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Bell at Senior Bowl this Week
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 24, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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            MOBILE, Ala. (Jan. 24) ?- Arizona running back Mike Bell is among the 100 top senior NFL draft prospects who are participating in the 2006 Senior Bowl this week in Mobile, Alabama.


Bell is the fourth Wildcat to participate in a post-season bowl, following Darrell Brooks and Gilbert Harris in the Shrine East-West Game and Copeland Bryan in the All-American Classic. Additionally, former Wildcat defense tackle Vince Feula participated in the Classic in Las Vegas with Bryan, representing Brigham Young, where he finished his career.


Bell is a member of the Senior Bowl’s North squad, which is being coached by Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher and his staff. He concluded his Arizona career as only the fifth Wildcat to rush for 3,000 yards, joining Trung Canidate, Ontiwaun Carter, Art Luppino and Hubert Oliver. He had a career-best 952 yards this past year and more than 900 yards for three successive seasons -- plus is the only UA player ever to lead the team in rushing for four consecutive seasons.


The players will have one practice session per day during the week ?- January 23-27 -- capped off by the 57th annual Senior Bowl game on Saturday, January 28. Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. and the contest will be nationally-televised by ESPN. The contest is also a complete sellout in 40,646-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium.


ESPN and the NFL Network are also televising Senior Bowl practices this year with over 11 hours of coverage during the week. Remaining ESPN practice telecasts will air from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday of the week, while remaining NFL Network shows will air from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, as well as a 30-minute wrap-up show later that evening. All times are central, and a complete TV schedule of remaining Senior Bowl practice telecasts is listed at the bottom of this story.


The Senior Bowl is the nation’s premier pre-draft showcase, annually featuring the top senior NFL draft prospects on teams coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.


San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan and his staff is coaching the South squad in this year’s game.


Senior Bowl practices are also attended by over 700 NFL general managers, head coaches, scouts and other front office personnel each year.


In 2005, ten Senior Bowlers were chosen in the first-round of the NFL Draft and 83 players were drafted overall. Ninety-five percent of last year’s Senior Bowl players made active rosters in the NFL in 2005, including the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year ?- running back Cadillac Williams of Tampa Bay.


Over 560 former Senior Bowl players were on active rosters in the NFL in 2005. Twenty-six former Senior Bowlers were named to rosters for this year’s NFL Pro Bowl game including the league’s MVP, running back Shaun Alexander of the Seahawks, and Bears’ linebacker Brian Urlacher, the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.


The Senior Bowl is also a non-profit, charity event that, together with its charitable partner Food World, distributed over $1.2 million to charities in 2005.


For more information, visit the bowl’s website at



Remaining Senior Bowl National Television Coverage ?- 2006

All times CST



Wednesday, January 25


9:30 ?- 10:30 a.m. ?- Senior Bowl South Practice ?- ESPNU

1:30 ?- 2:30 p.m. ?- Senior Bowl North Practice ?- ESPN

2:00 ?- 3:30 p.m. ?- Senior Bowl Practice Coverage ?- NFL Network

7:30 ?- 8:00 p.m. ?- Senior Bowl Practice Review ?- NFL Network


Thursday, January 26 -  1:30 ?- 2:30 p.m. ?- Senior Bowl North Practice (taped) ?- ESPN


Friday, January 27 - 1:30 ?- 2:30 p.m. ?- Senior Bowl South Practice (taped) ?- ESPN



Saturday, January 28


3:00 ?- 6:00 p.m. ?- 57th Annual Senior Bowl Game ?- ESPN


6:00 ?- Senior Bowl Wrap-Up, NFL Total Access ?- NFL Network




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