The Buckeyes return home to The 'Shoe for Senior Day against the #9 Michigan State Spartans.
Photos from the Buckeyes' 42-35 win over Alabama.
USATSPI: Ohio State vs. Purdue - 11/02/13
2015 Season (Junior): Associated Press, Sporting News and SI.com First Team All-American ... First Team All-Big Ten (media) ... Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist ... started all 13 games at safety for the second consecutive year ... part of a defensive secondary that ranked sixth in the FBS in pass efficiency defense and part of a defense that ranked second overall in fewest points allowed (15.1) ... tied for 12th in the Big Ten with 11 passes defended (9 PBUs, 2 INTs) ... recorded a career-high 10 tackles and tied a personal best with eight solo stops in the win over NIU ... tied that mark with 10 stops, including 7 solo, in the win over Minnesota, including a 15-yard INT return for a touchdown for Ohio State's first score; named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week in recognition of his play vs. the Golden Gophers ... recorded 8 tackles in the win over Maryland ... 7 tackles and 0.5 TFL in the win at Illinois ... three solo tackles, three PBUs, an INT and a 14-yard fumble return for a TD vs. Hawai'i ... made four tackles and broke up one pass in the win at Virginia Tech.
2014 Season (Sophomore): Bell started 14 games at one of the safety positions for the College Football Playoff national champion Buckeyes and was named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference ... he was second on the team in tackles with 92, an impressive total that represents a 12-year high for an Ohio State safety, or since Mike Doss had 107 for the 2002 national champion Buckeyes ... Doss also had 94 tackles in 2000 and, to this date, he remains the only Ohio State safety this century to record more tackles in a single season than Bell's 92 in 2014 ... only eight players nationally topped Bell's 13-year Ohio State best six interceptions (Derek Ross had seven in 2001) ... Bell ranked third in the Big Ten with .40 interceptions per game and he also ranked 11th in the Big Ten with 12 passes defensed (six interceptions and pass break-ups, respectively) ... Bell had seven or more tackles in nine games, including a career-best nine vs. Michigan and a career-high eight solo tackles vs. Alabama ... had interceptions vs. Virginia Tech, Penn State, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Alabama ... had a quarterback sack of Oregon's Marcus Mariota in the College Football Playoff national championship game, part of a six-tackle evening.
2013 Season (Freshman): Bell was on the Ohio State two-deep chart throughout the 2013 season as a true freshman back-up at the nickel position ... his season-long hard work and efforts paid off when he was awarded with the start at nickel in the Discover Orange Bowl vs. Clemson ... he made one of the plays of the game vs. the Tigers, tipping and then intercepting a Taj Boyd pass at the Ohio State 1 in the second quarter of a game Clemson led at the time, 14-9 ... Bell also had seven tackles -- all of them solo stops -- in the Orange Bowl ... he finished the season having played in all 14 games and he was credited with 19 tackles ... he had three solo stops vs. Penn State ... following the season Bell missed most of the 2014 spring drills with a minor knee injury.
More on Vonn: An exclamation point on Ohio State's Class of 2013, Under Armour All-American Vonn Bell announced on National Letter of Intent signing day that he would be a Buckeye ... a five-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports, Bell was one of the top 30 players in the nation with overall rankings of No. 25 by Scout, No. 29 by 247Sports and No. 32 by Rivals ... No. 50 on the ESPN 150 ... the No. 4 player in the state of Georgia as a senior, Bell was also ranked as high as the No. 3 safety prospect nationally by Scout ... helped his Ridgeland team, coached by Mark Mariakis, to a 13-2 record and a runner-up finish in the Georgia Class AAAA state championships ... Bell had 146 tackles and three interceptions as a senior, and on offense he had over 1,700 all-purpose yards and scored 21 touchdowns ... helped Ridgeland to the state Sweet 16 in 2011 as a junior with 119 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles ... is the son of Vanessa and Vencent Bell ... father played collegiately at Murray State University.
BELL'S CAREER BESTS
|Tackles||10 (2x) last vs. Minnesota (11/7/15)|
|Solo Tackles||8 (2x) last vs. NIU (9/19/15)|
|INT||1.0 (several times)|
|TFL||1 (several) last vs. Minnesota (11/7/15)|
VONN BELL'S DEFENSIVE STATS
Urban Meyer Press Conference - 8/29/2016