Steelers Le'Veon Bell receives Michigan State University Alderton Award

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The Steelers second-round draft choice has been recognized as his college's top male athlete for his efforts on the field as a running back for the 2012 Spartans.

The Pittsburgh Steelers believe they have found a weapon of mass dexterity in 2013 second-round draft pick, running back Le'Veon Bell.

Bell's alma-mater, Michigan State University, has decorated him for his explosive final season with the 2012-2013 George S Alderton Award, which recognizes the top male Spartan athlete.

Bell led the entire Big Ten, and finished third overall in NCAA rankings, posting an average of 137.9 yards per game while leading all college running backs with 382 carries. Bell rushed for a total of 1,793 yards, which included three 200 yard performances. The Steelers believe he is capable of becoming an every-down feature back, because of his ability to make plays. Over half of his yardage in 2012 came after contact.

The award is named for the former editor of the Lansing State Journal, who took it upon himself to bestow the name Spartans on Michigan State college, when it discarded the preceding "Aggies" from the school's Michigan Agricultural College days.

If Bell can outrun fellow backs Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman, like he did collegiate defenders in 2012, he could find himself carrying the load by the ball for the Steelers in a role conducive to similar production.

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