Defensive Line | Letters 1967-69
This list is now in rarefied air. The top 10 Bearcats of all time. Kicking off the top 10 is yet another defensive linemen, Bob Bell. Bell's impact is difficult to quantify for UC. There is no available game film, defensive statistics from that era that have survived in the public record until now are basically non existent. It would be 10 more years before TFL's and sacks were accurately charted. But there were people who saw Bell who will swear to this day that he is the best defensive linemen in UC's history.
Hailing from Philadelphia standing 6'4" and weighing 250 pounds Bell was a monster in his time. He was bigger and stronger than almost anyone trying to block him. But more than that he was a gifted athlete in the way that great defensive linemen always have to be. He played tackle primarily but he would slide out to end on passing downs to wreak havoc on blocking schemes, and havoc was wrought. I might be taking this on the word of our Bearcats elders, but they haven't steered me wrong before. But it isn't just them, the All America accolades speak for themselves.
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