2000: Bell, a strong-legged placekicker, will handle USC?s kickoffs for his fourth season and will compete with David Newbury for the placekicking job as a senior in 2000. He is also the backup punter behind Mike MacGillivray.
PAUL HACKETT SAYS: ?David has a powerful leg, but has yet to be put under the pressure of kicking the ball through the uprights when the game is on the line. If he gets his chance, he needs to deliver.?
1999: Bell handled USC?s kickoff duties for his third season as a junior in 1999. Some 38 of his 67 kickoffs weren?t returned past the 20-yard line (including 15 touchbacks). He also was 1-of-2 on field goals (a 38-yarder against Louisiana Tech; he missed a 52-yarder versus Stanford) and hit both PATs he tried (both against Louisiana Tech). He made 6 tackles on kickoffs.
1998: Bell handled USC?s kickoff duties as a sophomore in 1998. Some 21 of his 70 kickoffs were not returned past the 20-yard line (including 8 touchbacks). He also made 5 tackles on kickoffs. He tried a PAT kick against Washington, but it was blocked.
1997: Bell redshirted as a sophomore placekicker in 1997.
1996: Bell, the last signee in the 1996 recruiting class, handled USC?s kickoff duty in the last 10 games of 1996 as a first-year freshman and proved effective. He also made 1 tackle (at Houston).
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 2-time (1994 and 1995) All-CIF Division I placekicker at Western High in Anaheim (Calif.). As a 1995 senior, he also made Los Angeles Times All-Orange County first team, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Orange League while hitting 34-of-39 PATs, 8-of-15 field goals (including 5 of 40-plus yards, with bests of 53 and 51 yards), putting 78% (42-of-54) of his kickoffs into the end zone as touchbacks, averaging 40.0 on punts and also playing running back and linebacker. In 1994 as a junior, he made Los Angeles Times All-Orange County second team, Orange County Register All-Orange County second team and All-Orange League.
PERSONAL: He?s a public policy and management major at USC. His sports hero is Walter Payton.
DAVID BELL CAREER STATISTICS