Vonn Bell Is Still Salty About the Way Last Year Ended

By DJ Byrnes on April 8, 2014 at 11:07a
56 Comments

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.

From Ari Wasserman of Cleveland.com:

"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.

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trock's picture

I'm still salty about last year also. 

+24 HS
Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm still salty about how the '06 season ended.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

+21 HS
Buckeyevstheworld's picture

and '08...

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

+11 HS
NitroBuck's picture

You dudes have not been around long enough.  I'm still salty about '69, '70, '73, '75, '79, '93, '95, '96, '98, etc, etc, etc....

Ferio.  Tego.

+21 HS
Buckeyevstheworld's picture

93, '95, '96, '98,

Or you could just say "i'm still salty about the Cooper era".

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

+21 HS
ToledoMan's picture

Just be glad we're not Georgia fans and have to be salty every year.

+16 HS
GABuckeye's picture

As a resident of Georgia who has many UGA friends, so much this!  One of my friends cried two years ago when they lost to Alabama in the SEC championship because he knew that was their best chance at a National title.

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NitroBuck's picture

Or you could just say "i'm still salty about the Cooper era".

 

Dang it, Pepsi burns when you blow it out of your nostrils.  Good one!

Ferio.  Tego.

+3 HS
dan_isaacs's picture

Yeah, that was tough.  I lived in Toledo for most of that.  Really tough.

Dan Isaacs

+1 HS
Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

I am most definitely peppered for the Urban era'!!
 

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FitzBuck's picture

I'm salty about the Coop Era as well.  

 

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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BuckeyeJ's picture

He was one of my fav recruits when he announced. Wish he would have played more last year! 

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Jugdish's picture

I hope Vonn has the break out year that we all expect including him. The Bucks defense is going to be exciting to watch. After a bend but don't break attitude, let's bring the juice this year.

Remember to get your wolverine spayed or neutered. TBDBITL

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chirobuck's picture

Yeah hopefully Bell's attitude will spread and instead of a "bend but dont break" we will see more of a "break everything in sight" kinda d

 
^ best post ever ^

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That wasn't a "bend but don't break" defense last year. It was a "bend, break, and nuked" defense.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

+4 HS
tennbuckeye19's picture

combined with a 'I just hope our offense can score more point than theirs' approach, it seemed...

+2 HS
clogan1032's picture

That was the "Matador" defense last year.

+1 HS
toad1204's picture

Did we win?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

+6 HS
Buckeyevstheworld's picture

No. :(

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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InvertMyVeer's picture

Bell isn't the only one who 'feels some type of way' about the way last season ended 

Football is complicated...

+4 HS
acBuckeye's picture

The headline was incorrect. It should have read: "Vonn Bell Is Still Mystified About Sitting Behind Pitt Brown"

+47 HS
trock's picture

I agree, but glad that he never said something like that. 

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2morrow's picture

Excellent point! Up Vote!

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DJ Byrnes's picture

***Motions to Jason to be pulled from the game due to "injury"****

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Mark's picture

Love the attitude.  You have to stay hungry.  I have no idea why Brown played in front of this guy. 

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Ahh Saturday's picture

Salty chips aside for a moment --and each returning defender from last year's team ought to be strapped to a King-sized bag of them-- anger and embarrassment will only get you so far.  Being pissed off about last year doesn't automatically make you better next year.  I just hope the team is focused, and practicing hard, and I hope that Ash and Fickell can work together a lot better than Fickell and Withers did.

+6 HS
zebiraross's picture

I know I'm not the only one expecting great things for this young man this year.

Zeb

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BoFuquel's picture

The biggest problem was Withers and Coombs not working together. The safeties and CB never knew what the other was doing. that is what happens when you never meet in the same room. I put that blame on UM. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

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gm3jones's picture

How dare you place blame on UFM!

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

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Ghbuck23's picture

That is very true .. But blame Fickell next time..

Win Baby , Win

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doodah_man's picture

What's the Pizza guy have to say?

Jim "DooDah" Day
It is hard to play dirty against a man who picks you up.

