Senior cornerback Antonio Bell will enter fall camp in position to battle for a starting position for the 2012 Blackshirts. Bell has primarily seen action throughout his Nebraska career on special teams, while adding depth in the secondary the past two years. However, he had a solid spring camp under first-year secondary coach Terry Joseph and is primed to play a larger role in 2012.
The 6-2, 200-pound Bell brings good size, speed and athleticism to the corner spot. The Florida native began his Husker career as a receiver.
Bell played in a special teams role against Chattanooga and South Carolina.
Bell played in eight games as a reserve corner and on Nebraska’s punt coverage unit. Bell helped Nebraska rank 35th nationally in net punting.
Bell appeared in six games and had a catch for three yards against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Before Nebraska (Mainland HS)
Bell had a highly productive prep career for Coach John Maronto at Mainland High School. A four-year starter, Bell caught 45 passes for 776 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior in 2007. That performance earned him first-team all-area honors and second-team Class 5A all-state accolades from the Florida Sportswriters Association. Bell earned first-team all-area honors as a junior when he caught 42 passes, covering 625 yards and four touchdowns. Bell accounted for 500 receiving yards as a sophomore in 2005, earning him a second-team all-area selection. He was ranked among the top 60 players in Florida. Bell chose Nebraska over offers from West Virginia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Antonio is the son of Tony and Cynthia Bell, and was born on Feb. 21, 1990. Bell is majoring in sociology, and is on track to graduate in May of 2013. He has volunteered his time with local team hospital visits.
Bell's Career Statistics
» Games Played–16 (6 in 2009; 8 in 2010; 2 in 2011)
» Receiving–1-3-0 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in 2009