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Right Place, Right Time For Jaheim Bell

A new year, a new home for senior tight end Jaheim Bell—perhaps a change was needed all along.

There is no question of his talent or how dynamic he can be offensively, yet a change may be what helps Bell reach his full potential, a thought that should scare opposing defenses.

2022 did not go as expected for Bell, considering how productive he was in his redshirt freshman year with the South Carolina Gamecocks. That year, Bell finished second on his team in receptions (30) and receiving yards (497), while leading his team in receiving touchdowns with five.

Though perceived as his breakout year, many pundits believe Bell was ready for even greater things in his redshirt sophomore year, as he was named among the best returning tight ends in the Power Five. Yet, nagging leg problems prior to the season affected his production, as his receiving numbers dropped from the 2021 season. At the same time, Bell opened up a new dimension in his skills as a rusher. In 12 games last season, Bell rushed for 261 yards on 73 carries.

Giving his all to the Gamecocks program, Bell was due for a change, which he found in the offensive-centric program of Florida State, a team coming off a successful 10-3 campaign and featuring a potential Heisman candidate in quarterback Jordan Travis. With the right quarterback and coaching on his side, Bell has the chance to help elevate the Seminoles to ACC contenders while placing himself among the top playmakers in college football. For him, 2023 may be the year he reaches the heights he never did with South Carolina and becomes a household name in the process.

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