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WSU alumnus, Lions' running back Joique Bell expresses gratitude for his "Wayne State family"

October 8, 2012

After four games, Joique Bell has more than secured his roster spot and has become one of the Detroit Lions' most effective offensive weapons, especially late in games. With 175 yards on 12 catches (14.6-yard average), Bell was second in the league in receiving yards among running backs through Week 4, trailing only Darren Sproles of the Saints (207 yards, 23 receptions). Head coach Jim Schwartz has taken notice. "He's made plays when he's been in the game," he said. "He's made guys miss, he's gotten tough yards, he's ball-secure, he's been assignment-sound. He's done a nice job." And Bell has enjoyed his homecoming after spending time in New Orleans, Philadelphia and Indianapolis his first two seasons during which he played only special teams. "I love my Wayne State family," he said. "They've always been supportive from the time I came to Wayne State to the time I left and supported me throughout my whole career. "I'm out there doing warm-ups and I hear people saying, 'Joique Bell, Wayne State.' It feels good to know I have my alumni out there supporting me, and I support my school."