Monday Quarterback: The Running Backs

We look at the play of the Spartans running back in our Monday Quarterback as we breakdown each position from the last game.

How easy one must feel writing this article would be. Le'Veon Bell has a career night for Michigan State and is one of the hottest names in college football after the first weekend of play.

But we would be fooling ourselves if we didn't look even deeper into what the Spartans did from the running back position.

The Spartans used three running backs in their 17-13 victory over Boise State with Bell dominating running and catching the ball. However, others left me with questions to be raised.

There is no mistaking the talents of Bell as a power runner with soft hands capable of carrying a team on his back. With 210 yards rushing and another 55 yards receiving, Bell was the difference in the Spartans winning on Friday night.

However, out of the 51 carries by the three backs used by the Spartans, Bell had 86% of them. Larry Caper posted three carries for 11 yards and Nick Hill two carries for four yards. That should have Spartan fans worried as the season only has one game in the books.

Last season's one-two punch of Bell and Edwin Baker was missing against Boise State and one has to wonder how the Spartans would perform without their star in the making.

While we hope to never talk about that during the 2012 season, you have to wonder and hope Bell is capable of staying healthy for an entire season as a workhorse back who could see 30 carry games each week.

Because of Bell's performance we give the Spartans running backs a grade of "A+" but would have liked to see Caper or Hill do a little more to ease the burden Bell carried on Friday night.


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