WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Seniors Jake Brandt (Bexley, Ohio) and Justin Bell (Columbus, Ohio) were each named Daktronics Second Team All-Americans, released Wednesday morning by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Brandt started 43 consecutive games at right tackle during his career, helping the Panthers re-write the school's offensive record books. A First Team All-GLIAC pick, he blocked for the first three 1,000 yard rushers in school history in Mike Noffsinger, Mark Nichols and Brandon Schoen and was part of an offensive line that allowed just 10 sacks over the past two seasons. ODU ranks second in the nation in sacks allowed with five this year.
In 2012, Brandt was an Honorable Mention All-GLIAC pick, and he was named a First Team Daktronics All-Region selection on Dec. 5.
Meanwhile, this is the third All-American honor for Bell in the past week, as he has also been recognized by the AFCA and BSN for his performance on the field.
Bell capped his career with a school-record 294 career tackles and a school-record seven fumbles forced. He tied a school-record with nine career interceptions and is tied for second with six fumble recoveries. Bell's career 14.2 punt return average is also a school-record.
In 2013 alone, Bell made 101 stops, had two interceptions, forced two fumbles and recovered one. He also returned 24 punts for an average of 14.4 yards per return and tied a GLIAC-record with a 91-yard return for a touchdown against Grand Valley, earning GLIAC Player of the Week honors.
Bell was named the GLIAC Defensive Back of the Year and is a two-time First Team All-GLIAC selection. He was also selected to the Daktronics Super Region Four First Team.
Ohio Dominican wrapped up its 2013 season with a 10-1 record overall, winning the GLIAC title outright and qualifying for its first postseason berth since joining Division II in 2010.
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