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                === Spartans' Bell, Sims to enter NFL Draft ===
 
 East  Lansing, MI  (Sports Network) - Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell
 and tight end Dion Sims have their sights set on the pros.
 
 After  successful careers with the Spartans, both players declared for the NFL
 Draft on Thursday via Twitter.
 
 Bell posted the second-best rushing season in Michigan State history this past
 year, amassing 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns on 382 carries.
 
 He  tweeted "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! But I love and thank
 spartan nation for everything! I will always be a Spartan!"
 
 In  a separate statement, Bell said "This was the hardest decision of my life.
 It's  difficult  to leave my teammates  and coaches as well as Spartan Nation,
 but  I  couldn't pass  on pursuing my  dream and the  opportunity to change my
 mom's life."
 
 Sims,  a  fourth-year junior, got  the opportunity to  start at tight end this
 season  for the  Spartans  and recorded  36  catches for  475  yards with  two
 touchdowns.  For  his career,  he made  59 receptions for  707 yards and eight
 scores over 39 contests.
 
 "I  want  to thank  #SpartanNation for  4 of the  best years  of my life! I'll
 always bleed green & white!!!," tweeted Sims.
 
 
 
 
 
 01/03 21:01:54 ET