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Brandon Bell
LB #52
Height:
6-1
Weight:
230
Age:
22
College:
Penn State
Hometown:
Mays Landing, NJ
Experience:
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      A leader and tackling machine in four seasons at Penn State, Bell looks to be the latest college free agent LB to earn a spot on Bengals’ roster ... Totaled 224 career tackles, including 27 for losses ... Was second on the team in 2016 with 75 tackles, despite missing four games mid-year due to injury ... Played his best in big games, logging double-digit tackles in 2016 wins over Ohio State (18) and Michigan State (18), as well as in the team’s comeback win over Wisconsin (13) in the Big Ten Championship.

      A leader and tackling machine in four seasons at Penn State, Bell looks to be the latest college free agent LB to earn a spot on Bengals’ roster ... Totaled 224 career tackles, including 27 for losses ... Was second on the team in 2016 with 75 tackles, despite missing four games mid-year due to injury ... Played his best in big games, logging double-digit tackles in 2016 wins over Ohio State (18) and Michigan State (18), as well as in the team’s comeback win over Wisconsin (13) in the Big Ten Championship.

 

     Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-5-17.

 

     College highlights: Played in 42 games, with 32 starts ... Totaled 224 tackles, including 27 for losses, with 11.5 sacks, four INTs, seven forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. 2016—Honorable mention all-Big Ten (coaches and media) ... Team captain ... Started 10 games, but missed four mid-year due to injury ... Totaled 88 tackles, including two 18-tackle efforts ... Recorded 7.5 tackles for losses, including four sacks, with two INTs, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles ... After missing four games due to injury, returned to lineup in upset win vs. Ohio State and recorded 18 tackles, including first-quarter sack, and had a pass breakup ... Performance vs. Ohio State earned him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Bednarik Award Player of the Week ... In win at Indiana, recorded eight tackles, including 2.5 for losses, with a fourth-quarter sack, and forced a fumble that was recovered by PSU and returned for a TD ... Tied career high with 18 tackles in win vs. Michigan State, and added one pass breakup ... His 13 tackles in Big Ten Championship Game comeback win vs. Wisconsin tied the conference title game’s record, and he also added a forced fumble and pass breakup ... In Rose Bowl vs. USC, logged a tackle and an INT, which he returned 24 yards to the three-yard line to set up a TD, before leaving game with an injury. 2015—Started 11 games, missing two due to injury ... Totaled 65 tackles, including 12.5 for losses, with 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery and an INT ... Seven tackles vs. Temple, including 2.5 for losses, with a sack/fumble ... Six tackles vs. Maryland, including 3.5 for losses and a sack, and forced a fumble in the fourth quarter with Maryland driving to take lead ... Five tackles vs. Michigan, including a strip/sack in which he also recovered the fumble ... Recorded game-high 11 tackles in TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Georgia. 2014—Played in 11 games, with 10 starts ... Totaled 47 tackles, including seven for losses, with two sacks, three pass breakups and one INT. 2013—Played in 10 games, with one start ... Totaled 24 tackles and one forced fumble, along with six special teams tackles ... Made first career start in win at Wisconsin and totaled six tackles, along with a hit on QB Joel Stave that helped force an interception.

 

     High school: Attended Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, N.J. (outside Atlantic City) ... Four-year letterman ... Totaled 309 career tackles at linebacker and 1000 yards rushing at RB ... Recorded 112 tackles, two sacks, four forced fumbles and an INT as a senior, en route to being named All-South Jersey First Team.

 

     Personal: Hometown is Mays Landing, N.J. ... Communications major at Penn State.

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