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Le’Veon Bell, Dion Sims and William Gholston to Enter 2013 NFL Draft

January 3rd, 2013 at 6:15 PM
By Rebecca Pierce

Three Michigan State football stars declared this week that they will forgo their senior seasons to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Le'Veon Bell, Dion Sims and William Gholston have each told head coach, Mark Dantonio, that they will be leaving MSU this year. The three key players will be greatly missed by the Spartans, as they each contributed greatly to MSU success in their years on the team.

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Junior RB Le'Veon Bell confirmed rumors today that he would be leaving the Michigan State Spartans football team to turn pro. The star tweeted around noon today, "As hard as it was to leave spartan nation, it was even harder to pass on such a great opportunity I have in front of me!"

Since running backs generally have shorter NFL careers than other positions, it was expected that Bell may leave college early. He is expected to be a second or third round pick in the 2013 NFL draft after a stellar 2012-2013 season that ended with a recent bowl game win for the Spartans. Bell lead the Spartans' offense this year with 382 rushing attempts for 33 touchdowns.

TE Dion Sims and DE Will Gholston also informed coach Dantonio that they will be entering the draft this year. While Sims missed three games this past season due to an ankle injury, he caught 36 passes for 475 yards and two touchdowns, and stood out due to his size. Will Gholston is expected to be a third or fourth round draft pick. At 6'7", 278 lbs, Gholston was the first ever five-star recruit to be committed to the MSU Spartans.

While the Spartan Nation will mourn the loss of these great players, it will be exciting to see where each ends up after the draft. 

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Dion Sims, football, Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, NCAA, William Gholston

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