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Published: 2012/12/10
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1986 Florida Gators vs. #4 Auburn Tigers: Kerwin Bell
1986 Florida Gators vs. #4 Auburn Tigers: Kerwin Bell's Comeback
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1997 - 0-10 Indianapolis Colts Scramble to Find a Quarterback
Published: 2011/08/26
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Published: 2017/10/14
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Kerwin Bell discusses renovation to D.B. Milne Field
Published: 2010/07/06
Channel: JU Athletics
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Published: 2017/07/10
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Valdosta State University Head Coach Kerwin Bell After hearing Kalan Norris Speak
Published: 2016/02/18
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Bell to Nattiel
Published: 2006/10/17
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JU head coach Kerwin Bell
Published: 2008/11/15
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JU picked to tie for second in PFL Coaches' Poll
Published: 2009/08/10
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Devon Matthews & Ella Andall - D Journey (Make It) "2017 Soca" (Trinidad)
Published: 2016/12/14
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JU Head Coach Kerwin Bell calling for all fans to GREEN OUT Butler!
Published: 2013/09/25
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Daturo Millbrook Grand Prix 66.7% with Trisha Kerwin -Bell
Published: 2017/08/13
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Published: 2010/08/11
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Kerwin Bell on Rudell Small
Published: 2010/07/18
Channel: JU Athletics
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Kerwin Bell on Josh Philpart
Published: 2010/07/28
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Blazer Football - 2016 Preseason Day One
Blazer Football - 2016 Preseason Day One
Published: 2016/08/08
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Published: 2013/04/24
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2021 QB Gabe Contento 2017 Camp Tour Hightlights
Published: 2017/06/16
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Head Coach Kerwin Bell Interview With Richard Miller Bell may be Gator Offensive Coordinator
Published: 2011/12/19
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Blazer Sports Report for 2/25/16
Blazer Sports Report for 2/25/16
Published: 2016/02/25
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Michigan|-Florida preview
Published: 2017/09/02
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2016 Blazer Football - Selection Show
2016 Blazer Football - Selection Show
Published: 2016/11/13
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2017 Blazer Football   Preseason Week 1
2017 Blazer Football Preseason Week 1
Published: 2017/08/11
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Published: 2012/09/29
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Published: 2016/11/05
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Published: 2008/11/25
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Published: 2009/08/11
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Published: 2016/02/03
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VTS 01 1
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: Kerwin Bell
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JU Football Scrimmage Report - 8/15/09
Published: 2009/08/15
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Published: 2015/10/21
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Kerwin Bell
Personal information
Date of birth: (1965-06-15) June 15, 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth: Live Oak, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Mayo (FL) Lafayette County
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 7 / Pick: 180
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career CFL statistics
Pass attempts: 2,588
Completions: 1,560
Percent complete: 61.0%
Passing yards: 19,538
Passing TDs: 101
Interceptions: 80
Player stats at NFL.com

Kerwin Douglas Bell (born June 15, 1965) is an American college and professional football coach and former player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL), World League of American Football (WLAF) and the Canadian Football League (CFL) for fourteen seasons in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Bell played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for four NFL teams, one WLAF team and four CFL teams. He was the head coach of the Jacksonville Dolphins football team of Jacksonville University from 2007 to 2015. He was announced as the head coach of the Valdosta State Blazers football team of Valdosta State University on January 22, 2016.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bell was born in Live Oak, Florida in 1965.[2] He attended Lafayette County High School in Mayo,[3] where he was the quarterback of his high school football team and earned the nickname of "the throwin' Mayoan."

College career[edit]

After graduating from high school, Bell attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played quarterback for the Florida Gators football team under coach Galen Hall from 1983 to 1987.[4] Bell did not initially receive an athletic scholarship, but was a walk-on player who was initially the eighth quarterback on the Gators' depth chart.[5] He saw no playing time as a freshman in 1983, and was redshirted by the coaching staff.

