No Stars For Spartans

Spartan Digest
Posted Dec 23, 2011


Just like they came out of high school, many of the players taking the field against Georgia in the Outback Bowl came to East Lansing as under the radar prospects. Le’Veon Bell is the best example of the Spartans coaching staff ability when it comes to evaluating talent.

In only his second year at Michigan State, former two-star running back prospect LeVeon Bell prepares for his second bowl game.

With a team full of undervalued players, Bell knows teams win games not just a player or two.

“You have to give credit to Coach D,” said Bell about the Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio. “He was evaluating us in high school, understanding what we could bring to this team. We don’t really have one guy, we have a stable of guys, three stars (in the backfield) that all help each other out. We all compliment each other well offensively and make our offense a lot better offense than most teams. Coach D just does a great job evaluating us.”

One thing Bell and his other teammates want to do is help the seniors leave on a high note with a bowl victory.

“It will mean everything in the world to me,” said Bell. “They’re the winningest class here. They had a great season this year and took us to the first-ever Big Ten Championship game. We have to send them out with a win.”

That win will not be an easy feat as the Spartans prepare to face another top SEC program in Georgia in the Outback Bowl.

“They’re going to be a very good team,” said Bell. “Just like they’re saying the same thing about us; we’re going to be a very good team. It’s going to be a very good game. Both of us lost our last game so we both want to go out there and get this win.”

While Bell has seen his workload increase during the final stretch of the season, he known’s Edwin Baker is much needed for the Spartans offense to find success.

“He gives them a little change of pace,” said Bell of Baker. “You really can’t prepare for that because you’re not going to see something like that in practice, Edwin’s speed and my size. He definitely helps me out. I wouldn’t ask for 25 carries, I don’t need it; I just want to go out there and do whatever I can to win a game.”



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