Skyhawk Football | Tony Bell - 40

PositionLB
YearSenior
HometownMemphis, Tenn.
Height/Weight6-1 - 200 lbs.

2013: Enjoyed an All-American campaign, earning the prestigious title from the Associated Press, College Sports Madness, Beyond Sports Network and Phil Steele Publications…Also racked up first team All-Ohio Valley Conference accolades…Led the OVC and ranked sixth in the nation with 10.5 sacks while also tallying an OVC-best 15 tackles for loss…Also ranked second in the league in forced fumbles (three), fourth in fumble recoveries (three) and ninth in tackles (80)…Was named National Defensive Player of the Week twice (Sept. 9 and Nov. 4)…Wrapped up five tackles for loss at traditional Football Bowl Subdivision power Boise State on Sept. 7, which ranked as the fifth-best single-game effort in the Football Championship Subdivision ranks…Registered a career-high 16 tackles and 4.5 sacks against Murray State on Nov. 2…The 16 stops were tied for the most by any OVC player in 2013 while the 4.5 sacks tied an OVC single-game record and was the second-best performance by an FCS player all season.

2012: Emerged as one of the top linebackers in the OVC, ranking fourth in the league in sacks (four) and seventh in forced fumbles (two)…Amassed 78 tackles (29 solo), nine tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries and one pass breakup…Produced four games of double-digit tackle performances, all of which came in a five-game span against OVC opponents…Had a season-high 13 stops (nine solo) in the road win at Murray State on Oct. 13…Had a pair of sacks in a win against Eastern Illinois on Oct. 6.

2011: Played in all 11 games for the Skyhawks…Recorded three tackles, one unassisted and two assisted tackles.

BEFORE UTM: Played football at Kingsbury High School for head coach Earl Lester...Was named to the Commercial Appeal's Best of the Preps 1-4A team...Named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 4-A All-State team...Played in the Liberty Bowl AutoZone High School All-Star Game as a senior...Had 18 carries for 162 yards and 21 receptions for 439 yards as a senior...Made 74 total tackles, 56 solo and 18 assisted as a senior...Recorded eight sacks, three interceptions and scored nine touchdowns for the Falcons in 2010...Offensively, he had 21 catches for 440 yards and rushed for 170 yards on 18 carries...Scored 12 total touchdowns.

PERSONAL: Born on May 17, 1992…Son of Monica Jones…Majoring in health and human performance.



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