Annual Rebels In The Pros Update
Senior WR star is just fifth Rebel ever invited to prestigious all-star game in Mobile, Ala.
UNLV leads way on offensive side of ball.
UNLV: One of college football's top linebackers became only the fourth Rebel player ever invited to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl (did not play because of injury during week of practice) ... Despite his team finishing 2-10 overall, he was named the 2007 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in voting by the league's coaches and media ... The fourth Rebel ever to earn a conference defensive MVP award and the first linebacker to do it at UNLV ... As a senior, became the first player in MWC history to be named Defensive Player of the Week three times in one season and joined former All-American QB/P Randall Cunningham as the only two Rebels to earn a league's weekly award four times in a career ... Finished second all-time at UNLV and sixth in MWC history with 320 total tackles despite missing half a season as a junior because of an ankle injury ... Named a midseason third team All-American by Phil Steele's in mid-October ... One of four team captains in 2007, he earned three honors at UNLV's annual postseason banquet in December: MVP on Defense, Bill "Wildcat" Morris Most Inspirational and "Doc" Tobler Senior Award, which is given to the final-year player who brings the highest credit to himself and the university... A member of the Rebel Leadership Committee in 2006 and 2007 ... Majoring in university studies and is expected to graduate after just four years at the end of the 2008 spring semester ... The younger brother of former Rebel linebacker Zach Bell (2001-04).
2007: Opened the season on the Butkus Award Watch List for the second consecutive fall and went on to lead the league and ranks among the national leaders with 126 total tackles and five forced fumbles while also pacing UNLV with four interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown en route to earning First Team All-MWC honors ... Bell also led his team with 9.5 tackles for loss, ranked second with three QB sacks and third with three pass breakups ... Had eight double-digit tackle games, including a season-high 15 (11 solo) at New Mexico to close his illustrious college career ... Forced two fumbles in the season opener at Utah State (8/30/07) ... Recorded his first double-digit tackling performance of the season in the home opener, bringing down 10 Wisconsin ball carriers (9/8/07) ... Also tallied his first sack of 2007 against the Badgers ... Made a then-season-high 12 tackles against Hawaii (9/15/07) ... Earned his second career Defensive Player of the Week Award by leading his program to its first shutout in seven years, 27-0 over bowl-bound Utah (9-29-07) ... Bell finished with 10 total tackles, including seven solo, a pass breakup and one forced fumble that thwarted an early Utah drive ... Finished with a dozen tackles the following week at bowl-bound Nevada, Reno ... Set a then-season high with 13 tackles vs. BYU (10/13/07) ... Recorded the first two interceptions of his career against the eventual league-champion Cougars and also forced a fumble in one of his most dominating performances, which earned his second MWC Player of the Week honor of the season ... Named MWC Co-Defensive Player of the Week two weeks later after totaling 10 tackles (five solo), three tackles for loss, one pass breakup and hauling in his third interception at Wyoming (10/27/07), which he returned 11 yards for his first career touchdown ... Picked off fourth pass of the season vs. San Diego State (11/10/07) ... A preseason first team All-MWC selection by Phil Steele's and Blue Ribbon ... Ranked the No. 14 OLB in college football by Phil Steele's.
2006: A left-ankle sprain limited him to just seven games played ... The Butkus Award Watch List member was leading the MWC and ranked third in the nation with 12.2 tackles per game when he left early in the BYU game ... Still made 76 tackles, including 41 solo take downs on the year ... Recorded a season-high 16 tackles against New Mexico ... Had a string of five games that he reached double-digits in tackles ... A strong pass rusher as well, he had a career-high four QB sacks ... Forced to miss the last five games of the season due to his ankle injury ... The league's leading returning tackler changed his uniform number from 47 to 2 in time for junior season ... A preseason first team All-MWC selection by Sporting News, Lindy's, Athlon and Blue Ribbon, and second team pick by Phil Steele's ... Ranked the No. 16 outside linebacker in college football by Sporting News.
2005: A 2005 second team All-MWC selection ... Played in all 11 games, starting seven ... Finished fourth in the MWC with 92 tackles ... Recorded his first sack against San Diego State and went on to finish that game with 3.5 as part of a 14-tackle game ... Named MWC Player of the Week for his effort vs. Aztecs ... Battled a groin injury early in the year ... Registered 7.5 tackles for loss ... Tabbed preseason second team All-MWC by Athlon.
2004: Played in all 11 games as a true freshman reserve LB behind a linebacker corps that included two NFL draftees ... His 26 total tackles included one for loss ... Also recovered a fumble and forced another fumble at BYU.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2004 graduate of Tustin HS ... Competed in the prestigious Cal-Florida Game and registered five tackles ... Named Defensive MVP of the Century League as both a junior and senior ... A versatile athlete who played all over the field for coach Myron Miller, lining up at DB, DE, LB and RB as well as serving as his team's punter and place-kicker ... Finished with 150 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions as a senior for the Tillers ... Also carried the ball 55 times for 506 yards and eight TDs for the 2003 league champs.
PERSONAL: James "Beau" Beaumont Bell was born on May 26, 1986 ... The middle son of Joanne Wilson, along with Zach and B.J. ... Majoring in university studies.
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