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#22 Shakir Bell
Position: RB
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
City/State: Indianapolis, Ind.
High School: Warren Central
Experience: 1 Letter

2012 - Named a Third Team AP All-American and a Second Team All-American by The Sports Network, as Bell is the first Sycamore to earn back-to-back All-America honors since Richard Harris did it in 2000 & 2001 ... Named First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2012 and finished third in the MVFC Offensive Player Of The Year balloting ... Spent the season on the Walter Payton Award Watch List, finishing in the Top 15 nationally in the voting for the FCS National Offensive Player Of The Year Award ... Finished as the Sycamores' leading rusher with 269 attempts for 1,475 yards (third-best ever at INS) and 11 TDs, with a long rush of 64 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per rush and 134.1 yards per game ... Set the MVFC single-game rushing record with 349 yards on the ground against Drake and was named MVFC and National Offensive Player Of The Week following that game ... Bell finished second in the league in rushing yards per game and sixth nationally (134.1 rushing yards per game) while his 134.1 yards of total offense per game ranked 10th in the MVFC ... Averaged 6.55 points per game, which was sixth in the MVFC and tied for 77th nationally while his 147.0 all purpose yards per game was second in the league and 17th in FCS ... Went over 100 yards rushing seven times, including in 5-of-8 MVFC contests.


2011 - Finished tied for second in the Walter Payton Award voting ... Was the first sophomore to be invited to the Walter Payton Award ceremony and was the first Sycamore to be invited as well ... Was named to a school-record four First Team All-America squads ... Was also named First Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference as well as the MVFC Offensive Player Of The Year ... Led the nation in rushing with 1,670 total yards and a 151.8 per game average ... His 1,670 yards broke the school record for single-season rushing yards and ranked eighth in league history ... Broke the single-game rushing record when he rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in ISU's victory over Youngstown State on Sept. 24 ... Those 256 yards against the Penguins are the 12th highest single-game total in MVFC history ... For the year, he hit the end zone 14 times.


2010 - Named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference's All-Newcomer Team ... Finished the year with 95 rushes for 649 yards and two touchdowns .. Had a season-long 62-yard rush against Illinois State .. Had three games of over 100-yard rushing, including 14 rushes for 146 yards versus the Redbirds … Season-best 156 rushing yards against Quincy … Caught one pass … Recorded one special teams tackle … His 59 rushing yards per game was 12th in the league.


High School - Lettered for Coach John Hart and Warren Central High School ... Named a 2010 Parade All-American ... Honored as first-team all-state by the Associated Press and IFCA ... Selected as one of the top 50 players in the state by the IFCA ... Set a Class 5A record and was the second leading rusher in the nation with 3,105 rushing yards last season ... Scored a total of 38 touchdowns last season, while averaging 7.7 yards per carry ... Averaged 204 rushing yards per game.


Personal - Mother is Kimberly Smith ... Grandmother is Joyce Footman ... Born on April 10, 1992 ... Has one sister, Ischela ... Undecided on an academic major.


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