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Mike Bell
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 08/02/2005
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Arizona: 3L ... Will play a key role in Mike Canales' offense in 2005 ... Enters the 2005 season with 12 touchdowns and has carried the ball 478 times for a career-total of 2211 yards ... Started all 11 games in 2004 ... 2004 team captain ... Led the team with 204 carries for 950 yards and a 4.7 yards-per-carry average ... Finished the season with five touchdowns and a 86.4 yards-per-game average ... Named All Pac-10 honorable mention ... Also caught the ball 19 times for 79 yards ... Stands No. 8 on the UA all-time career rushing, passing Bob McCall after the ASU game where he rushed for 139 yards in 23 carries ... His 950 yards ranks No. 12 on the UA's single-season rushing chart ... Led the team in total offense and all purpose yardage with 950  ... Had three games with more than 100 yards ... Finished the season No. 4 on the Pac-10 rushing chart ... Also finished No. 10 on  the Pac-10 all purpose chart ... Longest run of the season was 57-yard rush during the ASU game ... Has led the team in rushing for the last three seasons, joining a select group of Arizona running backs who led the team in rushing for three consecutive years ... Carried the ball 15 times for 74 yards against USC ... Scored two touchdowns in the win against Washington after carrying the ball 24 times for 82 yards ... Rushed for 88 yards in 21 carries against Oregon State ... Tallied 99 yards on 17 carries against California ... Rushed for 65 yards in 16 carries at Oregon ... Had 21 carries for 134 yards at UCLA ... Carried the ball 22 times for 66 yards against Washington State ... Rushed for 43 yards in nine carries vs. Wisconsin ... Carried the ball six times against Utah for 36 yards ... Tallied 124 yards in a career-high 30 carried against Northern Arizona ... Had two touchdowns against NAU ... Played in 12 games, started 10 and earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors for the Wildcats in 2003 ... Named the team's MVP and Most Valuable Offensive Player at the end-of-the-year team banquet ... Led the team with 920 rushing yards on 168 carries and a 5.5 yards-per-carry average ... Finished the season with six touchdowns and posted a 76.7 yards-per-game average ... Also added six receptions for 53 yards ... Ranked 59th nationally and third in the Pac-10 Conference in rushing ... Only UA player to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week honors during the season after rushing 26 times for 222 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' lone league victory over Washington ... Had three 100-yard games during the season ... Bell's 2003 total of 920 yards is No. 13 on the UA single-season rushing chart ... Finished the 2003 season second on the team in total offense and first in all-purpose yardage with 973 total yards ... Had 69-, 67- and 37-yard TD runs against the Huskies ... The three rushing TDs vs. Washington marked the first multiple-rushing TD game of his career and the first time a back scored three rushing TDs since Trung Canidate had three at Washington State in 1999 ... Rushed 25 times for 95 yards in the final game of the season at Arizona State ... Had 14 carries for 14 yards vs. USC ... Rushed 25 times for 106 yards and a 10-yard touchdown run at Oregon State ... Had 19 carries for 182 yards, including a 49-yard TD run at California ... Had eight carries for 94 yards vs. UCLA ... Had 11 carries for 40 yards at Washington State ... Rushed 13 times for 41 yards vs. LSU ... Opened the season with 13 carries for 119 yards and an 11-yard TD run against UTEP ... Earned significant amount of playing time in 2002 when Clarence Farmer went out with a season-ending knee injury ... Played in all 12 games and started four as a redshirt freshman in 2002 ... Finished the season as the team's leading rusher with 106 carries for 341 yards ... Averaged 3.2 yards per carry and had one touchdown ... Also caught 13 passes for 136 yards and had a touchdown reception ... Finished third on the squad in all-purpose yardage, with 477 yards for a 39.8 yards-per-game average ... Had 12 carries for 70 yards in the Arizona State game ... Had three carries for 14 yards at California ... Had one carry for six yards versus UCLA ... Finished with seven carries for 25 yards versus Washington State ... Tallied 19 carries for 54 yards at Washington ... Ended the Oregon game with a season-best 21 rushes for 54 yards and a 19-yard touchdown reception from Jason Johnson ... Saw some action in the Wisconsin game and finished with 18 yards on six carries ... Made his collegiate debut in Arizona's season opener against Northern Arizona, finishing the game with 13 carries for 59 yards, an average of 4.5 yards per carry ... Nearly elevated to playing status but redshirted in 2001 and worked with the offensive scout team.

 

High School: Tolleson High School, Phoenix, Ariz., 2001...Lettered four years for coach Dan Widmaier ... Received nine votes in the 10-member Best in the West coaches panel by the Long Beach Press-Telegram ... Was a top back in the Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 ... Was a Parade, PrepStar Dream Team, Rivals100.com and SuperPrep All-American ... The unanimous state player of the year by the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Metro Football ... Rushed for 2,484 yards as a senior, averaging 8.7 yards per carry ... Became the second player in state history to rush for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons - he had 2,038 and 22 touchdowns as a junior ... In 12 games in 2000, crossed the goal line 35 times ... His career rushing total of 4,692 yards stands as the No. 2 figure in state history ... Lettered four years in track and two years in basketball ... Captain of football and track teams ... Ran the 100, 200, 300 IH, 110 HH, and 4x400 and 4x100 relays in track ... Academic honor roll ... Outstanding senior award.

 

Personal: Academic major is sociology ... Son of Anthony and Linda Bell ... Parents both work for the city of Phoenix ... Full name: Michael Steven Bell ... Date of birth: April 23, 1983.

Bell's Career Stats

Rushing

Year G-GS Rush Yards Avg.  TD Long
2002 12-4 106 341 3.2 1 23
2003 12-10 168 920 5.5 6 69
2004 11-11 204 950 4.7 5 57
2005 - - - - - -
Totals 35-25 478 2,211 4.6 12 69

 

Receiving

Year G-GS Rec. Yards Avg. TD Long
2002 12-4 13 136 10.5 1 25
2003 12-10 6 53 8.8 0 16
2004 11-11 19 79 4.2 0 15
2005 - - - - - -
Totals 35-25 19 268 7.0 1 25

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