Better Bell Hurdle: Boise State or Notre Dame?

Hurdling defenders sure seems like the latest craze. And if the first three weeks of the season is any indication, few do it better than Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell. The Spartan star first showed off his track and field skills in Week 1, when he hurdled Boise State’s Jeremy Ioane. On Saturday night, Bell made another would-be tackler look foolish, this time hurdling Notre Dame’s Zeke Motta.

[Related: Where does Bell land on our Week 4 Player Rankings?]

Big Ten secondaries may want to take notice, because that’s two hurdles over opposing safeties in three weeks. To be fair, what can they do? Bell comes in at nearly 250 pounds, and with ballcarriers of that size, defenders are taught to go for the legs, leaving them susceptible to being jumped over.

That being the case, we may not have seen the last of Bell hurdling a poor defender.

Now for the important question: Which hurdle do you like more? Tell us!

If you don’t remember them, watch the two plays again.

Here’s Hurdle No. 1:

And Hurdle No. 2:

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Kelly Rumpel on 9/18/2012 @ 8:51am EDT Said:

Although he got nice air on both leaps, I think the fact that if he hadn’t made it in the ND game he would have lost yardage and the level of competition was better doing a move like that against a much better defense than Boise. Pretty amazing a guy that big having the agility to pull off a move like that, not once but twice, Sparty fan or not you’ve got to respect the athletism.

A.P. on 9/18/2012 @ 6:18pm EDT Said:

The problem with all these leaps are that they slow the runner down and let the defense catch up. The fact is his leap against ND netted him less than 4 yards on the run. Sure its athletic, but it doesnt help the running game.

Doug on 9/18/2012 @ 8:20pm EDT Said:

Bell actually gained 7 yards on the ND run and it would have only been about 2 if he didn’t leap the defender….

Also in the Boise run, he gained about 10 more yards leaping the defender….