Byron Bell

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Byron Bell
No. 77     Carolina Panthers
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-17) January 17, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Greenville, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 340 lb (154 kg)
Career information
High school: Greeneville (TX)
College: New Mexico
Undrafted in 2011
Debuted in 2011 for the Carolina Panthers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • The Block
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2013
Games played 42
Games started 37
Fumble recoveries 0
Stats at NFL.com

Byron Bell (born January 17, 1989 in Greenville, Texas) is an American football offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for the University of New Mexico. He made his season debut 9/18/2011 versus the Green Bay Packers in place of oft injured tackle Jeff Otah. Byron became a full starter during week 7 of the 2011 season when Otah was placed on injury reserve. Bell helped clear lanes and contributed to offense that ranked seventh in the NFL and third in rushing yards. Currently Bell re-signed a one-year, $2.187 million contract and is transitioning to the left tackle position in place of retired great Jordan Gross and the position he played in college.

Early life[edit]

Byron Bell is from Greenville Texas and attended Greenville (Texas) HS. Byron has three siblings Seth (Bubba), Elijah (E), and Isaiah Bell. His mother Sandra K. Bell is his biggest supporter and raised Byron and his siblings to overcome all adversity. Byron used these lessons to graduate high school and play D-1 football for the University of New Mexico Lobos. Bell majored in university studies at New Mexico and pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. Bell prides himself on staying humble, focused, and faith in God. Bell consistently volunteers his time and efforts to various charities around the nation and believes that you should always help someone in need.

Career[edit]

2013[edit]

Played in 16 games with 14 starts at right tackle for Carolina...Cleared paths for the Panthers to rush for more than 100 yards in 14 games...Contributed to offense that ranked fourth in the NFL in third-down efficiency, fifth in time of possession, second in drives lasting five-plus minutes and tied for seventh in drives of 10 plays or more...POSTSEASON: Started at right tackle in NFC Divisional Playoff versus San Francisco (1/12).

2011[edit]

Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by Carolina (7/30)...Played in 16 games with 12 starts at right tackle...Made first career start versus Green Bay (9/18) and started at Atlanta 10/16) in place of an injured Jeff Otah...Became full-time starter in Week 7 when Otah was placed on injured reserve...Contributed to offense that ranked seventh in the NFL and set team records with 6,237 net yards and 345 first downs...Part of unit that tied for fifth in the NFL in scoring with 406 points...Helped the Panthers rank third in the NFL in rushing with an average of 150.5 yards per game and exceed 100 yards rushing in a team-record 14 consecutive games...Opened holes for the Panthers to lead the NFL with a team record 5.41 yards per carry and establish a team record with 139 rushing first downs...At Tampa Bay (12/4): Paved way for the Panthers to accumulate 163 rushing yards and a season-high four rushing touchdowns on a season-high 39 attempts...Vs. Tampa Bay (12/24): Cleared lanes for the Panthers to amass 270 rushing yards, equaling the second-highest total in franchise history, on 31 attempts - an average of 8.7 yards per carry - with three touchdowns.

2012[edit]

Started 15 games for Carolina...Made 14 starts at right tackle and one at right guard...Inactive with a sprained ankle versus the New York Giants (9/20)...Contributed to offense that produced 5,771 total net yards and 328 first downs, the second-highest totals in team history...Vs. Dallas (10/21): Started at right guard...At San Diego (12/16): Opened holes and provided protection for the Panthers to set a team record with 29 first downs - 13 rushing, 12 passing and four via penalty...At New Orleans (12/30): One of four offensive linemen, along with left guard Thomas Austin, center Jeff Byers and right guard Garry Williams, that entered the league as undrafted rookie free agents to start against the Saints...Helped offense amass 530 yards - the second most in team history...Cleared paths for the Panthers to compile 273 yards rushing - the second highest total in team history.

College[edit]

Played in 37 games with 36 starts at New Mexico...Started 24 games at left tackle over final two seasons after making 12 starts at right tackle as a sophomore...2010 (Sr.): All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention...Started 12 games...Earned the team's outstanding offensive lineman award...2009 (Jr.): Started 12 games...Helped three different Lobos running backs rush for 100 yards or more in a game...2008 (So.): Started 12 games...Surrendered only three sacks...Paved the way for the team to average 204.9 yards rushing per game, which ranked third in the conference and 16th in the nation...2007 (Fr.): Played in one game...Missed most of the season with a knee injury.

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