2019 Season Countdown: #27 Ronnie Bell

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5Aug 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #27 Ronnie Bell

Ronnie Bell (image via MGoBlue)

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Name: Ronnie Bell
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
184 lbs.
High school:
Kansas City (MO) Park Hill
Position:
Wide receiver
Class:
Sophomore
Jersey number:
#8
Last year:
I ranked Bell #95 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He had 8 catches for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns.
TTB Rating:
71

For those of you longing for the return of Steve Breaston, I think you may have found a reasonable facsimile in Ronnie Bell. Bell is a slightly built, slippery slot receiver who has the ability to break away without ever really looking like a blazing runner. Bell played early and often as a true freshman, and he figured into the team’s plans in many ways. He caught the ball (8 catches for 145 yards and 2 TD), ran the ball (5 carries for -2 yards), returned punts (2 returns for 7 yards), and returned kickoffs (2 returns for 53 yards). Not bad for a wide receiver who was a recruiting afterthought.

But not great, either. Bell got some jet sweeps despite not having great speed to really threaten the defense to the edge, and I think Michigan’s staff just wasn’t sure how to use him. They wanted some Eddie McDoom or Jehu Chesson jet sweep magic, but Bell just doesn’t quite have that explosion. I think Josh Gattis will have a better idea of how to use Bell, and it also helps that Bell will have spent another year in the weight program. With a guy like him who has a natural ability and willingness to shake off tacklers, a little bit of extra strength should benefit him.

It’s a mighty large jump to go from #95 to #27 in one year. Part of that is because of the promise Bell showed, but it also represents Michigan’s slightly shaky wide receiver situation. I had Bell ranked here even before Oliver Martin’s transfer, and a big reason is that Tarik Black just hasn’t shown that he can stay healthy. Even with the arrival of Mike Sainristil and other touted freshman receivers, having a guy who spent the spring in the system (unlike Cornelius Johnson, George Johnson III, and Giles Jackson) should help him plug in various places if necessary. For now I expect Bell to be a backup in the slot, but he can help in so many ways that a top-30 ranking seems right.

Prediction: Backup slot receiver/punt returner/kickoff returner

9Oct 2018
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Michigan vs. Maryland Awards

Shea Patterson (image via ClickOnDetroit)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Ronnie Bell. The freshman wide receiver is making plays when given the opportunity. He caught a long touchdown pass from Dylan McCaffrey a couple weeks ago, and this week he caught a crossing route from Shea Patterson that turned into a catch-and-run touchdown. Michigan needs to keep the receivers healthy, so it’s good that Bell is getting some snaps so he (and others) can be available down the stretch.

Hit the jump for the rest of the awards.

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23Sep 2018
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Michigan 56, Nebraska 10

This wasn’t deemed a penalty until much deliberation (image via Lincoln Journal Star)

That was unexpected. Nebraska isn’t very good this season, but I still thought Michigan would struggle. I predicted a 24-17 game in which the Wolverines would play down to the level of the Cornhuskers. I was wrong. Michigan’s defense played superb football, and the offensive line was overwhelmed the whole day. It also helped that Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was not up to full speed after getting hurt against Colorado; he wore a knee brace and only seemed to be operating at 75% or so. Michigan’s offense was also clicking at a higher level than they have been, and that’s a credit to them. Nebraska’s defense shouldn’t have been as out of sync as the offense, but a Michigan offense that had been struggling in many ways really took it to them.

Hit the jump for the rest of the recap.

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20Aug 2018
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Final TTB Ratings for 2018

Aidan Hutchinson (image via Hudl)

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It’s been a long time coming because I’ve been so busy, but here are the final TTB Ratings for the class of 2018.

A note on the ratings: These are Michigan-specific ratings, so a guy who would be an instant starter at Eastern Michigan might not be quite so much of an individual standout playing against Michigan’s opponents . . . and he might even have a hard time getting on the field over some other Wolverines. It’s tricky trying to determine how the depth chart will shake out over the next three to five years, but I’m here for the heavy lifting. For more of an explanation, check out this page here (LINK).

Hit the jump for the final rankings.

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2Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #95 Ronnie Bell

Ronnie Bell (image via 810 Varsity)

Name: Ronnie Bell
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 174 lbs.
High school: Kansas City (MO) Park Hill
Position: Wide receiver
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Bell was a senior in high school (LINK). He caught 89 passes for 1,605 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Bell was a very divisive signee back in February. He planned to play college basketball at Missouri State, and he had even signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bears (you didn’t know Missouri State’s mascot, did you?). Then Michigan swooped in with an offer to play football, and that changed everything. The small-college basketball player was suddenly a big-time football recruit, and it’s not hard to see why based on his eye-popping numbers (89 receptions, 1605 yards, 21 TD; 15 carries, 163 yards, 1 TD).

Now Bell joins a roster that is loaded at wide receiver, at least according to the recruiting sites. Michigan brought in four freshmen in the 2017 class, and they have some leftover star power, too (Eddie McDoom, Kekoa Crawaford, etc.). That doesn’t even include Grant Perry, who is a multi-year starter in the slot. Playing time in 2018 is an uphill battle, and I think Bell will redshirt while looking to add size and strength.

Prediction: Redshirt

Hit the jump for some of Bell’s basketball highlights.

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