According to multiple sources, Ohio State linebacker Dorian Bell has been suspended for the entirety of the 2011 football season for a third violation of the same team rule.
Bell was already in the midst of serving a two-game suspension, which included the Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas. He was also going to be suspended for the season-opener against Akron.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Bell was expected to be a heavy contributor on special teams and perhaps compete for the vacant starting SAM linebacker spot. He was also slated to be Andrew Sweat’s backup at the WILL.
Bell appeared to be playing the best football of his young collegiate career this spring. He had a sack in the spring game, a week after recording six tackles and a sack in OSU’s second full-scale scrimmage that was open to the media.
Bell would have been a third-year sophomore in 2011. He was one of the top recruits in the country out of Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, but surprisingly redshirted in 2009. As a redshirt freshman in '10, he finished the season with nine tackles (three solo) and was credited with 0.5 tackles-for-loss.