Bell Earns All-Pac-10 Honor
Dec. 1, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Arizona sophomore tailback Mike Bell was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference second team today, as selected in voting by the league's coaches.
Bell rushed for 920 yards on 168 carries this year, an average of 5.5 yards per attempt. He could finish third in the league depending on the success of a couple of players behind him who have bowl game appearances on the horizon. NCAA schools now count bowl statistics in final season tabulations.
Sophomore safety Darrell Brooks, sophomore defensive end Marcus Smith, junior center Keoki Fraser and senior linebacker Joe Siofele all earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention, meaning they received votes.
It was the second time only one Arizona player was selected in all-league balloting. In 1981 only linebacker Ricky Hunley, a first-team selection, represented Arizona. This was the first year Arizona, which finished 2-10 overall and 1-9 for last place in the league, has not placed a player on the All-Pac-10 first team. Nine years ago the Cats had their highest total -- six players -- named first-team all-league, in 1994.
Bell's career total of 1,261 yards put him in shape to reach the Arizona career Top 10 rushing chart next season. Scatback Eddie Wolgast rushed for 2,022 yards from 1945-50 and holds the No. 10 spot.