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Joique Bell

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 220 | College: Wayne State (MI)
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Bell has rushed for 2,000-plus yards in each of the past two seasons. That's impressive at any level of football. For his 2,084-yard, 29-touchdown effort in 2009, he won the Harlon Hill Award Trophy as the best player in Division II.

Bell exploded onto the scene with 2,065 yards in his redshirt freshman year, earning the AFCA All-American status he also received in 2009. In between those historic bookend seasons, he managed mortal-like numbers (1,427 yards in 2007 and 1,152 in 2008), giving him 6,728 rushing yards and 89 touchdowns for his career in addition to 79 receptions for 918 yards and eight more scores. His total all-purpose yardage (8,055, which includes 409 return yards) and scoring total put him ninth and fifth in NCAA history in any division.

The four-time first-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection dominated at a lower level of competition and has some ball security issues. He also failed to put up a great 40 at the Combine (4.68). But his shuttle times were on par with quick back Jahvid Best in Indy, and scouts see a lot of good things in his game that any successful NFL back needs: strength, balance, effort and enough speed to hit holes quickly. Don't be surprised if his name is called relatively early on draft Saturday.


Inside: Well-developed upper and lower bodies give him strength to get tough yards inside. Sidesteps penetrating defenders, able to find a hole and accelerate to it. Presses the line but has the good vision to bounce a play outside when the B-gap closes. Will push the pile near the goal line and keep fighting for yards after contact.

Outside: Patient runner who could succeed in a zone scheme. Very good balance and will spin off a tackle or put his hand down to keep himself upright. Runs with the ball in either hand, although he can get a bit loose with it in the open field (four fumbles in '09). Has the speed to get to the corner against Division II defenses but will have a harder time doing so against NFL competition. Lacks breakaway speed or a second gear once in the open, but smaller defenders have a tough time tracking him down without the perfect angle.

Breaking tackles: Strong runner in trash who keeps legs churning until he's on the ground. Runs with a lean that prevents straight-on collisions and makes smaller defenders bounce off him. Tough for defensive backs to bring down in the open field and can leap over cut tackles. Can jump high over the pile near the goal line or dive into the end zone from a few yards out.

Blocking: Will need to prove himself in pass protection, as he has limited experience and hasn't faced NFL-caliber defenders coming after quarterback. Effort is there, however, and he has the low center of gravity and strength to stand his ground.

Receiving: Usually catches the ball with his hands, although the pace on those passes isn't NFL-caliber. Typically used on screens and throws into the flat, but is willing to run crossing patterns and make catches in traffic. Good vision and toughness after the catch, but faster, stronger NFL defenders will be more difficult to avoid in the open field.

Intangibles: Highly regarded among his teammates and coaches as an unselfish leader by example. Came from tough childhood in a very poor Michigan town to succeed. On schedule to graduate with a Criminal Justice degree.

2009 Season

Bell, the 2009 Harlon Hill Trophy Winner, became the first AFCA All-American in school history in 2006, led all four NCAA divisions in rushing yards per game (189.45), scoring (17.5 points per game) and all-purpose yards (217.5 per game) at the conclusion of the D-II regular season.

2008 Season

Voted to the All-GLIAC First Team and the Daktronics All-Region Second Team … selected WSU's Offensive MVP … gained over 100 yards in six of the last seven games … played in all 11 games starting 10 times … rushed for a game-high 74 yards at Saginaw Valley … led WSU with five receptions at SVSU … had a team-high in receiving yards vs. Indianapolis … became WSU's career leader in all-purpose yards in Findlay game … rushed for a game-high 69 yards and two touchdowns at UF … rushed a game-high 128 yards and a touchdown vs. Tiffin … rushed for one TD and passed for another at Ashland … had 174 rushing yards and one touchdown vs. Northern Michigan … also had 84 receiving yards and a touchdown … rushed for two touchdowns and a game-high 140 yards vs. Hillsdale … became WSU's all-time leading rusher on first play of fourth quarter … rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns at Northwood to earn GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors … became the GLIAC's all-time leading scorer … also threw one pass for 43 yards … rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown against Grand Valley … finished 21st nationally in rushing average (104.7 yards per game) and 41st in all-purpose yards (125.3) … was third in the GLIAC in TD's (13) and carries (218) and fourth in rushing yards (1152) … led WSU with 20 receptions (first WSU player since Joe Gough in 1993 to lead the team in rushing yards and receptions) … served as a team captain … selected WSU's Offensive Player of the Week four times … was a pre-season All-American by The Sporting News and a First Team Pre-Season All-America by D2Football.com.

