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USF journal: Duran Bell returns to Bulls’ lineup

 
Published Nov. 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — USF running back Duran Bell returned to the field for the first time since the Bulls' Week 2 win against Georgia Tech. He's been out with an unspecified injury.

On Saturday, he managed 33 yards on nine carries in the Bulls' 27-17 loss to the Owls at Lincoln Financial Field.

"Love Duran, I was really proud of him," RB Jordan Cronkrite said. "It's nice having him out there. Less of a burden on my body as well."

Bell is a former Hillsborough High star. He rushed for 1,801 yards and 21 touchdowns in his prep career, totaling 2,189 all-purpose yards.

"Duran came in there and he played well for us," QB Blake Barnett said. "In the time he was in there he played really well and was explosive."

Looking ahead to the War on I-4

The Bulls will finish their season with a rivalry game against UCF. Barnett sees it as an opportunity to finish the tumbling season on the right note.

"We've got a big preparation week coming up for this game to try to finish our season strong," Barnett said. "This isn't the way we want to send our seniors out, so we've got to prepare and make the most of the situation."

Silver lining

Cronkrite became the fifth player in USF history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season with his 49-yard run in the first quarter.

It's the ninth time the feat has been reached, and the Bulls have had 1,000-yard rushers for five straight seasons, the longest streak in program history.

"The kid worked his butt off," Barnett said. "He's a great teammate and a great player."

EJ Smith, Special to the Times