“I’m looking for them to win those first three games and hopefully we’ll give Clemson a match,” Bell said. “It would be big if we beat Clemson.”
UNC opens with consecutive home games (Liberty and San Diego State), followed by a Sept. 20 trip to play East Carolina.
Bell, a 5-foot-9, 168-pound cornerback from Cornelius (N.C.) Hough, will be in Kenan Stadium for the Tar Heels’ opener this Saturday.
In addition to three or four games in Chapel Hill, Bell will be in attendance when the Tar Heels travel to Clemson on Sept. 27 with teammate Van Smith, who is committed to the Tigers. Bell may also attend other Clemson games, but it would be purely for enjoyment purposes.
“I’ll go up there [to Clemson] and be [Smith’s] guest,” Bell said. “It’s just a friendly rivalry between the two of us.”
Bell speaks to Gunter Brewer, who recruits the Charlotte area for UNC, just about every day. Bell also communicates occasionally to Dan Disch, UNC’s cornerbacks coach.
“They ask me who we play – my opponents every week,” Bell said. “Like, ‘What do you think of this guy?’ Like this week, they told me to look out for [Albert] Funderburke and tell them how good he is. And then they just wish me good luck.”
Funderburke ended up rushing for 194 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries against Hough on Thursday night. Hough came out with a 34-20 victory over Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley, but looked sloppy thanks to Funderburke.
“No disrespect, but we come out expecting to win every game,” Bell said. “The way it went today, we aren’t happy and Coach [Miles] Aldridge isn’t happy. We played well, but we allowed three bad plays and that almost cost us the game. Coach is going to be pretty upset. We gave up two big runs and a trick play on a double-pass.”
Individually, Bell was solid – to say the least. He had three tackles, broke up two passes, and returned two punts for 50 yards.
“I didn’t get a couple of breaks,” Bell said. “I had a punt return that I had only one more guy to beat. I feel like I got horse-collared, but I don’t know.
“And then I had one break up on an out. I should have had the one-handed pick, but I couldn’t make it happen.
“I feel like I was this close to getting into the end zone. Hopefully we get it next week and make up for it.”
Most importantly, not a single pass was completed on Bell.
“Deflections, they aren’t a big deal,” Bell said. “I have to get some picks. I have to work on it and hopefully those deflections turn into interceptions.”
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