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Oakcrest graduate Brandon Bell named captain at Penn State

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Oakcrest High School graduate and Penn State University linebacker Brandon Bell was named defensive captain Tuesday for the Nittany Lions’ upcoming season.

Bell is a senior from Mays Landing who graduated from Oakcrest in 2013 and was a Press first-team All-Star. He started 11 games last season and was third on the team with 121/2 tackles for loss and 51/2 sacks. He was sixth in the Big Ten in forced fumbles with three. He finished the season with a game-high 11 tackles in a 24-17 loss to Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Jan. 2.

He will be joined by offensive captain center Brian Gaia and special teams captain linebacker Von Walker.

“These captains are proven leaders on and off the field and have been outstanding representatives of our program,” coach James Franklin said in a statement.

“These are guys that have our program’s best interest in mind and they bring us together as a group.”

Penn State begins its season Sept. 3 at home against Kent State.

Other locals on the Penn State roster include sophomore linebacker Manny Bowen (Barnegat), junior tight end Mike Gesicki (Southern Regional), and redshirt junior defensive tackle Antoine White (Millville).

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