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ALL-AMERICAN TONY BELL WILL JOIN BLAST

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Memphis, Tenn- The Memphis Blast Pro Football Team is proud to announce that  All-American Tony Bell from the University of Tennessee-Martin has committed  and reported camp ,to play strong safety/LB in 2016 in the Gridiron Developmental Football League he will play his first game this weekend as the Blast travel to St.Louis to take on the Bulldogs.

Tony Bell, who played linebacker throughout his career at UTM, was named as an All-American linebacker in 2013 and 2014 by four different media outlets (Associated Press, College Sports Madness, Beyond Sports Network and The Sports Network). It was his second consecutive year earning All-American honors.

A leader on his team and one of the most accomplished linebackers in the nation, Bell registered 76 tackles (21 for a loss and including eight sacks), five pass break-ups, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and an interception. In a game against Jacksonville State, Bell also registered a 24-yard fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown.

In his Skyhawk career, Bell accumulated 237 tackles, 45 tackles for loss, a program-record 22.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions.

The Memphis, Tennessee native will be one of the more talented free agents competing in the GDFL during the 2016 season. In May, the Cincinnati Bengals signed him as an undrafted free agent at Linebacker. Read more ……

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The Former UT-Martin Skyhawk’s player that Mark Stoops, Head Coach University of Kentucky compared him to Bud Dupree. Here’s what Stoops had to say about the linebacker:

“They have a great defensive player, No. 40, the linebacker, an exceptional player. He’s a really good football player,” Stoops said of Bell. “He can play anywhere in the country. Really like the way he plays […] he’s a great pass‑rusher as well. Like Bud in that area. Bud is an outside backer, obviously much bigger. But he’s like Bud in that he’s comfortable on his feet, got great instincts, he’s an extremely good pass‑rusher. He’s a mismatch for some people on the edge.”

In 2014, UT-Martin’s talented linebacker forced and recovered three fumbles, recorded 10.5 sacks, and tallied 80 total tackles en route to being named an all-American by the Associated Press, College Sports Madness, Beyond Sports Network and Phil Steele himself.

In 2014, Tony Bell was also named to the Buck Buchanan watch list which is awarded to the best defensive player in FCS.

Memphis Blast General Manager Lazarus Settle states, “The Memphis Blast are excited to bring in another talented athlete which will help them reach their ultimate goal, a National Championship in 2016 “.

 

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