Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Bell Joins Free Agent List
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 08, 2006
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--The Denver Broncos on Monday signed former University of Arizona running back Mike Bell as a rookie free agent, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Bell joins defensive end Copeland Bryan (Tennesee Titans), safety Darrell Brooks (Dallas Cowboys) and punter Danny Baugher (Cincinnati Bengals) as Wildcats who signed free agent contracts, following the NFL Draft last month, in which offensive lineman Kili Lefotu was a seventh-round pick by the Washington Redskins. A sixth UA player, running back Gilbert Harris, also has been mentioned as a possible free agent signee but has yet to consummate a deal.


      Bell (6-foot-0, 215 pounds), 23, finished his collegiate career ranked fourth on Arizona’s all-time rushing chart, totaling 3,163 yards on 678 attempts (4.7 avg.) with 17 touchdowns in 46 games (34 starts). Bell, who registered 11 career 100-yard rushing games, became the first player in school history to lead the Wildcats in rushing for four consecutive seasons. The three-year starter also posted 56 career receptions for 465 yards (8.3 avg.) with one touchdown.


      As a senior in 2005, Bell was named honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference after rushing for a career-best 952 yards on 200 carries (4.8 avg.) with five touchdowns. He was a second-team All-Pac-10 choice as a sophomore in 2003, posting 920 rushing yards and a career-best six rushing touchdowns.


      At Tolleson High School in Tolleson, Ariz., Bell was a consensus All-American as a senior and also was the state’s player of the year as selected by The Arizona Republic and Phoenix Metro Football Magazine. He became the second player in state history to rush for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons, and his career prep total of 4,692 rushing yards was the second-highest total in Arizona annals.


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