Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Is Le'Veon Bell an All-American?
His value to the Spartans is obviously high.
But, just where does
sit amongst running backs in the national picture?
Early in the season,
was being mentioned as an All-American candidate.
Phil Steele actually listed him as a midseason First Team All-American.
But, of any players with over 1,000 yards rushing this season,
has the second-most carries (283) and is last in yards per carry (4.4).
I would credit his low yards per carry to the injuries to the offensive line for
State Bell doesn’t seem to get much help in terms
of big running lanes being opened for him.
A lot is being asked of
Bell. In each game that he has rushed for over
100 yards this season, it has taken a minimum of 29 carries to do it.
His top two rushing performances were in the first four games of the season.
His pass catching production has dropped significantly.
Bell has just nine
receptions for 20 yards over his last five games. He had 20 catches for 133
yards in the first five games of the season.
Again, it’s hard to criticize
Bell too much because he has taken on a giant
work load already this season.
He is a talented back and a big contributor for the Spartans, but I don’t feel he is at the All-American level.
elects to return for a senior season, he will be an All-American candidate, but
he will need to lead the Spartans to better than a .500 record.