebacker Max Bullough, junior corner Darqueze Dennard and sophomore punter Mike Sadler were each named First Team All-Big Ten by the coaches.

No other MSU players besides Bell were selected First Team All-Big Ten by the media. Junior tight end Dion Sims, junior defensive end William Gholston, Adams, Bullough, Dennard and Sadler were each selected Second Team All-Big Ten by the media.

Junior linebacker Denicos Allen, junior safety Isaiah Lewis, senior right guard Chris McDonald and sophomore defensive end Marcus Rush were each selected honorable mention selections by both the coaches and media. Gholston was named honorable mention by the coaches.

Sophomore receiver Keith Mumphery was MSU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.

The complete Big Ten teams are listed here – http://btn.com/2012/11/26/your-2012-all-big-ten-conference-football-team/

Here’s looking at the Big Ten major award winners.

Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Named for Purdue’s Bob Griese and Drew Brees

Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year: Allen Robinson, Penn State
Named for Wisconsin’s Pat Richter and Michigan’s Desmond Howard

Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Named for Wisconsin’s Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne

Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin
Named for Penn State’s Ted Kwalick and Iowa’s Dallas Clark

Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Named for Nebraska’s Dave Rimington and Ohio State’s Orlando Pace

Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: John Simon, Ohio State
Named for Michigan State’s Bubba Smith and Penn State’s Courtney Brown

Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Michael Mauti, Penn State
Named for Illinois’ Dick Butkus and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald

Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Micah Hyde, Iowa
Named for Ohio State’s Jack Tatum and Purdue’s Rod Woodson

Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Brett Maher, Nebraska, and Jeff Budzien, Northwestern
Named for Wisconsin’s Jim Bakken and Michigan State’s Morten Andersen

Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Will Hagerup, Michigan
Named for Illinois’ Dike Eddleman and Michigan State’s Brandon Fields

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15 Responses to Le’Veon Bell leads MSU’s all-conference selections

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Glad for Denard thought he would make it, Adams as well that’s a defense to be proud of

  2. avatar MayoSpartan says:

    Congrates to LeVeaon, he earned it and more! First in the conference and third in the nation does not come close to reflecting Bell’s production. If only we won more games …. IMO LeVeon would have been a Doak Walker finalist, perhaps a Hiesman candidate.

    The Coaches selections have merit. As for the media’s selections, they are a joke – bias, partial and self serving are the only a thoughts that come to mind based on the media’s selections BT punter, RB, LB and OL.

    How Max Bullough is left of 1st team is criminal. The leading tackler on the nations leading defense, a defense who stuffed Wiscy, UM and OSU, and ranked 1st in the conference and 5th nationally is beyond comprehension.

    Punting is all about gaining field position in the clutch and Sadler’s 28 punts inside the 20 compared to 3 for the BT POY’s selection by the media is hard to rationalize. The winner kicked it 2 yards furthe, but did not force the opposition to start inside their 20 more times is all the evidence one needs to question the meida’s criterion for selecting a punter.

    As for the top O-lineman, simply proves the media are susceptible to their own diatribe. UofM makes LT a spokesperson, the coaches talk him up and the admin create PR puff pieces and talking points to fill content. Gannett and EPSN bloggers bite, print it and it goes from there. The winning LT was considered the dirtiest player in the conference by his peers in 2011. Funny, one of the last replays I remember of the UofM Vs O$U game is number 77 pushing the face mask of the O$U lineman back so hard his head snapped back in slow motion. He did that, held and punched Gholston 38 times in 2011 and it’s over looked.

    Like the rankings, it’s all perception. Not reality.

  3. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Any time the media (as a group) is involved the outcome is susceptible. They’re the reason that people like Paris Hilton and Rumor Willis are famous for being famous. The Hyde kid at Iowa is a great role model, too, Mayo. The media is always biased towards teams with better records. Example how is the RB who led the conference and 5th in the nation not a 1st team performer? Buy ‘em a dinner, buy their vote. Simple

  4. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    What a joke, Cracker doing a basketball preview. A) last time I checked MAC teams (except Ohio last year) very seldom get out of the 1st round B) WMU has never been to the Dance C) Coach Izzo won’t even talk to him after his shenanigans and lies.

  5. avatar GoSt8Go says:

    Congratulations to Bell and the rest of the MSU selections.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      I will support Bell in whatever decision he makes this offseason , he has done his job and this year under tough circumstances. Hope he comes back but wish him well if he thinks that he is ready for the next step.

  6. avatar MGoBlow says:

    Cracker won’t let me post on his blog – I am posting it here:
    MGoBlow says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    November 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm
    The MSU fanbase knows U r a Walmart & r being paid under the table by Marky Mark @ BTN. Over the holidays – maybe U should think about moving on & what your next career move is going to be – maybe to BTN? I’m sure Silverswine would love another Walmart on the payroll.

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