Reports From Philadelphia Soul
PHILADELPHIA – The Arena Football League has announced that Soul linebacker Beau Bell (6’2, 245, UNLV) has been awarded both the Commissioner’s Award and Defensive Player of the Year for the 2017 season. Bell has also received First Team All-Arena for the 2017 season. The Commissioner’s Award recognizes an individual who has done considerable work to grow the game of Arena Football.
“There is no one who deserves these recognitions more than Beau,” said Soul head coach Clint Dolezel. “His ability to read offenses and make big plays are the reason that he is the top in the league. His knowledge and experiences from many years in the AFL have allowed him to be a leader and mentor to the younger players on our team.”
The 2017 season was a record-breaking season for Bell. He led the league with 13.0 sacks as well as breaking the Soul’s single season sack record (11.0 set by Teddy Jennings in 2014). He tallied 31.5 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble during the regular season. In three seasons with the Soul, Bell has recorded 68.5 total tackles, 19.5 sacks, and six pass break-ups. Bell was awarded First Team All-Arena in 2014 for his performance with the LA KISS, tallying 69.0 total tackles, 13.0 sacks and one interception for a defensive touchdown.
Bell has a mind for football, both on and off the field. He has been participating in an online scouting course since the beginning of the season, scouting different positions within the NFL. He breaks down game film in his spare time so he can assist Assistant Coach Phil Bogle with the defensive line. He also traveled to Daytona, FL in December 2016 to help coach the FCS Bowl with Bogle. Bell is driven by his passion for the game and is an inspiration to his fellow teammates.
“Beau is the ultimate professional; he lives and breathes football,” said Soul assistant head coach Phil Bogle. “He is always willing to help his teammates and is the most unselfish player I have ever coached. I am very proud of all he has accomplished.”
BOGLE AWARDED ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR
PHILDAELPHIA– The Arena Football League has announced that Soul assistant head coach/general manager Phil Bogle has been awarded Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2017 season.
“No one deserves this award more than Phil and I have really enjoyed working alongside with him over the past three seasons,” said Soul head coach, Clint Dolezel. “He has had a great deal of responsibility, both on field and off the field and has handled everything with poise and professionalism. Big things are coming for Phil and I look forward to seeing what his future holds.”
During his time as a coach, the Soul have made five post-season runs, won two conference championships and has coached a total of twelve All-Arena players. Bogle was responsible for five All-Arena players this season (Mykel Benson, Wayne Tribue, Sean Daniels, Justin Lawrence and Beau Bell). LB Beau Bell also led the league in sacks (13.0) and was awarded Defensive Player of the Year for 2017. He coached an offensive line that ranked first in fewest sacks against (7), a recognition that the team has held for the past few seasons.
Bogle played as a lineman for the Soul in 2007-08. He won All-Rookie team and First-team All-Arena in 2007. In 2008, he won First-Team All-Arena again and the ArenaBowl XXII Championship. He was also a finalist for the League’s Lineman of the Year award. In 2010, Bogle played for the Dallas Vigilantes and recorded four receptions for 19 yards and one touchdown. He also spent time in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes (2009), in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006, 2008), Cleveland Browns (2005), San Diego Chargers (2003) and in NFL Europe with the Hamburg Sea Devils (2006).