Bell had a great sophomore season and was an All-Pac-10 performer as a result. Bell has great speed, especially in the open field and really thrived in the one-back spread offense. The best news is that the Cats will utilize a very similar offensive set.
The hype for Bell should be in high gear, and to be honest it is more than warranted. Bell was critical in the Wildcats' win over Washington and was the player opposing defenses most had to prepare for.
Just who backs up Bell is the big question.
Chris Henry saw some action early last season before an injury cut his season short. The good news is he got hurt early enough to preserve his redshirt and he'll get a second shot at his freshman campaign.
Henry has a nice mix of strength and speed and gives the Cats a little different look than Bell does.
Brenton Bolden is a name many Wildcat fans have forgotten about. Bolden redshirtted last season, but showed some early promise in fall camp. He's a bit undersized, but hit the hole hard and has a nice burst.
Gilbert Harris was suspended at the end of last season, but has been reinstated and will be back in action for the Wildcats. He was a fullback last season, but "cross trained" at halfback. The Cats won't use many two-back sets, so Harris will have to prove his mettle at the half back spot. He's a very nice receiver out of the backfield but has not proven himself as a runner.
The big question will be the status of Beau Carr and Gainus Scott. Both had their share of injuries and off field problems and their exact status is not known. Scott is a quick scat-back type, while Carr is more of a bruising inside runner.
With the fullback spot being phased out, it looks like Pedro Limon and Sean Jones could move to defense, most notably, linebacker. Limon began his career on defense, so it is not out of the question that he could make an easy transition back to that side of the ball.
Just like the quarterback spot, the Cats did not sign a running back for the fall, so there is no additional help on the way.
SOMETHING TO PROVE: Gilbert Harris was suspended last season, but is back on the team. He has to show that he is worthy of the second chance.
BIG MYSTERY: No one has seen much of Brent Bolden. As a true freshman he showed flashes of why some recruiting analysts thought he was one of the biggest sleepers in Texas. He used his redshirt and now has the spring to show what he can really do.