Played in all 13 games, with one start...Finished his career with 2,290 rushing yards, ninth-most in school annals...Gained 215 yards on 61 carries (3.5 avg.) with one TD, and caught 11 passes for 55 yards (5.0 avg.)...Also threw his first career pass, an interception, and made four tackles on special teams...Served as a lineman on CSU's kickoff return team, testament to Steve Fairchild's philosophy that the importance of special teams warrants using the team's best players...Started the opener with Gartrell Johnson in a split backfield, vs. Colorado at Denver (Aug. 31), and helped John Mosure return a kickoff 90 yards for a TD by delivering a key block; also, on offense, picked up a blitzing safety, allowing Billy Farris enough time to find Dion Morton for the Rams' first 2008 points, a 21-yard TD...In triumph vs. Houston (Sept. 20), had his most carries (14) and rushing yards (64) since Oct. 20, 2007, a win at UNLV; also scored just his second rushing TD over his previous 13 games (had a TD vs. Georgia Southern, Nov. 17, 2007)...At Cal (Sept. 27), converted a fourth-down carry just past midfield to keep a first-quarter drive alive; later, in the fourth quarter, was rushed into a designed pass -- the first of his career -- and was intercepted at the Cal 7-yard line...In second quarter of close loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), picked up a blitzing linebacker in his own end zone to allow Farris time to convert a third-and-5 pass...At Air Force (Nov. 8), caught a second-half pass for 10 yards and a first down...In win at Wyoming (Nov. 22) that made CSU bowl eligible, put life into a stagnant Rams offense; with CSU trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, carried four times in one drive, for 28 yards, including 19 yards on the series' first two plays, to help move the Rams into field-goal position and provide their first points...In final college game, the New Mexico Bowl triumph vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), poetically secured an onside kick in the final seconds to eliminate any hope the Bulldogs had, a fitting honor for a player whose attitude was outstanding despite nearly two years of playing as a reserve RB after his 2006 knee injury...Enjoyed a solid spring and fall camp to enter the season as a co-starter.
Played in all 12 contests, starting Games 1-5, and carried 180 times for 691 yards (3.8 avg.), with four TDs...Averaged 57.6 rushing yards per game, 10th in the Mountain West...Also caught 10 passes for 43 yards (4.3 avg.)...At the outset of the season, picked up where he left off at the end of `05, with a pair of 100-yard rushing efforts in Games 1-2, and 73 hard-earned yards in Week 3...Showed no signs of the knee injury, which robbed him of his `06 campaign, in his first game back, at Colorado (Sept. 1), racking up 135 yards on a career-high 40 carries; capped an important third-quarter drive with a 13-yard TD run...Reached the century mark again vs. No. 10 Cal (Sept. 8), with 102 yards and two touchdowns on 26 attempts; punched in a 3-yard carry with 50 seconds left to pull CSU within one score in a valiant comeback attempt...At Houston (Sept. 22), picked up 6 tough yards on a draw to set up a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter...After shifting from a starter to a reserve prior to Game 6, in seven games averaged 4.6 yards per carry (65-296), including his longest run since the `05 Poinsettia Bowl, 22 yards vs. Utah (Oct. 27)...Prior to the move, in five games as a starter, averaged 3.4 yards per carry (115-395).
Missed entire season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during practice four days prior to the opener...Named to the all-MWC first team by Athlon and Lindy's, and was named the MWC preseason Offensive Player of the Year by Lindy's...Named to The Sporting News preseason all-MWC team and was ranked as the No. 16 running back in the nation...Named to the preseason all-MWC team by Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook.
Enjoyed one of the finest individual rushing campaigns in program history, with 1,288 yards -- most ever by a CSU sophomore -- on 276 carries (4.7 avg.) and 10 TDs in 12 games (10 starts)...Named to the ESPN The Magazine academic all-district first team, and to the academic All-America second team...Also earned academic all-conference honors...Was second in the Mountain West and 22nd nationally in rushing (107.6 yards per game)...His season rushing total ranked fourth in school history, the 16th 1,000-yard rushing performance ever at CSU...Led the Rams to a berth in the Poinsettia Bowl (Dec. 22), where he rushed 22 times for 122 yards and scored once, vs. Navy...Went over 1,000 yards for the season with a 176-yard performance against San Diego State (Nov. 12)...Carried a then-career-high 35 times, for 123 yards, vs. Wyoming (Oct. 22)...Ran for a game-high 140 yards on 25 carries, including a game-winning 49-yard score, against Utah (Oct. 8)...Posted a career-high 197 yards, on 32 carries, and scored three touchdowns against Air Force (Oct. 1)...Earned first career start and rushed for 183 yards on 33 carries against Nevada (Sept. 24).
As a true freshman, played in four games at running back...Ranked fourth on the team at season's end with 96 rushing yards, on 26 carries (3.7 avg.)...Carried 15 times for 39 yards, both season highs, in win at UNLV (Nov. 13).
As a 2003 senior at Weld Central High School in Keenesburg, Colo., became Colorado's all-time leading prep rusher with 8,248 yards in his career...Ranked 13th nationally in all-time rushing yards...Posted 2,733 yards on the ground in 2003 and was held below 200 yards just twice during his senior campaign...Named MVP of the North team in the Colorado all-state game, gaining 89 yards on 17 carries and scoring a touchdown...Four-time team MVP...Team captain...Named a four-time all-conference and all-state performer and was a state semifinalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman award...Ranked first in his class with a 4.15 grade-point average...Also competed in basketball, baseball and track and field...Head football coach was Matt Sloan.
Given name Kyle Edward Bell...Born June 16, 1985, in Greeley, Colo. ...Son of David and Marie Bell...Has one sister...Majoring in technical journalism...Hometown: Keenesburg, Colo.
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