#40 Devon Bell
Position: P/K
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
Hometown: Vicksburg, MS
High School: Warren Central HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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CAREER: After turning in a breakout true freshman season as a placekicker, now shifting over to punting duties and still possible kicking role ... During rookie year, set three individual season records while tying one postseason record ... Hit 14-of-21 field goals, 43-of-44 PATs and averaged 60.3 yards on 64 kickoffs with 13 touchbacks during freshman campaign ... As a sophomore, turned into a punting option and ended the year with the second-highest rate of punts dropped inside the 20-yard line by a Division I punter at 58.3 percent ... Ranked fifth among Division I punters in boots inside the 10-yard line at 25.0 percent ... Punted 24 times for 990 yards (41.2 yards per kick) during initial collegiate season as a punter in 2013 ... Has converted 57.1 career field goals (20-for-35) and 97.1 percent of extra points (68-for-70) ... Finished regular season seventh in the FBS in scoring among true freshmen.

2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Split time between kicking and punting before settling into primary punter role near the end of the season ... Took part in all 13 games during the campaign ... Went 6-for-14 kicking field goals (42.9 percent) ... Made biggest impact within 30 yards, going four-for-five on kicks from 29 yards or closer ... Finished third on the team in scoring with 43 points with the six field goals and 25 extra points ... Missed just one extra-point attempt during the year (25-for-26) ... After switching to punting role, boomed 24 kicks for 990 yards (41.2 average) ... Dropped 14 balls inside the 20-yard line and induced nine fair catches ... Recorded just two touchbacks ... Ended the year with the second-highest rate of punts dropped inside the 20-yard line by a Division I punter at 58.3 percent ... Ranked fifth among Division I punters in boots inside the 10-yard line at 25.0 percent ... Served as the team’s kickoff specialist all year, booming 66 for 4,063 yards, an average of 61.6 yards ... Tallied 25 touchbacks on kickoffs ... Hit a 49-yard field goal in the season opener against Oklahoma State (8/31) for the longest make of the campaign ... Boomed a career-high eight punts against Ole Miss (11/28), dropping a personal-best five inside the 20-yard line ... Tallied a career-high 334 punting yards versus the Rebels ... At Arkansas (11/23), converted first field goal since the third quarter against LSU (10/5) ... Pinned Alabama (11/16) at its own eight-yard line after the Bulldogs’ first punt of the game ... Tallied four punts at Texas A&M (11/9) and placed two inside the 20 ... Switched to primary punter role for game at South Carolina (11/2) and drilled five punts, four inside the 20-yard line, the most for MSU in a game since four at Memphis on Sept. 1, 2011 ... Average starting field position for South Carolina off of the five punts was its own 14-yard line ... Booted a 62-yard punt at USC, good for the longest by an MSU player since Heath Hutchins’ 63-yarder against Kentucky on Oct. 30, 2010 ... Provided MSU’s only points against Oklahoma State (8/31) with a 40-yard field goal on the opening drive of the contest. 

2012 TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON: Broke the school record for most points scored by a kicker in a year in school history (85) ... Established single-season school record for extra points made and attempted (43-for-44) ... Nailed a career-high three field goals, the longest from 42 yards, in a home victory against South Alabama ... Scored a career-high 12 points against the Jaguars … Hit two crucial field goals and was 5-for-5 on PATs during a home victory against Tennessee … Against LSU, hit a career-long 47-yard field goal … Drilled season-best six extra-point attempts twice, going 6-for-6 in home victories against Middle Tennessee State and Arkansas … Finished freshman season hitting both field goals and extra points in the Gator Bowl versus Northwestern ... In the postseason contest, converted a 47-yard field goal, tying the record for the longest in MSU bowl history (Dana Moore/Nebraska/1980 Sun) ... Two made field goals in the Gator Bowl were second most in MSU bowl history and most since 1995 ... Scored the second-most points in a bowl game by a kicker in school history (eight).

HIGH SCHOOL: Rated a three-star recruit by and ... Named First-Team High School All-American by Sports Illustrated ... Placed on the Clarion-Ledger and Mississippi High School Coaches Association First-Team All-State squads ... Averaged 4.63 seconds of hang time on 49 punts during senior season ... Averaged 42.1 yards per punt with a long of 63 ... Placed 15 punts inside the 20-yard line ... Had 28-of-32 kickoffs reach the end zone for touchbacks and was perfect on all 18 point-after tries ... Recorded four field goals, including a career-long 55 yarder through the uprights against Jim Hill High School ... Participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game and connected on a 30-yard field goal ... Also played third base for Warren Central High School, hitting .293 with a perfect fielding percentage as a junior.

PERSONAL: Born Devon Bell on July 4, 1993, in Vicksburg, Miss. . . . Son of Bart and Dawn Bell ... A clinical exercise physiology major.

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