June 21, 2013
Through Tuesday, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 24 student-athletes nominated for the conference's Athlete of the Year awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced next week.
Le’Veon Bell – Michigan State – Football
Bell became the first Spartan since 1990 to win the Big Ten overall rushing title, averaging 137.9 yards per game last season, which also ranked third in the NCAA. The senior gained 1,793 total rushing yards, the second-highest single-season mark in Michigan State history and fifth most in the nation in 2012. He was first in the country in carries (382), which also ranked third most in a MSU season and fourth in the Big Ten record book. Bell was tabbed first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media, fourth-team All-American by Phil Steele, honorable mention All-American by SI.com and was a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award. He was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Click HERE for more information on Le’Veon.
Previously Highlighted Nominees:
Ed Ruth, Penn State wrestling
Christine Nairn, Penn State women's soccer
Geoff Davis, Purdue men's track & field
Casey Matthews, Purdue women's swimming & diving
Derek St. John, Iowa wrestling
Jessica Barnett, Iowa field hockey
Connor Jaeger, Michigan men's swimming & diving
Joanna Sampson, Michigan women's gymnastics