Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News reviews the accomplishments of five of the best running backs in Michigan State history.
Lorenzo White (1984-87): The two-time All-American is first in Michigan State history in rushing yards (4,887), rushing attempts (1,082), rushing touchdowns (43) and 100-yard games (23). He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1985 and 1987, and led the Spartans to a Rose Bowl victory following the 1987 season. As a sophomore in 1985, he gained 2,066 yards and ran for more than 200 yards in a game four times, including a 286-yard effort against Indiana. White ran for 1,572 yards as a senior, including seven games of 100 yards or more, highlighted by a 292-yard game against Indiana.
Javon Ringer (2005-08): An All-American as a senior, Ringer is second in career rushing yards at Michigan State with 4,398 -- the 11th-best total in Big Ten history. He is Michigan State’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 5,426 and is one of three players in school history, joining Devin Thomas and Lorenzo White, to collect more than 2,000 all-purpose yards in a season (2,051). His 22 touchdowns as a senior in 2008 tied for first in the nation and are the most in a single season at Michigan State. His 1,637 yards that season rank as the third-highest single-season total in school history.
Le’Veon Bell (2010-12): In 40 career games, Bell ran for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns. He finished his career ranked among MSU's all-time leaders in rushing touchdowns (sixth with 33), rushing attempts (sixth with 671), rushing yards (seventh with 3,346) and all-purpose yards (ninth with 4,114). Bell had 12 career 100-yard rushing games, which is eighth-most in Michigan State history, and had 78 career receptions for 531 yards.
T.J. Duckett (1999-2001): The big, bruising back ran for 3,379 yards in three seasons and finished with 14 career 100-yard games. Three times he surpassed the 200-yard mark, including a 211-yard performance in a victory over Michigan in 2001. Duckett is among the top 10 in school history in yards, rushing attempts (621) and rushing touchdowns (29).
Sedrick Irvin (1996-98): Irvin ran for more than 100 yards 15 times in his career and finished his career as MSU's fifth-leading rusher with 3,504 yards and 755 carries. His is third in career touchdowns with 35 highlighted his career with a 238-yard performance against Penn State in 1997, the same day fellow back Marc Renaud ran for 229 yards.