UCLA - Bell returns for a fifth year after missing most of last season due to injury problems and should give the Bruins a boost in the secondary...Worked hard during his rehabilitation process and enjoyed a solid Spring Practice...Possesses good one-on-one coverage skills...His experience will be valuable to the secondary...Enters Fall camp listed No. 1 at the right cornerback position.
1999 - Appeared in the year’s first two games before being sidelined for the season due to tendinitis in his right heel...Was granted an additional year of eligibility for medical hardship...Started against both Boise State and Ohio State and made 13 tackles, including 12 primaries, but could not perform to his normal standards due to the heel problems ...Prior to Spring of 1999, he had off-season surgery to remove bone spurs in his right heel.
1998 -Bell started every game during his junior season...He led the squad with 14 passes defensed and made 38 tackles...Made a career-high eight tackles at California and added five stops versus Stanford and four each versus Houston, Oregon and Oregon State...He was credited with four passes defensed at Houston, three against USC and two versus Texas and Arizona...Bell played at least 70 defensive snaps on eight occasions, including 83 at Oregon State, 82 versus Oregon, 78 at Arizona, 77 at Houston and 73 on three occasions...He also played on the kickoff coverage, punt return and field goal block special teams units.
1997 - Started the final five regular-season games at right cornerback and finished the year with 18 tackles, all primaries...Also credited with four passes defensed...Made a career-high five stops against Oregon State and four at Stanford...Appeared in 11 of 12 games on defense and played at least 40 snaps on six occasions, including 64 versus OSU, 58 at Stanford, 48 versus Houston and 46 against Washington.
1996 - Earned some playing time as a true freshman and showed potential to become an impact player...Played on several special teams units during the final 10 games of the year, missing only the opener at Tennessee...Also played three games on defense - Oregon (11 snaps), Northeast Louisiana (six) and Arizona (three)...Made nine tackles (eight primaries), including one for loss, and recovered one fumble...Made his tackle for loss at Michigan...His fumble recovery of a kickoff return in the third quarter at Oregon set up Skip Hicks’s 20-yard touchdown to give UCLA a 31-7 lead.
HIGH SCHOOL - Lettered three years as a defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback for coach Tony Peralta at Millikan High in Long Beach, CA... Selected BlueChips Illustrated All-American and rated among the top 11 defensive backs prospects in the West...Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100...Named to the National Recruiting Advisor All-West team...Chosen to SuperPrep All-Far West team...Received four votes in the Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West poll...A two-time all-league selection...Also earned all-city honors and was a member of the Long Beach Press Telegram Dream team...Named to Student Sports magazine top 100...For his career, he totaled 102 solo tackles, 94 assists, 12 interceptions and 38 pass breakups...As a senior, he was credited with 42 solo tackles, 28 assists, five interceptions and 19 pass breakups...Averaged 26 yards as a kickoff returner and 12 yards as a punt returner...Also earned three letters in track for coach Carl Halsted with bests of 10.70 in the 100 meters, 21.89 in the 200 meters and 22 feet in the long jump.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Jason Dewande Bell...Parents: Cortland and Geraldine Bell...Born: April 1, 1978 in Long Beach, CA...Has one brother, Cortland, Jr., and one sister, Melissa...Lists Deion Sanders as the player he patterns his style after...Enjoys working on computers and working out in his spare time...History major.
Varsity Statistics - J. Bell