Tag:Nick Bell
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:52 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Uekman honored as part of SEC All-Freshman team

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The SEC released its 2011 All-Freshman team Thursday afternoon, and took the opportunity to honor the memory of Arkansas redshirt freshman tight end Garrett Uekman. 

Uekman, who was found dead in his dorm room Nov. 20, was named the All-Freshman team's "Honorary Captain." The league similarly named late Mississippi State defensive lineman Nick Bell the All-SEC honorary captain after his battle with cancer in 2010.

Uekman was one of four Razorbacks named to the team, alongside defensive end Trey Flowers, corner Tevin Mitchel and receiver/returner Marquel Wade. The team is headlined by the coaches' selection for SEC Freshman of the Year, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

The full team:
OFFENSE

TE - Malcolm Johnson, Mississippi State

OL -  A.J. Cann, South Carolina

        Marcus Jackson, Tennessee

        Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

        Chaz Green, Florida

C -  Reese Dismukes, Auburn

WR -  Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

         Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

QB – Maxwell Smith, Kentucky

RB –  Isaiah Crowell, Georgia

         Kenny Hilliard, LSU

AP -  Bruce Ellington, South Carolina


DEFENSE


DL - Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

       Trey Flowers, Arkansas

       Anthony Johnson, LSU

       Kaleb Eulls, Mississippi State 

LB - A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

       Curt Maggitt, Tennessee

       Serderius Bryant, Ole Miss

DB - Brian Randolph, Tennessee

        Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama

        Pop Saunders, Florida

        Tevin Mitchel, Arkansas


SPECIAL TEAMS


PK - James Hairston, LSU  

P -    Brad Wing, LSU 

RS – Marquel Wade, Arkansas
Posted on: January 1, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Bowl Grades: Gator Bowl

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Mississippi State crushed an overmatched, undermanned Michigan defense, 52-14.

Mississippi State

Offense: Quarterback Chris Relf wore #36 in honor of teammate Nick Bell , who passed away this season after battling skin cancer. He most certainly represented Bell admirably today, rolling up 281 yards on 18-23 passing and throwing three touchdowns. Michigan's secondary essentially had no answer for anything MSU wanted to do on offense. The Bulldogs' rushing attack was good for over 200 yards, even though it only gained 3.5 yards a pop. But above all else, MSU scored 52 points and gave Michigan its worst bowl beating ever. Grade: A

Defense: The MSU defensive performance basically defined "bend but don't break" today; Michigan gained 16 first downs and over 300 yards of offense, but only scored 14 points (all in the first quarter) and gave the ball up twice -- not including the partially blocked punt that gave TCU the ball on the Michigan 29. Only Ohio State held the Wolverines to fewer points this year. Grade: B+

Coaching: Dan Mullen went 5-5 on fourth downs in this game. 5-5! These weren't do-or-die situations, either; Mississippi State did beat Michigan by 38 points, after all. His team stayed aggressive even after it was garbage time, shutting Michigan out in the last three quarters. Right now, Mullen looks to be worth every penny of the $10.6 million he figures to make over the next four years. Grade: A

Michigan

Offense: Michigan actually started the game on a roll, and led 14-10 at one point. Then Denard Robinson threw an interception, and things quickly went downhill. Robinson accounted for over 300 yards once again, but as per usual, the rest of the team didn't contribute much. Roy Roundtree and Martavious Odoms both looked solid at receiver, and both figure to be weapons next year. The Wolverines definitely missed Tate Forcier (ineligible) in the second half, when passing became the highest priority. Grade: B-

Defense: Statistically, this is the worst defense in Michigan history. This was Michigan's worst defensive performance in a bowl game ever. Greg Robinson should not only be fired, he should never coach defense in college football ever again. Michigan's defense was awful, wretched, putrid, horrific, horrible, and horrendous in every respect of the game. Grade: A new, worse grade than F should be invented and given to Michigan's defense

Coaching: Rich Rodriguez may have gotten himself fired with this one game. There were a litany of problems associated with Michigan's preparation and execution, as the 38-point margin would indicate, but let's just point this out: Michigan went 0-5 on fourth downs. Denard Robinson threw an incomplete pass on all of them. Robinson is the most feared rushing quarterback in college football this year; why is Rodriguez making him stand still and throw on every single fourth down? Use his legs, for crying out loud! Grade: F

Final Grade

This was not a good game for anybody but Mississippi State fans. It's great to see Dan Mullen breathe life into the historically inferior program, but it became quickly apparent in the second half that Michigan is just a mess. If it's Rich Rodriguez's last game on the Michigan sidelines, it's disappointing, but fitting. Grade: D

Posted on: December 29, 2010 12:16 pm
 

Chris Relf to honor Nick Bell in Gator Bowl

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this season Mississippi State lost defensive end Nick Bell to cancer.  Bell had been diagnosed with the disease in late September after experiencing headaches, and had surgery to remove a mass from his brain on October 1.  Just over a month later, on November 2, Bell would lose his battle with the disease.

