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Charles Bell
Player Profile:
Charles Bell 1871865
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 230
Year: Senior
Hometown: Conestoga, Pa.
High School: Penn Manor
Major: Sport Management
Experience: 3 Letters

Fourth-year member of the squad as a senior • rare two-year captain for Blue Hens • will share captain duties with Troy Reeder, Brody Kern, Bilal Nichols, Joe Walker, and Kyle Yocum • preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association selection by league head coaches and media relations directors • rated as one of the top linebackers in the nation at the NCAA FCS level • strong All-Colonial Athletic Association and All-American candidate • will be a third-year starter and will man the inside "Mike" linebacker spot alongside Reeder • tough, hard-hitting linebacker with great sense for the game and nose for the ball • has played in 34 career games with 22 starts and recorded 217 tackles (92 solo), three sacks, 20 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, two interceptions, and four pass breakups • ranks No. 17 in career tackles among active FCS players • looking to lead team in tackles for the third straight year and would become just the fourth UD player to accomplish that and first since current Detroit Lions linebacker Paul Worrilow in 2010-12 • needs 83 tackles to become just the 19th player in UD history to reach the 300 mark • two-time all-conference selection who could become just the fourth linebacker in UD history to earn all-league honors three times in a career (Dan Mulhern, Brian McKenna, Worrilow).

Third-year starter at middle linebacker and a team co-captain • led team in tackles for the second straight year • anchored defense that ranked No. 6 in the Colonial Athletic Association in total defense (349.7 yards allowed per game) • lone Delaware player on the ECAC All-East team (first team) • earned first team All-CAA honors • earned Baker-Taylor Trophy as the squad's UD Alumni Association Most Valuable Player • Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week vs. Stony Brook and Villanova • started all 11 games and led team with 94 tackles (38 solo) • also recorded a sack, 11.5 tackles for loss, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, had an interception, and broke up two other passes • ranked No. 4 in the CAA in tackles (8.5 per game) and was No. 5 in tackles for loss (11.5) • recorded 10 or more tackles four times with a career-high 13 each vs. Maine, Towson, and Villanova • had 11 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss vs. Stony Brook • forced a fumble vs. Villanova and returned a fumble 33 yards vs. Stony Brook • intercepted a pass 11 yards vs. Towson.

Earned second team All-CAA honors • anchored the Delaware defense all season from his middle linebacker spot • led a unit that ranked No. 5 in the CAA and 24th in the NCAA in total defense (329.2) and was No. 3 in both rushing defense (123.5/17th in NCAA) and scoring defense (20.5/22nd in NCAA) • led the team with 96 tackles (team-high 39 solo stops) while adding 1.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, one interception, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery • had a career-high 11 tackles four times - vs. North Carolina, Rhode Island, Towson, and Albany • had 1.5 sacks vs. Rhode Island • intercepted first career pass vs. Lafayette (21 yards), recovered a fumble vs. Elon and forced one vs. North Carolina • ranked No. 4 in the CAA and 59th in the NCAA in tackles (8.7 per game) • Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week vs. North Carolina • carried out the U.S. Flag in season finale vs. Elon.

Backup middle linebacker for the Blue Hens behind senior David Mackall • played in all 12 games and also saw action on special teams • recorded 27 tackles (15 solo) on the season, including 5.5 tackles for loss (11 yards) and a half-sack • recorded season-high five tackles vs. Towson and added four vs. William & Mary and three each vs. Villanova and Delaware State • had two tackles for loss vs. No. 6 Villanova and was in on a sack against No. 1 New Hampshire.

Two-year, two-way starter at linebacker and running back at Penn Manor High School for head coach Todd Mealy • earned a host of accolades as a senior when he was named Lancaster-Lebanon League Player of the Year as well as the Linebacker of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and Back of the Year • team captain • was first team All-LLC on offense and defense and an honorable mention choice at punter • earned second team all-league honors at linebacker as a junior • led team to a two-year record of 19-5 that included two trips to the district playoffs • team went 9-3 and advanced to the third round of the district playoffs in 2013 and went 10-2 and advanced to the second round in 2012 • began his high school career at Lancaster Catholic High School as a sophomore when he earned honorable mention all-section honors and led the Crusaders to the state AA title for head coach Bruce Harbach • for his entire high school career, tallied 361 total tackles, 15.5 sacks, and four interceptions to go with 2,103 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing • posted 128 tackles and rushed for 1,492 yards and 22 TDs and caught four TD passes as a senior in 2013 • had 136 tackles and rushed for 611 yards and 10 TDs as a junior in 2012 • recorded 97 tackles, including 7.5 sacks, as a sophomore at Lancaster Catholic in 2011.

Charles Jackson Bell • born May 12, 1995 • son of Jeffery Bell • has an older sister • has worked as a roofer during the summer • sport management major at Delaware. 


Year G/S Tackles (Solo)
2016  11/11  94 (38) 1.0-4/11.5-24  1/1 1/3
2015 11/11 96 (39) 1.5-16/3-18 1/1 1/1
2014 12/0 27 (15)
0.5-3 / 5.5-11 0/0 0/0
TOTALS 34/22 217 (92)
3-23/ 20-53

Tackles: 13 vs. Towson, Maine, Villanova, 2016; 11 vs. North Carolina, Rhode Island, Towson, Albany, James Madison, 2015
Interceptions: 1 vs. Lafayette, 2015; vs. Towson, 2016

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