|18 Mitchell Bell
Career Notes: Started 30 of his 42 career games including a string of 22-straight which was snapped in the 2010 regular season finale ... Finished his four-year career with 217 career tackles including 134 solo stops and eight tackles for loss ... Scored a pair of defensive touchdowns with a fumble return at Gardner-Webb as a senior and a pick-six during his sophomore season ... Broke up 17 passes ... Recorded seven interceptions including five as a sophomore.
2010 (Senior): Started all 10 games in which he played, missing the season finale at Elon ... Finished with a team-best 82 tackles including 47 solo stops to rank sixth in the Southern Conference ... Recorded double-digit tackles four times in his final season ... Named second team All-Southern Conference by the league's head coaches ... Recovered and returned a fumble 45 yards to help spark the road win over Gardner-Webb ... Garnered the team's weekly defensive MVP honor after matching his career-best with a 14-tackle performance against Samford ... Was a preseason first team All-Southern Conference selection at defensive back.
2009 (Junior): Started all 11 games in the WCU defensive secondary at a safety position ... Was one of just three defenders to start every game ... Ranked tied for fourth on the team - and 20th in the Southern Conference - in total tackles with 67 including 45 solo stops and a career-best 3.5 tackles for loss ... Additionally ranked 15th in the SoCon with a team-best six passes defended including five break-ups and one interception ... Amassed a then career-best 11 tackles in the season-opener at Vanderbilt ... Surpasses that total with a career-high 14 tackles at nationally-ranked Appalachian State ... Recorded a career-high two tackles for a combined eight yards in losses in the home win over The Citadel.
2008 (Sophomore): Played in 12 games making nine appearances in the starting lineup, all at free safety ... Ranked fourth on the team with 60 total hits including 37 unassisted tackles and two for losses ... Was named second team All-Southern Conference on the defensive side by both the league's head coaches and the SoCon Sports Media Association (SCSMA) ... Led the team and ranked tied for second in the Southern Conference with five interceptions ... Also recovered two fumbles and blocked a kick for eight takeaways all told ... Made his first career start at Florida State as the free safety, finishing with three tackles ... Had two takeaways at The Citadel - pouncing on a fumble and making his first-career interception as WCU's second pick of the season ... Tallied his second career INT versus Georgia Southern, returning it 32 yards to set up a WCU score ... Returned a second half interception a career-long 55 yards for his first career touchdown at Elon.
2007 (Freshman): Played in nine of Western's 11 games on the season ... Finished with eight total tackles on the year including five solo stops ... Posted a then career-high five tackles, including one for loss, against The Citadel.
Prior to Western: Was a three-year varsity letter winner that recorded 169 career tackles, including 105 solo stops ... Earned All-Middle Georgia, All-Region and All-State accolades as a senior posting 64 tackles and a pair of interceptions ... Was named second-team All-Middle Georgia as a junior with 64 total tackles and six sacks ... Received the "Hustle Award" on the Region 4-A State Championship team (15-0).