TERRE HAUTE —
Shakir Bell has been named a first-team preseason all-America selection, The Sports Network announced Monday.
The Indiana State senior tailback was named to the Associated Press all-America third team last fall after picking up four different first-team honors in 2011.
He was named first team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2012 and finished third in the MVFC Offensive Player Of The Year balloting. He was also named to The Sports Network FCS All-America team last year and is the first Sycamore to earn back-to-back All-America honors since Richard Harris did it in 2000 and 2001.
Bell finished the 2012 season as ISU’s leading rusher with 269 attempts for 1,475 yards (third-best ever at Indiana State) and 11 TDs, with a long rush of 64 yards. He set the MVFC single-game rushing record with 349 yards on the ground against Drake.
Bell finished second in the league and sixth nationally in rushing yards per game (134.1); averaged 6.55 points per game, which was sixth in the MVFC and tied for 77th nationally; and his 147.0 all-purpose yards per game was second in the league and 17th in FCS.
Bell was the MVFC Offensive Player Of The Year in 2011 and finishing tied for second in the Walter Payton Award voting, the first sophomore ever to finish in the Top 3.
He needs just 542 yards to become Indiana State’s all-time leading rusher and eclipse the total of 4,335 yards set by Vincent Allen from 1973-77. He needs 953 to top Herb Donaldson’s MVFC record of 4,746 set from 2005-08 at Western Illinois.
Indiana State begins preseason practice Aug. 1 with the opener at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Indiana, a game that will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network.
• Three players, one coach selected — Three Wabash Valley players and one assistant coach have been selected for this summer’s North-South All-Star series, the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association announced Monday.
Playing for the South team are first baseman Sam Wolf of Terre Haute North, catcher Kaden Lawson of South Vermillion and pitcher Patrick Green of Shakamak.
One of the assistant coaches for the South team is longtime Terre Haute North assistant coach Fay Spetter.
Ryan Keaffaber of Northfield, a three-time all-stater and an Indiana State recruit, is one of the pitchers for the North team.
The weekend, which includes an all-star banquet and a showcase for underclassmen, is July 12-14 at Wabash College.