PITTSBURG, Kan. – Senior defensive back Justin Bell (Columbus, Ohio) was tabbed a 2013 Don Hansen First Team All-American, his fifth All-American honor this postseason, while sophomore kicker Brent Wahle (Pataskala, Ohio) was named to the second team and senior offensive lineman Jake Brandt (Bexley, Ohio) to the honorable mention list.
Bell has been named to the AFCA, AP, BSN and Daktronics All-American teams following the season. He was also named OhioCollegeFootball.com's Co-Defensive Player of the Year, 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 and to Don Hansen's First Team All-Region.
He 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.
This is the third All-American honor for Wahle, who was also named to the AP and BSN teams. Wahle drilled five kicks of 45 yards or longer and also set a school-record with a 51-yard field goal. He's made 31 field goals in his career, which is already a school-record, and he also holds the school-record for most points scored with 195.
He hit 21-of-25 field goal attempts in 2013, setting a GLIAC mark for most makes in a season, and earned a pair of Special Teams Player of the Week honors. Wahle was also a First Team All-GLIAC pick in both football and soccer and earned all-region accolades in soccer.
This is the second All-American honor for Brandt, who was recognized by Daktronics earlier. A First Team All-Region pick by Don Hansen and First Team All-GLIAC selection, started 43 consecutive games at right tackle during his career, helping the Panthers re-write the school's offensive record books.
Brandt 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 ranked second in the nation in sacks allowed with five this year.
The Panthers won the GLIAC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA postseason for the first time in school history.
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