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MSU notebook: Bell has surgery to remove mass from brain

October 18, 2010

More details were revealed Monday on the surgical procedure performed on Mississippi State sophomore defensive end Nick Bell.
Bell’s operation was performed by former Mississippi State graduate Dr. Allen Sills, whose father was the MSU band director, at Vanderbilt University to remove a mass on his brain.
Sills’ statement confirmed that Bell had surgery to remove a mass from his brain and during the procedure there was evidence that the mass caused some bleeding in the brain prior to surgery. Sills went on to state the excess blood and the mass were both removed from Bell’s brain and he has returned home to recover.
Test results of the mass by physicians indicated the mass is a form of skin cancer, which is related to a lesion that was removed from his forehead 2 years ago.
“Nick will be undergoing further treatment for this mass in the weeks and months ahead,” Sills stated. “His physicians remain hopeful that he can return to football in the future when his treatments are completed.”
According to MSU officials, Bell began to feel headaches earlier during the last week of September before State’s victory over Alcorn State. An MRI scan of Bell’s head found a mass near the brain.
Bell will miss the remainder of the 2010 football season while he recovers from his surgery and goes through his regularly scheduled follow-up treatments. The sophomore had seven tackles, two of which were for losses in the first four games of the 2010 season. Bell had started both the Auburn and Georgia home games this season.
“Hopefully earlier in the week we’re going to find out a lot more,” Mullen said after the Alcorn State game. “Nick is heavy in our hearts and we’re hoping he makes it back and is healthy.”
Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said Monday the Bessemer, Ala., native has been seen in team meetings and been around the coaching staff since his surgery was completed.
 
Chris White named SEC Defensive Player of the Week
 
Chris White became the first Mississippi State player to be named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week Monday after the Bulldogs’ 10-7 win at Florida Saturday.
White recorded 11 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss in what MSU defensive coordinator Manny Diaz called the best defensive effort of the 2010 season.
“He brings a lot of leadership in how he plays with his work ethic,” Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said. “What you’re starting to see is a very talented football player that is really growing into his position.”
White has developed in Diaz’s defense, and a new aggressive style has allowed the 245-pound senior to be spotlighted as a key blitz option in pass rushing situations throughout the 2010 season.
Diaz mentioned Monday that one of the most underrated parts of White’s success at outside linebacker during the 2010 season is his speed that was tested by one of the league’s fastest skill position players last week in Florida’s Jeff Demps.
“I hear all the time (and) I don’t wear gloves or nothing and my teammates always pick on me for it,” White said jokingly Monday. “I just tell them I want to stay light and fast.”
The Gulf Coast Community College transfer is second in the league in tackles for loss (12) and is tied for second with five sacks.
“Chris has good length, which helps, and long arms that help him shed blocks,” Diaz said. “He’s just a good blitzer but it’s a matter of unrelenting pressure.”

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