The LA KISS announced today that they have been assigned former Spokane Shock linebacker Beau Bell. Bell is a three-year Arena Football League (AFL) veteran who has continued to grow his AFL career since 2011 to quickly become one of the best linebackers in the league.
“Beau is one of the best defensive players in the league and the exact type of player we are excited to build this franchise around,” stated Schuyler Hoversten, President of LA KISS. “Between his leadership capabilities, winning personality and incredible football talent, adding a player of Beau’s quality is sure to bring a new dimension of excitement to our 2014 season.”
Bell (6’2″, 240, UNLV) joins LA KISS following a stellar last three seasons as a member of the Spokane Shock. Throughout his time with the team, Bell collected 137 tackles (22 for a loss), 17 sacks, forced 6 fumbles and grabbed three interceptions. 2013 was a career year for Bell as he totaled 70 tackles, a team-high 8.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for a loss.
“Beau’s incredible size and speed, coupled with his high football IQ, make him a beast on the defensive side of the field,” says Bob McMillen, Head Coach for LA KISS. “I for one could not be more excited to see what he can do on the field in a LA KISS uniform, and for the veteran leadership he will bring to our locker room.”
A Los Angeles area native, Bell played football at Tustin High School in Tustin, California, before embarking on his collegiate career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As inside linebacker at UNLV, Bell played in 41 games (starting 26) and was ultimately named the 2007 Mountain West Conference Defensive MVP. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and has additional experience in the United Football League and Canadian Football League.