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Sunday, December 12, 1976

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seventeen

Ric BeI spurns spotlight

By DAVE RENBARGER
"It annoys me when people
introduce me: 'This is Ricky
Bell, the USC tailback,' " says
Ricky Bell.
With that, I would like to in-
troduce you to Ricky Bell-USC
speech major.
In his spare time, Bell enjoys
the mountains, the beach, lift-
ing weights, playing basketball
and listening to rock music.
His close friends know him as
Ricky Bell, a hard-working, ded-
icated young man, humble in
demeanor and quiet by nature.
The rest of the world knows
him as Ricky Bell, the Univer-
sity of Southern California
tailback, whose unique com-
bination of speed and power
sets him apart from all the
rest.
After his first two years at
Southern Cal, n o b o d y knew
much about Bell.
In his freshman year, the pro-
gram listed him as an outside
linebacker. He saw enough ac-
tion to earn a letter-one of only
three first-year men to do so.
The next year, then-Trojan
coach John McKay put him at
the fullback slot, alongside a
fellow by the name of Anthony
Davis. Bell spent most of his
time that season clearing the
way for the All-American Davis.

Carrying the ball only 45
times, Bell still managed 299
yards. Not bad for a blocking
back, bt not exactly enough to
make Ricks Bell a housnhold
name.
With DlJtsis graduating thaC
spring, Bell saw his opportunity
and vowed to make the most of
it. The foltowing summer, he
never stopped training, and
when fall practice rolled aroid,
McKay named the virtually un-
known Bell as his starting tail-
back.
Playing tailback is some-
thing special at Southern Cal
and Bell knew it. Like the
quarterback at Notre Dame or
the- centerfielder for the New
York Yankees, the USC tail-
back must always chase le-
gends from the past. Follow-
ing the greats like 0. J. Simp-
son, Mike Garrett and Davis,
Bell faced competition both
from his opponents and fron
history.
"I couldn't have been just a
good football player," summed
sip Bell, "I had to be a great
one."
Ever since his first game as
the Southern Cal tailback, Bell
has been a great one. In fact,
he just might be the greatest.
In his opening game, Bell
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