Bell named to FCS preseason All-America list
Gateway graduate Dorian Bell, a senior linebacker at Duquesne University and one of three Northeast Conference players named to the 2012 The Sports Network postseason All-American team, has been named a first team preseason Football Championship Subdivision All-American by TSN.
Bell, a third-year Ohio State transfer, became just the fourth Duquesne player to be named an FCS All-American by The Sports Network when he was honored on the third team last season.
A first-team All-NEC pick in 2012, Bell posted double-digit tackles for six consecutive weeks before suffering a hand injury that sidelined him for the last two games of the season.
A two-time NEC Defensive Player of the Week, Bell led Duquesne in tackles in 2012 with 92, including a team-best 54 solo stops, and in tackles for a loss (12). The tackles behind the line of scrimmage included a team-high 6.5 sacks.
He also forced three fumbles.
This all came despite Bell missing three games.
His 11.5 tackles per game would have led the NEC and ranked tied for eighth nationally had he met the NCAA minimum requirement for games played – 75 percent of a team's total.
Bell is one of three NEC players selected TSN preseason All-Americans.
He joins Bryant senior receiver Jordan Harris (second team) and Central Connecticut State all-purpose junior Rob Hollomon (third team).
Bell is the first Duquesne player to be named to the preseason first team.
The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-American Team consists of 98 players from 59 schools over three teams. The Missouri Valley led all conferences with 17 selections, followed by the Southern Conference and Colonial Athletic Association with 15 each.
North Dakota State, the 2012 NCAA FCS National Champion, placed three players on the first team, one on the second team and one on the third team.
Eleven players on the preseason first team were selected to the 2012 FCS All-America first team.
Another 24 from the second and third teams are back as well, marking the second straight year in which 35 players returned to the following season's preseason team.
The Sports Network All-America Team will be announced after the regular season in mid-December.
Duquesne finished the 2012 season 5-6 overall and 3-5 (tied for sixth) in the Northeast Conference. The Dukes suffered four consecutive losses — none by more than seven points.
The Dukes will open their season at home against Albany on Aug. 31.
Michael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.