Vonn Bell has had a rough go of it in his first year at Ohio State; he rode pine last year before starting in the Orange Bowl. And while he probably made the most athletic defensive play of the year in that game, it was ultimately for nothing as Ohio State derped the game away.
Fast forward to spring ball, where Bell came in as an entrenched starter. That lasted less than one practice as Bell tore his MCL during seven-on-seven drills.
But Vonn Bell is not a quitter, and he's ready to turn Ohio State's losses of last season into victories in the next.
"It is still a knot in my stomach – it bothers me every day. So I challenge myself to do better every day and watch film and compete. We're going to fix that problem next season.
"I have the same expectations for myself - to be a part of a fearless defense. And I am going to make plays."
Temporary setbacks are fuel for great athletes, and it's good to see Bell — despite the untimely injury — has cultivated quite the chip on his shoulder. Now if he can instill this mindset on everyone in the secondary, Ohio State's defense should be on the up and up in 2014.