7   Tatum Bell
Tatum Bell

DeSoto, Texas

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Height / Weight:
5-11 / 210



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Oklahoma State's leading rusher last season, Bell is a vastly talented player who could become one of the marquee players not just at OSU but in the Big 12 Conference. He'll go into his junior season with 1,027 career rushing yards, 776 of which came in 2001. During the past season, Bell started nine of 11 games and began to show the durability he'll need in the Big 12 Conference. He's bigger and stronger than he was when he came to Stillwater from DeSoto, Texas. 2001: Carried the ball 197 times for 776 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 77.6 yards per game and almost four yards per carry. Bell eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark twice last season, including a career-high 117 yards against Missouri. He had 102 yards in Oklahoma State's win over Louisiana Tech on Lewis Field. The last four games of the 2001 season were particularly impressive for Bell. Against Colorado, Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma, Bell carried the ball a combined 80 times for 333 yards. That's a four-game average of 83.25 yards per game and 4.16 yards per carry. 2000: Made an impact as a true freshman by rushing for 251 yards on just 49 carries. He followed the regular season with an impressive spring during which he showed the new OSU staff he had the ability to run the ball inside. He was OSU's leading rusher in both major spring scrimmages. His spring numbers included 14 carries for 110 yards and three touchdowns in the first scrimmage and 15 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown in the second. Showed most of the country what he was capable of with an incredible long-distance run against Oklahoma in a nationally televised season finale on Lewis Field. Oklahoma State won the services of this highly recruited running back over Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma. High School: He was considered one of the fastest high school players in the nation. He was timed at 4.34 in the 40-yard dash and has been clocked at 10.26 in the 100-meter dash. He was hampered by a hip pointer and sprained ankle as a senior, but still rushed for 1,225 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was also an effective kick and punt returner. In addition to his 19 rushing touchdowns, he had three touchdown passes and returned one kickoff for a touchdown. He was listed as a Top 100 Texas player by First Down Recruiting, PrepStar, the Dallas Morning News and David Garvin. He was a two-time all-district selection at running back. His high school coach was Ben Dial. Personal: Born March 2, 1981, in Dallas, Texas. Son of Tony and Terry Bell. Has a younger brother, T.J., and an older sister, Latrice Coleman.
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