Bell currently leads the Wildcats in tackles and is third in the Pac-10 with 60 (34 solo), including eight for a loss. He also has a pass interception, three pass break-ups and a half-sack.
The list of 11 semi-finalists will be paired to three finalists, which will be announced on Nov. 11. From there, the 1999 Butkus Award winner will be announced on Dec. 10.
The 11 semi-finalists are:
Marcus Bell, Arizona Brandon Short, Penn State LaVarr Arrington, Penn State Mark Simoneau, Kansas State Na'il Diggs, Ohio State Barrin Simpson, Mississippi State James Hall, Michigan Jamel Smith, Virginia Tech Dhani Jones, Michigan Raynoch Thompson, Tennessee Dan Morgan, Miami (Fla.)