Le'Veon Answering The Bell

After being challenged by Mark Dantonio prior to the start of spring practice, junior running back Le'Veon Bell has entered the preseason answering his head coaches challenge.

With the loss of several key members of Michigan State's offensive attack in 2011, Mark Dantonio knew in the spring he needed standout running back Le'Veon Bell to enter preseason camp focused and ready for his biggest season to date.

Spartans offensive coordinator Dan Roushar feels Bell is doing just that.

"I thought the last three or four days, he's (Bell) really worked," said Roushar. "When we closed practice, I said to the offense, I pointed out a few guys that I've been impressed with the way they're working (and Le'Veon was one of them). Not only when he gets an opportunity to run the football, but I've been watching him block and run routes, and we're seeing a lot of very good things.

As for Bell receiving the message many felt was directed to him, Roushar feels there was more than one person the Spartans head coach was signaling out in the spring.

"I think that message maybe wasn't specific to him," said Roushar. "I think it was for all of us. I think we have to continue to remind ourselves that one of the greatest challenges is to deal with the success that we've had. This football team has done nothing. Last year's team, the year before, those teams won (11) games. This football team hasn't done anything yet. We've got to go out and earn it. We have to maintain that passion and determination and that drive. I think that's for all of us."

Does Roushar feel he's seen that determination in Bell's work ethic?

"I do, I've seen it the last few days," said Roushar. "I know at this point in time, everybody's got bumps and bruises, and he's got `em, but I thought he ran awfully hard in the scrimmage. I thought the safeties did a great job of coming down on him, but he made some strong runs. He's a heck of a player."


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