It's a tragic story for Mississippi State, but the team was able to overcome its grief and finish the season 8-4 to earn a trip to the Gator Bowl.  A bowl game in which the team and quarterback Chris Relf will honor their fallen teammate.  

During the Gator Bowl, Relf won't be wearing the number 14 he usually wears, but will don the #36 jersey instead.  The same jersey that belonged to Bell.

Head coach Dan Mullen said he got the idea from numerous emails he received from fans asking the coach if Relf could wear the number during the game, and when he presented the emails to Relf, the quarterback was all too happy to agree.
Posted on: December 6, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 5:20 pm
 

Syracuse punter Rob Long to have tumor removed

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

In a college football season that's already seen Eric LeGrand paralyzed at Rutgers and Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell pass away at age 20 after battling cancer, maybe we should be thankful the terrible news today regarding Syracuse punter Rob Long isn't worse already:
[Long] will not participate in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl due to surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Long notified the Syracuse University sports medicine staff that he had been experiencing headaches for the past several weeks. An MRI performed on December 2, 2010 revealed the benign tumor that will require imminent surgery.
Long will, obviously, miss the practices leading up to the bowl as well, and as a senior, his Orange career has come to an end. One of the many shames in this situation is that he will not be able to participate in what would have been the only bowl game of his and his fellow Syracuse seniors' careers. And however badly he'll be missed on the punting unit -- at 43.3 yards an attempt, he will go down ranked second in school history in punting average -- his absence will be felt even moreso in the locker room, where Long is a captain, popular teammate, and longtime 'Cuse fan favorite. (Syracuse blogger Sean Keeley writes that there's "probably some truth " to the idea that Long has been the team's MVP over the past few years.)

But clearly nothing football-related matters a bit next to a full recovery for Long from his upcoming surgery. The College Football Blog 's thoughts go with him as we wish him the speediest recovery possible.


Posted on: November 2, 2010 11:56 am
Edited on: November 2, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Miss. St. DE Nick Bell has passed away

Posted Jerry Hinnen

Terrible news out of Starkville yesterday , as Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen revealed in a statement that Bulldog defensive end Nick Bell had suffered a serious setback in his battle against cancer.

Bell, a sophomore from Bessemer, Ala., played in six games this season for State but had a mass removed from his brain Oct. 1 that was believed to be related to an earlier skin growth removed two years ago. This past weekend, Mullen said, doctors found that the cancer had metastasized and Bell underwent emergency surgery Monday morning in Birmingham. Some 50 Bulldogs players and coaches drove to UAB hospital last night to visit him.

As of this morning there's been no official word on Bell's condition, although the Twitter feed of teammate Johnthan Banks has many fearing the worst. The CBS College Football Blog extends our thoughts and deepest sympathies to Bell's family and everyone connected with the Mississippi State football program during this difficult time.

UPDATE: Though this morning's whispers about Bell's passing may have been premature and factually incorrect, they were sadly prescient: this afternoon Mississippi State announced that Bell has passed away from his illness. He was 20. Mullen:
“This is a tragedy for Nick’s family, our football program, our community and everyone who had the privilege to meet and be around Nick Bell ... Nick was a son and a brother to our football family and I know he will continue to look over us from heaven. Nick lived his life like a champion and will always be remembered in our hearts that way. During this impossible time, we pray for Nick’s family and all those he has touched.”
The loss must be a devastating one for the Bulldog program, not only for Bell's character and quality as a person, but for the swiftness with which the disease attacked; as recently as Sept. 25 Bell took the field against Georgia and only 10 days ago he was watching his team take on UAB from the State sideline.

We again express our sincerest condolences and sympathis to Bell's family and anyone impacted by this terrible loss.

 
 
 
 
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