Tyler Bell’s football career at Wake Forest has ended with the redshirt junior running back suffering two torn ACLs in less than two years. He’s been medically disqualified from continuing his career with the Deacons.
Bell missed last season while recovering from the first injury, suffered in the off-season. He returned and was competing with Christian Beal for third in the running backs hierarchy behind Matt Colburn II and Cade Carney, but suffered another torn ACL in Wake Forest’s second scrimmage of the spring.
Coach Dave Clawson said after that happened in the spring that “he’s a great kid, he’s worked so hard to come back. He was looking probably better than he’s ever looked.”
Bell will transition into something of a student assistant coach, and his experience should prove valuable. He finished the 2015 season as the Deacons’ leading rusher, with 451 yards on 129 carries — becoming the first true freshman to lead Wake Forest in rushing since 1982 (Michael Ramseur). He also had 18 catches for 127 yards that year.