Bell received his chance to become the Gators' starting quarterback when all of the scholarship quarterbacks ahead of him transferred or were injured prior to the start of the 1984 season, and finally became the primary signal caller when starter Dale Dorminey suffered a serious knee injury in practice just four days before the season opener against the defending national champion Miami Hurricanes.[6] Behind the Gators' outstanding offensive line, memorably dubbed "The Great Wall of Florida," and which included Phil Bromley, Lomas Brown, Billy Hinson, Crawford Ker and Jeff Zimmerman, and supported by fullback John L. Williams, halfback Neal Anderson and wide receiver Ricky Nattiel, Bell made the most of his opportunity and led the Gators to a 9–1–1 seasons in 1984, an SEC championship, and a top-5 national ranking. However, due to NCAA infractions committed under coach Charley Pell, the Gators' were ineligible for bowl consideration and their SEC championship was vacated months later. In 1985, now with a full scholarship, Bell led the Gators to a second consecutive 9–1–1 record. The Gators also finished with best-in-the-conference records of 5–0–1 and 5–1 in 1984 and 1985 and held their first ever No. 1 ranking in the AP poll during the season.[7] Due to mainly to the effects of ongoing NCAA probations, the Gators' record slipped to 6–5 in 1986 and 6–6 in 1987, Bell's junior and senior seasons. A highlight of those campaigns was Florida's upset of the No. 5 and undefeated Auburn Tigers in November 1986. Bell had injured his knee a month prior and did not start the game. But with the Gators trailing 17–0 in the fourth quarter, he entered the contest wearing a large knee brace and led his team to a dramatic 18–17 comeback win, capped with a last-minute touchdown pass to Ricky Nattiel followed by Bell himself "hobbling" into the endzone for a successful two-point conversion.[8]

Bell was the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Player of the Year in 1984, an honorable mention All-American in 1985 and 1986, a first-team All-SEC selection in 1985, and the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award and a team captain in 1987.[4] He finished his four-year college career with 549 completions on 949 passing attempts, for 7,585 yards and fifty-six touchdowns.[4]

Bell graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1987, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1997.[5][9] Among the top 100 Gators of the first 100 years of Florida football, the sportswriters of The Gainesville Sun ranked him the No. 26 greatest Gator of all time in 2006.[10]

Professional career[edit]

Bell had a well-traveled football career. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the seventh round (180th pick overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft,[11] but did not play for the Dolphins. He spent part of 1989 as the Buccaneers' third-team quarterback. He did play for the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football. He threw for 2,214 yards in 1991, but was a backup in 1992 when the Thunder went to the World Bowl.

He began a seven-year Canadian Football League career in 1993, with the Sacramento Gold Miners, part of the failed CFL expansion into the United States.[12] As a back-up quarterback in 1993, Bell threw for 296 yards, but his passing production increased to 1,812 yards in 1994.[12] Bell played for the Edmonton Eskimos in 1995.[12]

In 1996, Bell landed a roster spot with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL, and in week 15 he entered the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bell attempted five passes and completed all of them, throwing for 75 yards and a touchdown on the day.[13] He never again threw a pass in a regular season NFL game,[14] leaving him with the highest career passer rating of any quarterback in NFL history.[2]

After spending the 1996 season with the Indianapolis Colts as a backup,[13] Bell returned in 1998 with the Toronto Argonauts, and had his best professional year, throwing for 4,991 yards and completing 67.3 percent of his passes.[12] He threw for 501 yards against Edmonton on September 26, 1998. Bell played in 1999 and 2000 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but would return to the Argonauts for part of the 2000 and the 2001 seasons.[12] Bell passed for 8,811 career yards in forty-six regular season games in Toronto.[12]

During his nine-season CFL career, Bell played in 126 regular season games, completed 1,560 passes in 2,558 attempts, and threw 101 touchdowns.[12]

Coaching career[edit]

Bell's coaching career started in 1990, a year in which he was sidelined from his playing career while recovering from a knee injury. Bell spent the 1990 football season as a graduate assistant coach under Steve Spurrier in Spurrier's first season as head coach at the University of Florida, after which Bell resumed his playing career, signing with the Orlando Thunder of the WLAF. Bell next held a coaching position in 2001, when he served as the offensive coordinator for the Toronto Argonauts during his last season as an active player. After retiring as a player, Bell returned to his home state and became the head football coach at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Florida. Under Bell, Trinity Catholic won the 2005 Florida 2B state high school football championship and was state runner-up in 2006.

