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Brandon Bell
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1995-01-09) January 9, 1995 (age 25)
Place of birth: Mays Landing, New Jersey
Career information
College: Penn State
Undrafted in 2017
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Cincinnati Bengals ( 2017 2018)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles     14
Sacks     0.0
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     0
Interceptions     0

Brandon JaMarr Bell (born January 9, 1995) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Penn State.[1]

Early yearsEdit

Bell attended Oakcrest High School in New Jersey. He played running back and linebacker for the football team.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Brandon Bell
LB
[[Mays Landing NJ]] Oakcrest High School 6 ft 1 in (185 cm) 227 lb (103 kg) 4.53 Jun 13,
2012 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings:
‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
Sources:


College careerEdit

Freshman yearEdit

During his first year at Penn State he played in seven games with twenty-three total tackles, fourteen solo tackles. In his first game as a Nittany Lion he recorded two tackles one of them a solo tackle in a 45-7 win over Eastern Michigan. His best game statistically was vs Wisconsin on November 11 he recorded six tackles four of them solo in a win during the season finale.[2]

Sophomore yearEdit

During the 2014 season Bell began getting a substantial increase of playing time. He starting ten games for Penn State. Bell recorded his first college interception in a game against Rutgers and the next week vs UMass he had his first sack in a 48-7 win. Bell's best game of his career and the year was a thirteen tackle effort and also a sack in a 31-24 Double Over-Time loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Bell finished the year with a total of 43 tackles, two sacks and one interception in ten games.[2] [3]

Junior yearEdit

Bell set career highs with sacks and tackling during the 2015 campaign. Totaling 56 tackles and three and a half sacks Bell was one of Penn State's best defenders. In the first game of the year Bell had one sack and seven tacks vs the Temple Owls. His best game of the year was a nine tackle performance in the Big Ten opener vs Rutgers. In his last game during his junior year, in the Taxslayer Bowl against Georgia he had eleven tackles in a compact fallen short when Penn State lost 24-17 after scoring fourteen unanswered points to pull within a touchdown.[4]

Senior yearEdit

Bell's first appearance as a senior was in the season opener vs Kent State he recorded a tackle and an interception in a 33-13 win. The next week, he had nine tackles in a rivalry game vs Pitt in a 42-39 loss. During the final seconds of the game on a tackle on Pitts James Connor, Bell suffered a knee injury sidelining him for the next three weeks. Bell's best performance was a 19 tackle, one sack game vs the Ohio State Buckeyes the Nittany Lions upset No. 2 Ohio State on a blocked FG attempt and ran it back 64 yards for the touchdown. The win put PSU in the AP Poll for the first time since 2011. There ranking in their Top 25 was No. 24.

On November 26, Bell recorded a tying-season high 18 tackles with 2 tackles for loss in a 45–12 Big Ten East clinching win over Michigan State. And on December 3, 2016 Big Ten Championship 13 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.

Career statisticsEdit

NCAA career statistics
Penn State Nittany Lions
Season Tackles Interceptions
GP GS Tot Solo Asst Sck FF Int YDS Avg Lng TD PD
2013 7 0 24 14 10 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014 10 10 43 21 22 2.0 0 1 2 2 2 0 3
2015 11 11 56 29 27 3.5 0 1 25 25 25 0 0
2016 9 9 88 42 46 4.0 4 1 0 0 0 0 3
Total 37 30 203 106 105 9.5 4 3 27 17 25 0 6

Reference[5]

Professional careerEdit

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

Bell signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2017.[6] He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[7][8] He was promoted to the active roster on December 15, 2017.[9]

On September 1, 2018, Bell was waived by the Bengals.[10] He was re-signed to the practice squad on October 23, 2018.[11] He was promoted to the active roster on November 16, 2018.[12] He was waived on May 11, 2019.[13]

Carolina PanthersEdit

On August 19, 2019, Bell was signed by the Carolina Panthers.[14] He was waived during final roster cuts on August 30, 2019.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Brandon Bell - 247Sports". 247Sports.com. https://247sports.com/Player/Brandon-Bell-15676. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "PSU's Brandon Bell Freshman highlights". ESPN.com. November 29, 2013. http://www.espn.com/college-football/player/gamelog/_/id/552315/year/2013/brandon-bell. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  3. "Brandon Bell PSU bio". GoPSUsports.com. December 29, 2014. http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/brandon_bell_857060.html. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  4. "Brandon Bell - Collegian - PSU". COLLEGIAN. http://www.collegian.psu.edu/football/article_f0e018c6-6e58-11e6-8f88-03ca36191b1c.html. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  5. "ESPN Brandon Bell Stats". http://www.espn.com/college-football/player/_/id/552315. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  6. Marcum, Jason (May 5, 2017). "Undrafted Free Agents 2017: Bengals announce college free agent signings, tryouts". http://www.cincyjungle.com/2017/5/5/15557430/undrafted-free-agents-2017-bengals-college-free-agent-signings-tryouts.
  7. Toback, Rebecca (September 2, 2017). "NFL roster cuts 2017: Cincinnati Bengals 53-man roster". https://www.cincyjungle.com/2017/9/2/16245134/nfl-roster-cuts-2017-cincinnati-bengals-53-man-roster.
  8. Hobson, Geoff (September 3, 2017). "Elliott, DeShawn Williams return on practice squad". https://web.archive.org/web/20171013173439/http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/Elliott-DeShawn-Williams-return-on-practice-squad/b1860d51-dc9b-4b71-ad8b-d3225052bfc3.
  9. Marcum, Jason (December 15, 2017). "Bengals place Kevin Minter on injured reserve; sign Brandon Bell off practice squad". https://www.cincyjungle.com/2017/12/15/16781586/bengals-place-kevin-minter-injured-reserve-sign-brandon-bell-practice-squad.
  10. "Bengals Establish Roster of 53 Players". September 1, 2018. https://www.bengals.com/news/bengals-establish-roster-of-53-players.
  11. "Bengals make 3 roster moves including placing TE Mason Schreck on IR". October 23, 2018. https://www.cincyjungle.com/2018/10/23/18015616/bengals-make-3-roster-moves-including-placing-te-mason-schreck-on-ir-jordan-franks-brandon-bell.
  12. "Bengals TE Tyler Kroft’s season is over; LB Brandon Bell promoted from practice squad". November 16, 2018. https://www.cincyjungle.com/2018/11/16/18098924/bengals-te-tyler-krofts-season-is-over-lb-brandon-bell-promoted-from-practice-squad.
  13. "Bengals Sign Three College Free Agents, Waive Two Players". May 11, 2019. https://www.bengals.com/news/bengals-sign-three-college-free-agents-waive-two-players.
  14. "Panthers makes roster moves ahead of third preseason game". August 19, 2019. https://www.panthers.com/news/panthers-makes-roster-moves-tyler-catalina-brandon-bell.
  15. Henson, Max (August 30, 2019). "Panthers announce first wave of 2019 roster cuts". https://www.panthers.com/news/panthers-announce-first-wave-of-2019-roster-cuts-artis-payne-corn-elder. Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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