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NC A&T Football BIO
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13 Elijah Bell

Has linebacker size, wide receiver speed and a running back mentality. Before his career is over, he could be considered the undisputed greatest receiver in school history … Comes into the season needing 718 yards to break Herbert Harbison’s career receiving mark at N.C. A&T … Needs seven touchdown receptions to break the school record … He is also 74 receptions shy of breaking the school mark … In 2017, he was 47 yards shy of becoming the second receiver in school history to have a 1,000-yard season … He does own the school record for touchdown receptions in a season (11) … Still has two years of eligibility remaining … Enters the season as a two-time All-MEAC selection earning first-team honors in 2017 … Won the 2016 MEAC Rookie of the Year award despite not being highly recruited as a football player … He is the second Aggie to win MEAC Rookie of the Year in five years … Named second-team All-MEAC as well … Has big-play ability because he can shred tackles easily … Has breakaway speed and the athleticism to make tough catches … Enters the 2018 season with 99 receptions for 1,584 yards and 19 touchdowns … Has four career 100-yard receiving games.

2017 Season: Started all 12 games … Made 64 receptions for 953 yards and a single-season school record 11 touchdowns … Led the conference in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards … Ranked second in the conference in receiving yards per game (79.4), third in total touchdowns, sixth in yards per reception (14.9), fourth in receptions per game (5.3), fifth in scoring, 12th in all-purpose yards, 13th in points responsible for … Ranked in the top-30 in the nation in receiving touchdowns (12th), receiving yards (24th), receiving yards per game (33rd), total touchdowns (36th),   and receptions per game (38th) … Earned first-team All-MEAC honors for the first time in his career …Finished with the second-highest single-season receiving yards total in school history… Also, finished with the second-highest single-season total in receptions in school history … Did capture Denzel Keyes’ single-season touchdown receptions record … Had two 100-yard receiving games including a career-best 178 yards receiving on nine receptions and a touchdown in the Aggies blowout win over Delaware State on Oct. 7 … Made a career-best 10 receptions in the Aggies 21-14 win over Grambling State in the third annual Celebration Bowl in Atlanta … Also had 95 yards receiving including a crucial catch that gave the Aggies a first-and-goal on the game-winning drive … Posted seven catches for 114 yards at Norfolk State on Nov. 4 … Had six catches for 60 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the Aggies blowout win over Mars Hill on Sept. 9 … Had 95 yards receiving and two touchdowns on four receptions at Morgan State on Sept. 23.

2016 Season: Played in 12 games with eight starts …Earned MEAC Rookie of the Year honors as well as being named second-team All-MEAC … Made 35 receptions for 631 yards and a freshman-record eight touchdown receptions … Also broke the freshman receiving record for receptions and yards … Led the MEAC in yards per catch (18.03) …  Ranked second in the MEAC in touchdown receptions and third in receiving yards per game (52.6) ... Nationally, ranked 27th in yards per catch and 33rd in receiving touchdowns … Had his first breakout game against Division I-FBS Tulsa when he made five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown on Sept. 17, becoming the first Aggie freshman to have a 100-yard receiving game since Tarik Cohen in 2013 … Had three receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown on Oct. 15 at Bethune-Cookman … His 37-yard fourth-quarter touchdown reception in the game gave the Aggies the lead for good in a back-and-forth contest … Had another big game again on Nov. 5 against S.C. State when he had two touchdown receptions including a 9-yard TD reception from Lamar Raynard in the fourth quarter that gave the Aggies the lead for good … Made four catches for 77 yards including a 28-yard TD reception from Oluwafemi Bamiro just before halftime in a 45-14 win over Delaware State on Nov. 12 … Had three receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown at North Carolina Central on Nov. 19. 

High School: Bell was the recipient of the Randy Moss award, given annually to the top wide receiver in West Virginia … Led the state in receiving yards and touchdowns with 1,214 yards and 17 TD’s on 50 receptions … Set numerous single-season school records … Was named the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year for West Virginia … Helped Wheeling Park High School earn the Class AAA state championships.

Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 222
Year: Junior
Hometown: Wheeling, WVa.
High School: Wheeling Park
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