Bell named league’s defensive player of year

Colonel free safety Yeremiah Bell has been named Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s head football coaches and sports information directors.

The 6-foot Bell, a native of Winchester, led the league with six interceptions and finished in the league’s top 10 tacklers with 86 takedowns.

He finished the season with 61 solo tackles, 25 assists, three tackles for losses, one sack, 15 pass deflections, one quarterback hurry, three forced fumbles, two blocked kicks, one fumble recovery, two touchdowns and six interceptions.

Bell is also a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award given by The Sports Network to NCAA I-AA’s top defensive player.

Seven Colonels make all-league first team

Seniors Brent Fox and Chris Minter were joined by juniors Yeremiah Bell and Marcus Adams and freshman C.J. Hudson as OVC first-team selections.

Fox, a senior offensive tackle from Cincinnati, and Hudson, a Frostproof, Fla. native, were named to the league’s offensive team. Hudson led the conference in rushing with 1,221 yards with 135.7 yards a game average.

His 13 touchdowns and 8.7 yards per carry average was good for second in the league. He rushed for 100 yards in seven of nine games, with a season-high 213 against Southeast Missouri.

Minter and Adams were selections on the league’s defensive first-team. Minter, a defensive end from Richmond, and Adams, a defensive tackle from Indianapolis, were first-time members on the team.

Senior linebacker Tim Gibbens and senior cornerback Eric Sims were chosen to the OVC second-team defensive squad. Senior center Jacob Johnson was selected honorable mention All-OVC.

Colonel honored

with academic award

Eastern senior strong safety J.D. Jewell has been named to the 2001 Football Verizon Academic All-District team for District IV.

Jewell, a native of Bowling Green, has been named to the team for the second straight year. He is a computer information systems major with a 3.4 cumulative grade-point average.

To be nominated, a student athlete must start or be an important reserve with a minimum 3.2 GPA.