Dorian Bell Named NEC Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 24, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Duquesne junior linebacker Dorian Bell (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) earned Northeast Conference Football Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in Duquesne's 35-21 win at Bryant on Saturday.
The second-year Ohio State transfer posted a career-high 14 tackles (10 solo) including 1.5 tackles for loss to help the Dukes rally from a 21-17 fourth quarter deficit.
With DU down four and Bryant facing 1st-and-goal at the 4-yard line, Bell met BU preseason All-American running back Jordan Brown, stripped the ball and recovered it at the three. The Dukes rode the momentum-changing play to 18 unanswered points to up their conference win streak to six.
Six of Bell's tackles held Bryant ballcarriers to one or fewer yards.
It is the second career Defensive Player of the Week for Bell who earned the honor once last season. He is the second Duke to be honored this year, joining running back Larry McCoy who was named co-Offensive Player of the Week last week.
Bell ranks third on the team with 27 tackles, including a team-high 18 solo stops. His 9.0 tackles per game and 4.5 tackles for loss are a team-best. He also leads the Dukes with two fumbles forced on the young season.
Duquesne (3-1, 1-0) will be looking to extend both its NEC win streak and home win streak (currently at eight) when it hosts NEC rival Saint Francis, Pa. (2-2, 1-0) for Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1:10 p.m.