2007 Season

Voted Honorable Mention All-American by D2Football.com … selected to the Daktronics All-Northwest Region First Team … named to the Hansen's Football Gazette All-Northwest Region Second Team as the all-purpose back … voted GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year and First Team All-GLIAC … selected WSU's Offensive Most Valuable Player … pre-season All-American by Street and Smith … Second Team All-Division II pre-season selection by Lindy's and D2Football.com … listed as a player to watch by USA Today on August 23 … played in all 11 games starting 10 times … rushed for a game-high 162 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries vs. Michigan Tech … his 255 all-purpose yards against the Huskies was the 11th-highest total in school history … eight rushes went for a first down … gained 80 yards on 25 carries at St. Joseph's … also had a 25-yard touchdown reception … recorded 270 all-purpose yards at Mercyhurst including a school-record five touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving) … 30 points in one game was a WSU record and tied the GLIAC best for 2007 … his 44 rushing attempts at MC was the most in the GLIAC in 2007 … rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns against Findlay to move into second place on WSU's all-time rushing list … had a game-high 131 rushing yards versus Grand Valley … rushed for four touchdowns and a game-high 159 yards against Gannon … went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season (and 3,000 for career) at Hillsdale as he gained 135 yards on 29 carries … also had a career-high five receptions at HC … with two rushing touchdowns at HC became the first player in WSU history with back-to-back 100-point seasons … rushed for a game-high 151 yards and four touchdowns at Indianapolis … also threw a 68-yard TD pass to earn GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors … tied WSU record with 90-yard TD run at UI (also longest in the GLIAC in 2007) … rushed for two touchdowns and had a TD reception vs. Northwood … gained 175 yards on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns at Ashland … was the fourth game this year with four rushing touchdowns (only accomplished five other times in the GLIAC in 2007) … scored a rushing touchdown in the first 10 games … led all GLIAC running backs in attempts, rushing yards, yards per game and rushing touchdowns … was second in the GLIAC and 13th nationally in all-purpose yards (165.7 per game) … won the GLIAC scoring title by 58 points (168-110) … was responsible for 29 of WSU's 42 offensive touchdowns … 1,427 rushing yards was the third-highest mark in school history and was 13th in NCAA Division II in 2007 … tied the GLIAC single-season league points record of 156 set by Grand Valley's David Kircus in 2001 … his 1,823 all-purpose yards was the fifth-best mark in WSU history … one of 24 candidates nationally for the Harlon Hill Trophy … finished third in NCAA Division II in scoring at 15.3 points per game … was 13th nationally in rushing yards per game (129.7) … three-time WSU Offensive Player of the Week selection.

2006 Season

Named to the AFCA All-America Team … selected to the Daktronics, Inc., Hansen's Football Gazette and D2Football.com All-America Second Teams … named to the AP Little All-America Third Team … voted GLIAC Freshman of the Year and Offensive Back of the Year in voting by the league's coaches … a semifinalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy … voted to the Daktronics, Inc. All-Northwest Region First Team as well as the Hansen's Football Gazette All-Northwest Region First Team … named to the CollegeSportsReport.com All-America Second Team … selected WSU's Offensive Most Valuable Player and also the squad's Offensive Rookie of the Year … named to the All-GLIAC First Team … selected GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 176 yards and two touchdowns in Sept. 2 win at Michigan Tech in his collegiate debut … named D2Football.com, Hansen's Football Gazette and GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 318 yards and four touchdowns (386 all-purpose yards) in the win over Mercyhurst … selected GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time after rushing 51 times for 278 yards and four touchdowns in the Warriors 41-26 win over Hillsdale … became just the 14th player in NCAA Division II history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season … set the NCAA Division II freshman rushing record (Johnny Bailey of Texas A&I had 2,011 in 1986) … finished second in NCAA Division II with 187.7 rushing yards per game, 2,065 rushing yards and 223.8 all-purpose yards per game, third in scoring per game (12.5 points) and 51st in total offense per game (191.4) … set WSU single-season records for rushing yards (2,065), rushing touchdowns (22), all-purpose yards (2,462), touchdowns (23) and points (138) … set GLIAC league games mark for all-purpose yards and rushing yards … wore No. 33 …

2005 Season

Did not dress for any games … was redshirted … named Scout Offensive Player of the Week for the Northwood and Hillsdale games and Scout Co-Offensive Player of the Week for the Findlay game.

High School

A 2005 graduate of Benton Harbor … was a First Team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection in 2004 after rushing for 1,171 yards and 13 touchdowns on 124 attempts … passed for 1,036 yards and seven touchdowns … completed 53 of 125 passes for coach Larry Featherstone … had a 95-yard kickoff return against Dowagiac … also made 32 tackles and recorded three interceptions as a defensive back … played basketball for the Tigers helping the team to a 19-3 record in 2003-04 … competed in the 110m hurdles at the 2004 state track meet running a 15.17 … also participated in baseball … placed seventh in the 110m hurdles (14.9) at the 2005 state track meet … helped basketball squad to a 23-1 mark, a No. 1 ranking in the state and 11th in the country … selected Berrien County Male Athlete of the Year … served as a team captain in football, baseball and track.


Full name--Joique D. Bell, Jr. … born August 4, 1986, in Benton Harbor … son of Althea Gaddy and Joique Bell, Sr. … has one sister, Ambie … is majoring in criminal justice … named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (term gpa 3.5+) for Winter 2007.


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