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Mike Bell
Mike Bell


Phoenix, Ariz.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 218




Arizona: 2L... Bell figures to repeat as UA's top back in 2004 following an outstanding sophomore year which saw him earn second-team All-Pacific-10 honors... Rushed for 920 yards on 168 carries, a solid 5.5-yard average... Was expected to challenge Clarence Farmer for the job and did so in a big way, starting 10 games... Had four 100-yard games including a phenomenal 222-yard performance on 26 carries against Washington... Also ran for 182 yards at Cal... Earned significant amount of playing time in 2002 when Farmer went out with a season-ending knee injury... Played in all 12 games and started four as a freshman that season... Finished the season as the team's leading rusher with 106 carries for 341 yards... Averaged 3.2 yards per carry and had a 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 career-best 21 rushes for 54 yards and a 19-yard touchdown reception from Jason Johnson... Had 14 carries for 50 yards and a 14-yard touchdown run... 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... Top back in the Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100... The unanimous state player of the year by the Arizona Republic and Phoenix Metro Football, Bell 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, the speedy yet powerful back crossed the goal line 35 times... Career rushing total is 4,692 yards and also 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.

Bell's Career Stats

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
Total   24-14   274    1261     4.6     7       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 Total 24-14 19 189 9.9 1 25

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