University of Tennessee at Martin star linebacker Tony Bell will participate in the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Bell, who has already been named a 2014 All-American by the Associated Press, College Sports Madness, Beyond Sports Network and The Sports Network, will line up against some of the nation’s best players from the Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision ranks. This marks the third straight year that a Skyhawk has participated in a major postseason bowl, as Montori Hughes (2013 Senior Bowl) and Jeremy Butler (2014 Medal of Honor Bowl) also accomplished the feat. Hughes is currently in his second season with the Indianapolis Colts while Butler is in his first season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is a premiere postseason all-star game for draft-eligible college players. The week-long schedule provides participants with a first-class professional experience while introducing them to the business of the National Football League. Former NFL head coaches Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz will serve as head coaches for this year’s game, which will take place at 3 p.m. CST and will be aired live on ESPN2. In addition, team practices on Jan. 14 and Jan. 15 will be televised live on ESPNU.
Bell recently wrapped up a remarkable four-year career at UT Martin. He racked up 237 tackles, 45 tackles for loss, a school-record 22.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions from 2011-14, helping guide the Skyhawks to 26 overall wins and a .625 winning percentage in Ohio Valley Conference play in that span.
The 6-1, 200-pound Memphis native led the OVC (and ranked ninth nationally) with 21 tackles for loss in 2014 after pacing the league with 15 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks as a junior in 2013, when he also garnered All-American accolades.