Belue making his mark with Alabama

BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Former Northeast Mississippi Community College standout cornerback Deion Belue has made an impression at the University of Alabama both in the spring and early in the fall and looks tocontinue to fight for a starting spot for the 2012 season with the Tide.

Belue was a two-year starter for NEMCC head football coach Ricky Smither where he excelled at the cornerback and inked with the defending Associated Press and Bowl Championship Series (BCAS) national champions in December 2011.

During his time at Northeast, Belue electrified Tiger fans with his abilities in the secondary, on offense and on special teams.

In the 2011 season, Belue was a Mr. Do-Everything for the Tiger football team.

Belue hauled in passes on offense, helped lead one of the best defenses in the league during the 2011 season and is currently ranked nationally in punt and kick returns for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Belue was named to the 2011 NJCAA football All-Americans list as a second-team honoree at defensive back.

Belue's selection to the exclusive list marked just the second time in school history that the Tigers have had All-Americans in back-to-back years.

In addition to his 2011 All-American status, Belue was also named to the NJCAA Region XXIII team. On the Region XXIII team, Belue was the only North Division player to be named an All-Region defensive back.

Belue returned over four punt returns for touchdowns during his career at Northeast and added four kick-off returns for scores – with a long of 90 yards against the defending National and State Champions of junior and community colleges -- the East Mississippi Community College Lions.

During his sophomore campaign, Belue broke the 100-yard plateau in kick returns twice – 127 versus East Mississippi and 105 against Copiah-Lincoln and registered 90-yard games against East Central and Coahoma.

Perhaps Belue's most impressive showing came in week five of the 2011 season at the Northeast verses Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he made an acrobatic interception and returned it 60 yards to pay dirt, to help propel the nationally ranked Tigers to a 34-28 victory and a perfect 5-0 mark during 2011.

University of Alabama's head coach Nick Saban is high on Belue's ability and on what the former Tiger standout can add to his program.

"We only usually recruit junior college guys here if we have a need, most of those guys have been very successful, and Deion Belue is a guy that we recruited out of high school, because we thought he was a very good player," Saban said. "We're excited about the ability that he has and how he may contribute, and how it gives us a little more experience, a little more mature player to play at a position where we have a need created by the guys that we lost."

Belue will definitely show his incredible abilities at the next level and should give his new fans plenty to cheer about during the 2012 season for the Crimson Tide.

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