AT COLORADO: This Season (Soph.)-Fully recovered from knee surgery, he looks to return and bolster the depth at safety while also competing for a starting job. He missed spring drills as he continued rehabilitation from knee surgery.
2011 (Soph.-RS)-Redshirted due to injury; he entered the fall listed third at right cornerback and with most spots and the nickel back up for grabs, he figured into the mix at both safety and cornerback. But in the third practice (Aug. 6), he suffered a knee injury (torn ACL), underwent surgery (Aug. 26) and was lost for the season.
2010 (Fr.)-He saw action in all 12 games, eight on defense including one start (versus Baylor). In 54 plays from scrimmage, he posted 11 tackles, seven solo, with the bulk coming in the Baylor game when he racked up nine, seven of which were unassisted. He also added five tackles, four solo, on special teams coverage duty, and was one of just seven true freshmen to play for the Buffs in the 2010 season.
HIGH SCHOOL- He was ranked the No. 34 defensive back in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 99 player from the state of California. He was also ranked the No. 95 cornerback by Scout.com and No. 97 cornerback by ESPN. He earned All-California Interscholastic Federation honors and All-Mt. Baldy League honors for Colony High School as a senior under coach Anthony Rice, helping the team to a 10-2 record and the Mt. Baldy League championship. He is a four-year letterman and helped Colony to a 39-12 record in his four years, including three league titles and two CIF championships during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He recorded 47 tackles as a senior and also had five interceptions and 10 pass break-ups. He recovered one fumble and also had two punt returns for 63 yards with a long of 51 yards against Paloma Valley. He lists that game as one of his most memorable games, as he had a key interception return that, along with the punt return, set up touchdowns in a 21-6 win in the first round of the playoffs. Another memorable game came one week later in the second round of the playoffs. Despite falling 21-17 to Upland, he recorded six tackles and had one interception even though Upland was not throwing to his side of the field. As a junior, he also played running back and earned second team All-Mt. Baldy League honors. He rushed 59 times for 505 yards and four touchdowns and caught three passes for 14 yards. Defensively, he came up with 31 tackles and three interceptions and also had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. His most memorable game that season came against Don Lugo, when he rushed nine times for 149 yards and a touchdown and also had two interceptions on defense. He saw spot duty in a back-up role as a freshman and sophomore for the varsity, and as a sophomore he had nine tackles and returned one kick for 12 yards. He also lettered in track & field for four years at Colony and was a CIF finalist as a junior in the 110-meter hurdles. He also participates in the 200- and 300-meter hurdles. He ran the 100-meter dash one time and was clocked in 10.6 seconds.
ACADEMICS-He is majoring in Sociology at Colorado as he is interested in a post-football career in law enforcement.
PERSONAL-He was born January 19, 1992 in Pasadena, Calif. His dad, Richard Bell, was a wing back at Nebraska and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1990 NFL draft, where he played for one season as a running back. His mother's cousin is former Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry, who won four World Series titles with the New York Mets and New York Yankees and was an eight-time All-Star during his 17-year career.
ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 4,1—5 (2010).