8  Tony Bell
Tony Bell

RS Senior

Alabaster, Ala.

High School:
Thompson HS

Last College:
Auburn University

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 215

Defensive Back




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Career Summary: Lettered two seasons for the Tigers after transferring from Auburn...Started the final six games of the `07 season at safety...Logged 40 tackles and blocked a punt against Jacksonville St. in `07...Had a career-best 10 tackles against ECU. Saw action in 8 of 13 games as a senior, primarily on special teams...Had one assisted tackle in the secondary against ECU.

Notable: Expected to graduate in August `09 with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in adult education and business.

2007: Played in 11 games and was a starter at strong safety in the last six contests...Ranked second on the team in pass breakups with four...Totaled 40 tackles in 2007, which ranked ninth on the team...Tallied one solo tackle in the season opener versus Ole Miss...Blocked a Jacksonville State punt and had two tackles in the game, including one for a loss of a yard...The blocked punt ultimately led to a Tiger touchdown on their next drive...Also returned one punt for 14 yards against JSU...Forced a fumble in the third quarter and had four tackles and a pass breakup against UCF...Fumble was recovered by Quinton McCrary...Missed the Arkansas State and Marshall games with a thigh bruise...Returned to the field against Middle Tennessee...Registered six tackles and a pass breakup against the Blue Raiders...Logged his first interception of the season versus MTSU when he picked off Patrick Honeycutt at the Memphis 19-yard line on the first play of the second quarter...Started his first career game against Tulane and broke up a touchdown attempt in the endzone on 3rd-and-13 from the Memphis 20...Green Wave had to settle for a field goal...Registered four tackles with a one tackle for loss in the game...Credited with a career-high 10 tackles with a pass breakup against East Carolina...Tallied four tackles against both Southern Miss and UAB...Registered his second interception of the season against SMU and had three tackles in the game, including one for a loss of two yards...Intercepted SMU's Justin Willis in the second quarter and made a four-yard return...Tallied two tackles in the New Orleans Bowl versus Florida Atlantic.

2006: Transferred to Memphis after playing two seasons at Auburn...Worked out with the team in fall 2006, but had to sit out because of NCAA transfer rules.

Auburn University: Played in 11 games in 2005 for the Tigers...Totaled four tackles as a sophomore, all of which were solo stops...Recorded an interception and returned the pick eight yards against Ball State...Considered one of Auburn's top special teams players in 2004...Blocked a punt on Tennessee's opening drive that allowed Auburn to start its first drive on its own 45-yard line...Recorded four tackles against Mississippi State and recovered a fumble and totaled three solo tackles in first career game against Louisiana-Monroe...Named the Coaches' Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Mississippi State...Missed three games with a hamstring injury.

Prep: Was a three-year starter on defense for Coach Ricky Seale at Thompson High...Missed five games as a senior with injuries, but still finished with 60 tackles, eight tackles for loss and four sacks...Totaled 97 tackles, five sacks and four interceptions as a junior...Was an all-state, all-county and all-Super Metro selection...Selected by the Montgomery Advertiser to its Elite 11 team...Huntsville Times also selected him to its Elite 11 team...Was a Super Senior selection by the Birmingham News... Also named to Mobile Register's Elite 18 and Super Southeast teams...Was a PrepStar All-American and Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100...Rated by TheInsiders.com as Southeast Top 25 and eighth-ranked safety nationally...Was considered one of top three safeties by Rivals.com... Ranked one of the top two players in Alabama by SuperPrep...Also played basketball and averaged 15 points and seven rebounds.

Personal: Tony Bell is the son of Noah and Theresa Bell...Born December 26, 1984.

Bell's Career Highs Most Tackles: 10 vs. ECU (`07) Most Solo Tackles: 5 vs. ECU (`07) Most Assisted Tackles: 5 vs. ECU (`07) Most Tackles for Loss: 1, four times, last vs. SMU (`07) Most Pass Breakups: 1, four times, last vs. East Carolina (`07) Most Forced Fumbles: 1 vs. UCF (`07) Most Interceptions: 1 vs. MTSU, SMU (`07) Most Blocked Kicks: 1 vs. Jacksonville State (`07)

Bell's Career Defensive Statistics
2004* 10/0 9 0 9 0 1 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
2005* 11/0 4 0 4 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 1-8
2007 11/6 26 14 40 6 0 1 4.5-7 0-0 2-4
2008 8/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
Total 40/6 39 15 54 6 1 1 4.5-7 0-0 3-12
*-At Auburn

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