Name: Isaiah Bell
Weight: 245 lbs.
High school: Liberty High School in Youngstown, OH
Position: Middle linebacker
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #26
Last year: I ranked him #65 and said he would contribute on special teams. Bell did not play at all.
I was an unabashed fan of Bell when he was coming out of high school, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t have my doubts about him at this point. He didn’t even play special teams as a redshirt freshman, and there have been persistent rumors about his work ethic, conditioning, attitude, etc. He was largely non-existent in the spring game, too.
This coming season ought to be a barometer of what path Bell will take for the remainder of his career. If he still can’t get on the field on special teams, that’s bad news and probably speaks more to his attitude than physical talent. Walk-ons litter special teams units (Floyd Simmons, Zac Johnson, Tom Pomarico, Mark Moundros, Tony Anderson, etc.), and Bell obviously possesses more athleticism than most walk-ons. But if Bell starts to see the field a little bit on specials and gets sprinkled in there on defense, then he might be a late-blooming type who can help the team as an upperclassman.
Prediction: Special teams contributor . . . ?
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