Nov. 25, 2008
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Southern Conference head football coaches have selected Furman tackle Joel Bell as the recipient of the league's 2008 Jacobs Blocking Award, it was announced today.
The Jacobs Blocking Award, originated in 1928 by Dr. William P. Jacobs II of Presbyterian College, is given annually by the Jacobs family of Clinton, S.C., to the top blocker in the state of South Carolina, Southern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, and Southeastern Conferences.
Bell, a 6-foot-7, 318-pound senior from Spartanburg, S.C., is the 13th Paladin to capture the prestigious honor and first by a Paladin since 2004. Furman's 13 Jacobs Blocking Award winners are the most by any current or former Southern Conference member school.
A four-year letterman, Bell saw action in 49 games and earned 36 starts at left tackle during his Furman career. He twice earned All-Southern Conference honors and registered over 2,600 plays for the Paladins, helping Furman to 32-17 overall record and 19-10 league mark during his playing tenure.
He was twice named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll and was selected to the 2008 Sports Network Preseason All-America squad.