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#40 Devon Bell
Position: P/K
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
Hometown: Vicksburg, MS
High School: Warren Central HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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CAREER STATISTICS

2015 Preseason All-SEC (Phil Steele)

CAREER: After turning in a breakout true freshman season as a placekicker, has since shifted over to punting duties with a kicking role still possible … Has appeared in 36 games over three seasons … In two seasons as punter, collected 16 punts of 50 or more yards with 32 punts having landed inside the 20-yard line ... During rookie year, set three individual season records while tying one postseason record … Served as the primary punter and secondary kickoff man during his junior season ... Has punted a total of 74 times with an average of 42.6 yards per punt … Has converted 57.1 career field goals (20-for-35) and 97.1 percent of extra points (68-for-70).

2014 JUNIOR SEASON: Appeared in 11 games and was the primary punter on the season … Also saw time on kickoffs during the first four games and the final game of the season … Was the punter for 83.3 percent (50-of-60) of the team’s punts on the season … Took 33.7 percent (29-of-86) of the team’s kickoffs … Punted 50 times for a total of 2160 yards … Averaged 43.2 yards per punt … 12 punts exceeded 50 yards and 18 were downed inside the 20-yard line … Only notched five touchbacks … His 43.2 punt average ranked fifth in the SEC and 23rd in all of FBS … Was part of a team net punting average of 39.55 that was fifth in the SEC and 24th in the nation … Averaged 63.8 yards per attempt on 29 kickoffs … Totaled 11 touchbacks and 1851 kickoff yards … In eight of the 11 games with a punt, averaged over 40 yards per kick … Punted at least three times in 10 of the 11 games in which he saw the field … Booted a career-long 70-yard punt at South Alabama (9/13) for a touchback … Completed a 10-yard pass to Tolando Cleveland on fourth down and four against UT Martin (11/8) for a first down … The pass was the second attempt of his career and the first completion … Made a career-high eight punt attempts on two occasions; vs. UAB (9/6) and at Ole Miss (11/29) … Also set a personal best for punt yards in a game at Ole Miss with 365, including a long of 61 … Notched a season-high three punts over 50 yards and four punts inside the 20 against the Rebels … Returned to the kickoff role in the Capital One Orange Bowl (12/31) for the first time since at LSU (9/20) … His one attempt was a 65-yard kickoff to open the second half … Also appeared only once as the punter in the Orange Bowl, a 51-yard boot in the first quarter.

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 4-for-5 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 Scout.com and ESPN.com ... 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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