GoBucks713's picture

BO is the pizza guy!!!

-The Aristocrats!

tussey's picture

When I first read "I put the blame on UM" I thought that's a stretch to blame M*chigan for our secondary problems, then I realized you were talking about Urban...

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buckskin's picture

Happy to hear he has some fuel.  I'm hoping Apple, Conley, and others are using it for motivation also.  Looking forward to better talent evaluation from the defensive staff this year and getting the best players on the field, not just the upperclassmen.

+2 HS
gm3jones's picture

Totally agree with this. Maybe last year fixes that issue (with Brown starting over Vonn)?

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Great mentality from Bell.  Love it.  This kid is gonna be good...and probably already is.

For whom the Bell tolls...We need the sound guy at the Shoe to get an awesome bell to ring (similar to the 3rd down bell) when VB lays the wood on someone or makes a sweet play.

+3 HS
JohnnyKozmo's picture

I'm thinking some AC/DC-Hell's Bell's

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Barnsey69's picture

Assuming Vonn is 100% this fall, our secondary will be making all of our opponents feel salty this season. Bell probably has a wallet like Samual L. Jackson's in Pulp Fiction. Somebody can help me with a GIF since I'm at work behind the Great Wall of Fire.

Go Bucks!

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DC-town's picture

Is there a link or updated numbers chart/ roster?  I see bell is rocking #7, which is sweet by the way as he'll represent the long line of ballers sporting the 7.

i couldn't recognize the bigs in the circle drill from student appreciation day

'Piss excellence' -RB

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TheBadOwl's picture

It's a picture from last fall, during training camp. Bell was initially wearing #7 but he ended up switching to #11 at the request of the coaches so they could put both him and Jordan Hall on special teams.

I think he tweeted a few weeks back that he was considering switching back to #7 (his HS number) but ultimately decided against it because he's starting the new chapter of his life.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

+1 HS
BuckWylde's picture

That's cool, as long as you're not including Ty (10 yards off the line of scrimmage) Howard!

BuckWylde

HilltopHustle's picture

Salty is good. It'll bring out his very best come this autumn.

BUCKfutter's picture

geez compare his look in that picture versus his commitment presser last year. go coach mick go

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

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buckeyeradar's picture

Coach Mick doesn't build characters he builds men.

Buckeye in Texas

You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Have any of you even noticed the guns on Bell? Good lord.

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tracyre's picture

so right on Bell!  I sure noticed!  

I actually am writing to say how much I like your signature... lol!!!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

He also looks 30.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Kingbuck12's picture

I was in jr high and hi school during the Cooper crap. I got killed by everyone. Now im married with kids and i cant rub it in peoples faces as much. Thanks Coop

Kingbuck12

okiebuck's picture

Channel that anger young man and show us it  on the field; talk is cheap.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

+2 HS
tracyre's picture

He was just starting to come on...as long as he stays healthy I think this will just add more hot sauce to his game!   Go V BELL! 

stantmann's picture

Never was a fan of Heacock and his bend but don't break defenses. Against USC, Texas, Florida, LSU and other good (not necessarily great) offensive teams, they would bend, and break. When Fickell was hired as DC, I thought all that would change, but he instilled the same defense, but it was much much worse. I thought we'd get more of a Freddy Pagic swarming defense since that is what Fickell played under. Hopefully Fickell turns his defense from a B type personality to an A type, like his playing days - Remember the 1997 Rose Bowl defense? Yeah, OSU has all the tools on defense to be that team again...

BuckWylde's picture

C'mon Stant, now, you KNOW that Fick's underachieving defenses were all because of Withers . . . sheesh!!!

BuckWylde

stantmann's picture

I've always blamed Withers, from the start, glad he is gone - But a certain amount of blame has to go through the DC. His job is to manage people and give direction, and with the talent OSU has, results should show in good defensive numbers. The numbers weren't there, and one would have to think it was because of the direction given... Not being in the know, my guess is the coaches just didn't gel...

You can't spell chump without UM's picture

 

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