After missing the playoffs last season and snapping a five-year streak of playoff appearances, Lansing Sexton is back on track as it moved to 7-0 with a win against East Lansing on Friday.
One of the reasons for the Big Reds' success is junior running back/linebacker Avonte Bell.
"Last year, it was really embarrassing, so we did not wanna lose any games this year," Bell said. "We put in so much work in the weight room over the summer. Our line put it in the mornings and our skill players in the afternoon. We did not wanna go through that season that we had last year."
He said Sexton's preparation was key to its 47-21 win over the Trojans.
"We put in a lot of preparation," he said. "Our line blocked good and me and our running backs ran nice and our receivers caught the ball when we really needed it."
Bell had a touchdown and a two-point conversion run to help the Big Reds.
The 6-foot, 215-pound junior also has been gaining attention on the recruiting trail. Western Michigan already has offered him and other schools are in contact.
Bell has his first visit to MSU lined up for its game against Indiana on Saturday and said he is excited for it.
"It's homecoming," he said. "I just can't wait to see how the fans look. It's going to be a great experience for me and everything."
He also visited Western Michigan recently.