Jacksonville University[edit]

In 2007, Bell became the head coach of the Jacksonville University football program.[15] In the program's second season, the JU Dolphins went 9-4 and won the Pioneer Football League (PFL) championship. Bell was recognized as the PFL Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award. Bell's squad again won the PFL championship in 2010 with a 10-1 record.[16]

Bell has been rumored to be a candidate for coaching positions at major college programs and interviewed to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Florida in 2011.[17] He has been quoted as saying that he intends to build a "strong legacy" as Jacksonville University's head coach and would only leave for "the right situation".[18]

Despite compiling a 66-35 record and winning three PFL championships at a school that had only posted one winning season before his arrival, Bell's contract was not renewed after the 2015 season due to "philosophical differences".[19][20] While the school's administration wanted to keep the football program as-is, Bell had publicly mentioned his goal of eventually growing the non-scholarship Jacksonville program into a scholarship-based program which could better compete with other scholarship-supported programs in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).[21]

Valdosta State[edit]

In January 2016, Bell was named the new head coach of the Blazers of Valdosta State University, a scholarship football program that competes in NCAA Division II.[22]

Head coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Jacksonville Dolphins (Pioneer Football League) (2007–2015)
2007 Jacksonville 3–8 2–5 T–6th
2008 Jacksonville 9–4 7–1 1st L Gridiron Classic
2009 Jacksonville 7–4 6–2 T–3rd
2010 Jacksonville 10–1 8–0 T–1st
2011 Jacksonville 7–4 6–2 3rd
2012 Jacksonville 7–4 5–3 T–4th
2013 Jacksonville 5–6 4–4 6th
2014 Jacksonville 9–2 7–1* T–1st*[23]
2015 Jacksonville 9–2 6–2* T–3rd*
Jacksonville: 66–35 52–19 *Official record was 0–0 due to rules violations
Valdosta State Blazers (Gulf South Conference) (2016–present)
2016 Valdosta State 8–3 6–2 T–2nd
Valdosta State: 8–3 6–2
Total: 74–38
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kerwin Bell Named Valdosta State Head Football Coach," VStateBlazers.com (January 22, 2016). Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Kerwin Bell. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  3. ^ databaseFootball.com, Players, Kerwin Bell Archived 2011-06-10 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c 2012 Florida Football Media Guide Archived 2013-05-27 at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 76, 87, 89, 92, 93, 94, 95, 101, 105, 116, 121, 141–142, 150, 153–154, 165, 176, 189 (2012). Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Pat Dooley, "Bell of the ball: Kerwin joins UF hall," The Gainesville Sun, p. 1C (April 4, 1997). Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  6. ^ Paul Jenkins, "Dale Dorminey: guy who made Kerwin Bell famous," Lakeland Ledger, p. 1D (September 13, 1987). Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  7. ^ Herschel Nissenson, "It's official: Gators are tops," The Evening Independent, p. 1-C (November 5, 1985). Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "Ask Not for Whom the Bell Tolls: Florida 18, Auburn 17," The Gainesville Sun (November 2, 1986). Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  9. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  10. ^ Robbie Andreu & Pat Dooley, "No. 26 Kerwin Bell," The Gainesville Sun (August 8, 2006). Retrieved April 1, 2013.
  11. ^ Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1988 National Football League Draft. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g CFLapedia.com, Players A–Z, Kerwin Bell. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  13. ^ a b National Football League, Historical Players, Kerwin Bell. Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  14. ^ Cobb, Bradley, "The Perfect Colts Quarterback"
  15. ^ 2011 Jacksonville University Football Media Guide, Coaching Staff, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, pp. 7–9 (2011). Retrieved August 26, 2011.
  16. ^ http://jacksonville.com/opinion/premium/blog/491140/gene-frenette/2013-11-18/gene-frenette-kerwin-bell-s-future-heart-ju-football
  17. ^ http://jacksonville.com/sports/college/florida-gators/2011-12-17/story/source-floridas-will-muschamp-interviewed-jus-kerwin
  18. ^ http://members.jacksonville.com/opinion/premium/blog/491140/gene-frenette/2013-11-18/gene-frenette-kerwin-bell-s-future-heart-ju-football
  19. ^ Gene Frenete (December 3, 2015). "Kerwin Bell out as Jacksonville coach". jacksonville.com. The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Jacksonville parts ways with Kerwin Bell after 9 seasons". Fox Sports. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  21. ^ Gene Frenette (November 30, 2015). "What is Kerwin Bell's future at JU?". jacksonville.com. The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  22. ^ Gabe Burns (January 28, 2016). "Kerwin Bell Wants to Win in Style". The VSU Spectator. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Football Program Compliance Update". Jacksonville University. November 14, 2014. Archived from the original on November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.

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