First and foremost, I hope that everyone is having a good Labor Day.
Secondly, Graham Couch has joined the LSJ team covering MSU and you can read his first piece in tomorrow’s paper. Please welcome him aboard.
Here is some MSU info and it centers around Friday’s star Le’Veon Bell (by the way, how was he a two-star recruit?).
Bell was mentioned by some in the preseason as a darkhorse candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
He solidified that talk with his dominant performance against Boise State in the opener, and possibly could be the best candidate for the award in the Big Ten. Denard Robinson’s case after Michigan’s performance against Alabama has derailed that talk for him.
Sports Illustrated’s Cory McCartney mentions Bell and Taylor Martinez soaring in the watch for the award after their performances. CBSSports.com also has mentioned Bell in its early season talk in their Big Ten notebook.
Speaking of both Bell and Martinez, they share Big Ten offensive player of the week honors after their dominant performances.
Here is the info from the Big Ten release recapping their performances.
Offensive Co-Players 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
• Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Kirk Cousins (Oct. 24, 2011)
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Jr., QB, Corona, Calif./Centennial
• Threw for a career-high 354 yards and tied a career best with five touchdown strikes to lead the Huskers to an opening-day victory over Southern Miss
• Completed 26 of 34 passes (76.5 percent) and became the sixth Nebraska quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 career yards
• Guided Nebraska to 632 yards of total offense, the most in fifth-year coach Bo Pelini’s tenure
• Wins his second career Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award
• Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Taylor Martinez (Oct. 10, 2011)
In other Big Ten news, this is bad news for the secondary for Michigan with corner Blake Countess out for the season.