The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced its preseason all-conference football team Tuesday.
Markquese Bell, a redshirt senior defensive back at Florida A&M, was named to the conference’s preseason second team. Bell, a 2017 Bridgeton High School graduate, was one of three Rattlers selected to the team.
Bell is coming off a great 2019 season in which he made 63 tackles, including four for a loss, broke up nine passes and added five interceptions. FAMU went 9-2 that season but did not have a season in 2020 or this spring due to COVID-19.
Bell, a former four-star recruit, began his collegiate career at Maryland in 2017. He was suspended before the start of the season and withdrew from the university in November that year.
He spent the 2018 season at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas where he made 55 tackles and grabbed two interceptions.
The Rattlers begin this season Sept. 5 in the Orange Blossom Classic vs. Jackson State in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July 2013