Derrius Bell is in his second season on the UTEP coaching staff, directing the cornerbacks.

Bell mentored one cornerback in particular in Justin Rogers. The sophomore earned Conference USA All-Freshman honors after posting 17 tackles and ranking second on the team with seven pass breakups. Rogers picked off a pass, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Starting junior cornerback Nik Needham excelled under Bell as he led the team with 11 pass breakups (ranked t-seventh in C-USA). Needham ranked fifth on the defense in tackles (54).

The Miners’ pass defense ranked third in C-USA (209.0 yards allowed per game) as the safeties excelled in the backfield. UTEP also ranked fifth in total defense (419.3 yards allowed per game). 

Bell served as the Mustangs' defensive coordinator of quality control from 2013-2014. Prior to being promoted to quality control, Bell was a graduate assistant under Miners’ defensive coordinator Tom Mason.

In 2012 he was instrumental in the Mustangs’ defensive journey, as they posted two shutouts and tied an NCAA interception record. The defense ranked 15th nationally in rush defense with just 118 yards per game, while also tying for third in takeaways (37), ranking second in fumble recoveries for touchdowns (16) and leading the nation in interceptions for touchdowns (eight).

Bell not only aided Mason for three seasons but also played for him at SMU. He lettered for the Mustangs for three seasons (2007-2009) and appeared in over 20 games. During his playing career, he notched 66 tackles and two interceptions. As a sophomore he started in 11 games and totaled 53 stops, 5.5 tackles for loss and nine pass breakups. In 2007 he saw action in nine games as a true freshman.

Prior to heading to SMU, Bell was rated the 12th-best corner prospect in the country by As a senior at Hillcrest High School he recorded 59 tackles, three picks and seven pass breakups. Bell also made an impact on special teams and offense, notching two kickoff returns for touchdowns and catching 13 passes for 158 yards and a score.

Bell received his degree from SMU in 2011. His older brother Dustin Bell played corner for the Miners in two seasons (2008-2009).

Derrius Bell

Derrius  Bell

Cornerbacks Coach

Alma Mater:
SMU 2011


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