HT: 5′ 8-1/2″
WT: 191 lbs
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Pike (Indianapolis, IN)
Accolades: 2019 1st Team All-MAC. 2018 1st Team All-MAC.
Scouting Report: RB LeVante Bellamy, Western Michigan
Speed/Athleticism: LeVante Bellamy plays at a different speed than everyone else on the field. He’s eerily reminiscent of ex-East Carolina running back Chris Johnson, who had incredible speed. Bellamy clocked at a 4.28 forty yard dash (laser) in June of 2019. He’s very athletic, he can change direction quickly, and his acceleration is on another level. Goes from zero-to-sixty very quickly.
Contact Balance: Bellamy is nimble enough to be a nuisance when trying to be brought down, and his contact balance considering his size is exemplary. It’s not great, however, as he does struggle to make multiple defenders miss and doesn’t have the power to get past people.
Receiving Ability: Bellamy has the ability to be an impact receiver, he caught thirty passes his junior season. However, his stats don’t show it in 2019 because the offense moved to a more RPO based scheme, which limited the opportunities Bellamy had to catch the ball. A swift route runner with great technique, Bellamy is a capable receiver out of the backfield and can probably be used out of the slot as well.
Blocking Ability: I don’t see Western Michigan asking Bellamy to block. That’s concerning to me. I’m already slightly considered with his size. This doesn’t help that concern.
Field Vision/Football IQ: Field vision is normally a good thing for LeVante Bellamy, as he flashes the ability to know where to move when needed. However, flash is the keyword here. He struggles to consistently take what the defense gives him, and will try too hard sometimes to create something instead of getting the positive gain. He’s not as bad as some running backs who retreat substantial distances, but I would like to see him be able to plant his foot in the ground on a zone run and move upfield.
LeVante Bellamy is a speed guy. If there is one thing that you should know about him coming out of evaluations, it’s that he dominated with his speed in the MAC. Bellamy creates opportunities for himself pretty well. With his speed, he can turn the corner, and he has the quickness to bounce a run to the outside and pick up big gains. It’s going to be harder for Bellamy to find a role within the league because of his inability to block. I like him as a day three guy, and the speed might pump him up on a lot of teams boards.