Big Ten Awards: Le'Veon Bell Named Co-Offensive Player Of Week

TMAPA, FL - JANUARY 02: Running back Le'Veon Bell #24 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after a touchdown run against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl January 2, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Florida. The Spartans won 33 - 30. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell was given Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for the Big Ten on Monday, for his performance against Boise State in Week 1.

Week 1 of the 2012 NCAA Football season is in the books, and the Big Ten had its share of excitement. Nebraska ran up the score on Southern Miss and the Michigan St. Spartans took out the nationally ranked Boise State. As it happens, Michigan State had one of its players receive a weekly award from the Big Ten: running back Le'Veon Bell.

The Big Ten gave Bell the award for Offensive Player of the Week for his performance. He had 210 rushing yards (a career high) off of 44 carries. He scored two touchdowns on the game, and had 265 yards altogether. That 256 yards that Bell accounted for was more than the entire Boise State offense, which had 206 yards.

Bell actually had to share the honors this week though, as Taylor Martinez of the Cornhuskers threw for five touchdowns and 354 yards against Southern Miss and shared the honors. Nebraska had 632 yards of total offense in their win, so Bell is in some seriously good company either way.

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