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Lorenzo White holds MSU's career rushing record at 4,887 yards - today's amazing effort put Leveon at 1648 for the season, leaving him 1,684 behind Lo White. Counting the bowl game, he could be only 1500-1600 behind, a clearly attainable goal. Anyone think this would matter to him? Might this factor into his decision? Maybe he could crack that top 5 single game performances too (today was 6th best all time behind Eric 'The Flea' Allen (his legendary 350 yard game vs. Purdue in 1971 will never be surpassed), Lo White (292), Lo White (286), Javon (282), and Clinton Jones (268).
Not sure why, but I feel like he'll be back. It would be pretty special to have him build on this year and become the greatest in MSU history.
Congrats to LeVeon, what ever choice he makes. Great game and great year, 1600 yds is amazing.
Given the amount MSU is demanding out of his body, if he thinks he's ready for the NFL and an NFL team would pay him millions of dollars and play him, the only rational thing to do is to go. The odds of a career-ending injury are just too high.
This post was edited by Wigrich 17 months ago
First you can take out insurance and NFL scouts had hm in the 2nd or 3rd round because he lacks home run speed. He really struggled to pick up the blitz on passing downs
He come back, keep his power, knock 2/10's off his forty and be a first rounder next year. Plus do you want to go out 6-6?
Look at Sedric Irvin--wanted to leave early and did---but couldn't bounce stuff outside in the NFL like he did in college.
Oh, I know people jump to the pros too early and crash and burn.
How many millions of dollars of insurance would you suggest he take out? How would a college student pay the premiums?
What's crazy about Bell and those stats is the fact that despite running behind a poor offensive line this year he was able to accumulate that many yards, and yet, he's still only the 10th best projected RB in the draft according to Mel "The Helmet Hair" Kiper. I understand and agree with the knock against Bell's lack of break away speed, but every team needs a great short yardage back that can run people over but is also capable of receiving flat passes. Hell, Brandon Jacobs and Jerome Bettis made careers of doing just those things.
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the closer he gets to that goal, the farther he gets from realizing his dream of playing in the NFL.
the smart business decision for him is to go pro...just get through this last game and go pro...and work his ass off to do well in the combines.
people who want him to come back are like people who want the prof to show up on finals day and say, "there will be no final. each of you will get a .5 bump up to your gpa for this class."
This post was edited by tVargMan Prime 17 months ago
that draft projection isn't scientific...he'll be in a position to show himself off at the combines.
They are allowed to finance their premium against future earnings.
Bell is the not the home run hitter type back. To continue the baseball metaphor, some of the home run hitter backs aren't going to hit for a very high average. Bell would be like the .300 hitter who might not get a lot of homers but would get a lot of extra base hits. He's not just a singles hitter. I can see him being an excellent pro back.
Technically the odds are very low, similar to getting seriously injured in a car accident, but don't let facts get in the way.
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Lol Bell misses 2 blocks all year and now he can't pass block at all?
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I too think he will stay, but can't argue him leaving either.
Reasons he may stay - No feature back in the wings, means he will get the rock. I think that is why Baker left last year, knowing he and Bell would split at best. Baker's early departure may also help even though Baker didn't have a year like Bell did. Lesser reasons - college degree (seems to big on his list), going out on top (P4RB), best RB at MSU, dare I say Heisman hopeful?
Reasons he may go - Currently projected as the 2nd best RB, probably 2nd round pick, Money Money Money, Risk of injury next season
Love the dillusion. Let's rationalize high risk, marginal return.
Good luck in the NFL next year, Leveon. I'm no Mel Kiper, but I think you're going to be drafted and will make a good living. I look forward to seeing your hurdle highlights over and over and over on draft day.
Whether he comes back or not, he will never be a back in the NFL. Sure, he might sign on, maybe be on a roster for a year, maybe two, but then he'll be gone.
Don't get me wrong, I like the guy, glad he is a spartan, but if you take off the green glasses and stop snorting the green kool-aid, the reality is, he is not a elite back.
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The kid should not come back. Way to much chance to get injured as a RB and i really don't see what he would gain with another season at MSU.
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He gone. I'd be thrilled if he returns, but I'm not banking on it at this point. A career rushing yards mark is not enough to keep him around imo. Not at the risk of injury. I think someone takes a chance on him in the second or third round of the draft. You don't find that combination of power and athleticism very often and he answered all the critics who said he couldn't be an every down back. He's got nothing left to prove to scouts.
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I would question his choice to come back....unless he is projected to drop to 4th or 5th round. The NFL is a 2 back league and teams will love his combo of power, agility, pass catching and blocking.
I respect how much you know about hockey but I very much disagree with you on this. He will play in the league and play well
I agree with all of this until the last 5 words.
I AM KIND, SMART, POWERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, TERRIFIC, AND TREMENDOUS
We'll know in a few years.
Let me ask you, what qualities does Bell have that make you think he will be a contributor at the next level?
Well, he is ranked the 10th back according to an above poster, in the draft this year. How many underclassman in college could be considered better than Bell. To be honest, I don't know, but lets say........5 or so. So, in college right now, he would be considered top 15 AT BEST. So, he might be considered elite in college, but no way is he an elite NFL back prospect. So, that is what my elite comment was based on.
Ability to see holes, ability to juke defenders, and the fact that he is 240+ and crushes defenders. How many times has Bell gone down from one tackler?
I thought he was ready for the league last year.
This post was edited by SpartanElement 17 months ago
Can't fault RBs for going early, especially when the shelf life for their career is so short.
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Probably like everyone else, I just don't see him coming back. Selfishly we all want him back but right now that just doesn't seem likely. The only thing I hope he considers is Edwin Baker's decision. Baker made the best "personal" decision and look that happened? Nothing.
I sometimes wonder if Bell should have left after last year and Baker stayed.
Bell and Dennard are the two I fear leaving the most. We can overcome Gholston (overhyped, underachieved) but not the two above.
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