Bell feels less pressure in adjusted role at MSU
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, right, visits with kicker Devon Bell as he comes off the field. (SDN file photo)
Devon Bell feels like a burden was lifted off his shoulders this season.
The Mississippi State junior will be used exclusively as a punter and a kickoff man this year, rather than kicking field goals, which he did the last two seasons.
"It's a lot less stressful for me," Bell said. "I'm really enjoying it because it was what I was really brought in to do. I think I'm going to be pretty good this year."
Bell averaged 41.2 yards on 24 punts with a long of 62 yards, when he finally made the move to punter last season.
As a freshman, Bell kicked field goals and extra points. He made 14-of-21 field goals as a freshman with a long of 47. Early in his sophomore season, Bell was doing the same thing, but after going 6-for-14, head coach Dan Mullen decided to go a different route at that position.
"It was pretty big because this is my speciality," the Warren Central High School standout said of making the change last year. "I feel really good about it this year. I just want to go out there and do whatever I can to help the team out."
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