Furman: Consensus first team All-Southern Conference tackle who should contend for All-America honors...Furman's most experienced offensive lineman...entering his third season of starting duty...solid athlete...sports outstanding size and quick feet, which he uses effectively to gain leverage on defenders...at 6-foot-8 ranks as the tallest offensive lineman in Furman history...has already gained the notice of NFL scouts...will serve as a team captain this year along with Brantley Kendall and William Middleton. 2007 -- Consensus first team All-SoCon selection in balloting by head coaches and media...earned starts at left tackle in all 11 games, totaling 781 plays...recorded a unit best blocking grade of 80.4 percent, helping key a Paladin offense that averaged a solid 407.8 yards per game...was particularly strong over Furman's final five games (4-1 record), notching blocking grades of 88.5 percent on 78 snaps versus 11th-ranked Georgia Southern (24-22 win), 86.6 percent on 67 plays versus 14th-ranked Elon (52-49 win), and 84.6 percent on 65 plays against Western Carolina (52-21 win)...registered his best game performance (89.5 percent on 67 plays) versus Wofford....captured Furman's Best Offensive Lineman Award...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2006 -- Earned second team All-SoCon honors in balloting by media after starting in all 12 games and earning winning grades in nine contests...strong work against Western Carolina (42-7 win) helped pave the way for fullback Jerome Felton's SoCon game record six rushing TDs....helped Furman go 8-4, earn a playoff berth, and finish ranked No. 12 in The Sports Network poll...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll. 2005 --Saw action in eight games at tackle...earned first career start in the Paladins' 44-41 double overtime win over Hofstra...stepped up to record 90 snaps against the Pride en route to capturing SoCon Freshman-of-the-Week honors -- the first by a Paladin offensive lineman and only the second ever by a league offensive lineman. 2004 -- Awarded redshirt and extra year of eligibility...finished sixth in the discus event at the 2005 SoCon Track & Field Championships.
High School: 2004 graduate of Spartanburg (4A Big 16) High School...football coach was Doc Davis...two-year starter...played tackle...earned all-region and all-area academic honors as a senior...also played basketball and competed in track and field.
Personal: Full name is Joel Richard Bell...son of Richard and Beverly Bell...born July 29, 1985, in Cleveland, Ohio...has two sisters, Joanna and Deborah...parents are missionaries and moved to Egypt in 1990 for three years...moved with family to Croatia in 1993, where he lived for eight years before returning to the United States alone in 2001...health & exercise science major.