54  Marcus Bell
Marcus Bell

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Memphis, TN

High School:
Kingsbury HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 299

Position:
Nose Tackle


Received the Glenn Jones 12th Man Award for the 1999 season ... Returns for the 2000 season as the starter at nose tackle ... Is a three year letter winner for the Tigers ... Second leading tackler in `99 ...

1999: Was the Tiger starter at nose tackle throughout the 1999 season ... Became a team leader on defense ... Was named second team All-Conference USA in 1999 ... Finished the season as the team's second leading tackler ... Was credited with 55 solo stops and 30 assists ... Had 14 tackles for lost yardage (-31 yards) and four quarterback sacks (-11 yards) ... Also logged one pass interception, one blocked kick and one fumble recovery in addition to three quarterback hurries ... Opened the season with eight tackles in the Ole Miss game ... Had nine tackles including two for lost yardage and one quarterback sack in the Tigers' win over Arkansas State ... Registered double digit tackles with 13 in the Missouri contest ... Was the first double digit performance in his career ... Perhaps his finest outing of the season came against UAB when he recorded eight tackles (four solos and four assists) one fumble recovery and one pass interception ... Returned his interception two yards ... Both the interception and the fumble recovery set up points for the Tigers ... Had seven tackles, one quarterback sack and three tackles for lost yardage in the win over Tulane ... Registered another double digit outing against Army ... Had 13 tackles including four for lost yardage (-13 yards) and two quarterback sacks in Memphis' 14-10 win over the Cadets ... Was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for the Army game ... Ended the season with six stops, two tackles for lost yardage, a pass breakup and a blocked kick in the Cincinnati victory ...

1998: Played in all 11 games for the Tigers in 1998 ... Registered 44 tackles on the season including a season and career high nine tackles in the Tulane contest ... Had a season and career high five solo tackles against the Green Wave ... Recorded seven stops in the season opener against Ole Miss ... Registered three tackles and three quarterback hurries in Memphis' win over Cincinnati ... Finished the season with 44 total tackles including 22 solos ... Was the 10th leading tackler in 1998 despite not starting a game ...

1997: Lettered as a true freshman ... Was used as a defensive tackle throughout the season and was credited with 22 total tackles ... Also recorded three tackles for lost yardage and one quarterback sack ... Had a forced fumble in the Southern Mississippi contest which was returned by Manny Santibanez for a score ... Opened his freshman season with five tackles in the Mississippi State game ... Also registered five tackles in the Tigers' win over Louisville ... Was credited with three stops in the Tulane and Arkansas State games ... Was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team for his play in 1997 ...

Prep: Played both offensive and defensive tackle for Raymond Duke at Kingsbury High School ... Was named 1st team Associated Press All-State (3A) as a defensive linemen in 1996 ... Was named to the Tennessee Sportswriters 3A All-State Team (1st team) as an offensive tackle ... Was selected to the All-Tennessee Team (1st team) ... Named to the All-Region 8 3A Team as an offensive lineman ... Was credited with eight quarterback sacks in 1996 which led Kingsbury ... Helped Kingsbury to an 11-3 record in 1996 and a spot in the state playoffs ... Kingsbury was second in the region in defense allowing just 82.8 yards per game rushing and 147.8 yards per game in total offense ... Was rated as the 14th best prospect in the state of Tennessee by the Knoxville News Sentinel ... Was named to Street & Smith's preseason honorable mention All-America team in 1996 ... Was named to the 1995 All-Shelby Metro team (1st team) as a defensive lineman ...

Born: 6/1/79.

BELL'S STATISTICS

TacklesG/S UT AT Tot. FR Int TFLSack
19979/0111122003-141-9
199811/0222244001-10-0
199911/95530831114-315-20
Totals31/988631491118-466-29

BELL'S CAREER HIGHS
Most Tackles/Game: 13 vs Missouri ('99)
Most Solo Tackles/Game: 11 vs Army ('99)
Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 8 vs Missouri ('99)
Most Tackles for Loss/Game: 4 vs Army ('99)
Most Quarterback Sacks/Game: 2 vs Army ('99)
Most Blocked Kicks/Game: 1 vs Cincinnati (`99)
Most Pass Interceptions/Game: 1 vs UAB (`99)
Most Fumble Recoveries/Game: 1 vs UAB (`99)

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