Bell Rings Up Records
Oct. 29, 2007
LAS VEGAS - UNLV star linebacker Beau Bell (Tustin, Calif./Tustin HS) on Monday became the first football player in school history to be named conference player of the week three times in one season while also tying former All-American Randall Cunningham as the only Rebels to earn such an award four times in a career.
Bell was named Mountain West Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week after totaling 10 tackles (five solo), three tackles for loss, one pass breakup and hauling in his third interception in three weeks in UNLV's loss at Wyoming on Saturday. The senior returned his pick 11 yards for his first career touchdown, which gave the Rebels a 17-9 lead in the third quarter.
With the effort in Laramie, Bell moved up two spots to fifth all-time at UNLV with 288 career tackles, which also placed him 10th in MWC history. The leading candidate for conference defensive player of the year currently leads the league with 94 total tackles (16th nationally with 10.44 PG), leads in forced fumbles with four (fifth nationally with .44 PG) and is tied for 10th in interceptions with three (90th nationally with .33 PG).
Bell was previously named player of the week on Oct. 15 after UNLV's loss to BYU, on Sept. 24 after the Rebels' victory over Utah and following a victory over San Diego State back on Oct. 8, 2005. Future NFL star Cunningham was honored by the Pacific Coast Athletic Association for his play at quarterback on Sept. 17 and Oct. 31, 1983, and then on Sept. 17 and Oct. 22, 1984.
Bell shared this week's award with Utah defensive back Steve Tate. Running back Rodney Ferguson was named the offensive player of the week while Lobo kicker John Sullivan and Wyoming punter/kicker Billy Vinnedge shared honors for special teams.
UNLV is off this week before playing its final home game of the season on Nov. 10 vs. San Diego State. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. PT.