2006: Fifth-year senior Shawn Bell, a 2006 Academic All-America candidate, emerged from spring practice as the Bears' No. 1 quarterback for the second consecutive year ... Baylor's all-time leader in completion percentage (.599), touchdown-to-interception ratio (2.71) and interception percentage (.013), he also ranks No. 7 in passing efficiency (117.86), No. 8 in career 200-yard passing games (seven), No. 9 in career completions (318), No. 10 in career pass attempts (531) and No. 11 in career passing yards (3,084) ... Bell needs 13 touchdown passes, 106 completions, 271 attempts and seven 200-yard performances to break the school's career marks in those categories, as well as 916 yards to become the Bears' seventh career 4,000-yard passer ... He owns a 6-8 record as Baylor's starting signal caller, including a 1-4 mark against ranked opponents ... A 3.47 student in education, Bell was named to the Big 12's Commissioner's Honor Roll every semester as an undergraduate and posted a 4.00 classroom mark over his last three semesters ... He graduated from Baylor with an education degree in May 2006 and will pursue a master's degree in sports management in his final collegiate season ... An outstanding ambassador for the Baylor football program, Bell was selected to the 11-member 2005 American Football Coaches Association I-A Good Works for his community service activities, the first Bear ever recognized by the organization.
2005: Team co-captain saw action in 10 games as a junior and posted a 5-4 record as Baylor's starting quarterback to earn his third varsity letter ... Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 and ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA All-District VI honors ... Ranked No. 75 nationally in total offense (190.6 ypg) and No. 68 in pass efficiency (119.6 rating) ... No. 6 in Big 12 in both pass efficiency and passing yards (196.4 ypg), No. 8 total offense ... Completed 59.4 percent of his passes (190-of-320) on year for 1,964 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions ... His 190 completions were a Baylor single-season record, surpassing Don Trull's 174 in 1963, while he ranked No. 2 in completion percentage (.594), pass attempts (320) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (2.00), tied for fifth in touchdown passes (12) and No. 5 in passing yards (1,964) ... Threw BU-record 161 straight passes without an interception prior to tossing two at SMU; then had a 151 pass attempt string snapped during first quarter vs. No. 16 Texas Tech ... Had 11 completions of 25-plus yards on season, four of which went for touchdowns, and has produced 17 such career plays with five going for scores ... His 55-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Zeigler at Oklahoma was a career-long and brought Bears within 27-25 late in the game; he then scrambled for two points on conversion attempt to tie game at 27-27 and force overtime ... Recorded first career rushing touchdown on a five-yard scamper against Nebraska ... Threw at least one touchdown pass in a career-high six straight games (games 2-7 of 2005 season), the longest regular-season string for a BU signal caller since Brad Goebel's seven-game streak to open the 1987 campaign ... Passed for 200 or more yards seven times in career, five of which came in 2005 ... Completed at least 60.0 percent of his passes in seven games, including a season-best 69.2 percent performance at Iowa State ... Hit 22-of-35 passes for a career-high 272 yards and one touchdown in Baylor's season-ending 44-34 victory over Oklahoma State ... Came off the bench late in the third quarter at Missouri and completed 18-of-29 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns to spark the Bears' offense ... Was 20-of-44 in the air for 228 yards and three touchdowns at Oklahoma ... Completed 18-of-26 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown at Iowa State while rushing six times for a season-high 33 yards to lead Baylor to its first-ever Big 12 Conference road win ... Had a season-long 16-yard run against the Cyclones ... His 25 completions at Texas A&M equaled the sixth-best one-game total in school history, while his 45 attempts matched the fourth-best single-game mark, as he threw for 222 yards ... Also topped the 200-yard passing mark at Army (205 yards) ... Averaged 29.5 yards on two punts with one inside the 20 ... Played 619 snaps ... For his community service efforts, he was selected to the 11-man 2005 American Football Coaches Association I-A Good Works Team, the first Bear ever recognized by the coaches organization ... Posted a 4.00 semester GPA for the third consecutive term (both spring and fall 2005 semesters, 2006 spring semester) to earn a place on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the seventh and eighth consecutive semesters, respectively.
2004: Appeared in nine games as a sophomore for Baylor and drew starts against No. 16 Texas A&M, at Texas Tech and at No. 25 Oklahoma State ... On the year, he hit 60.2 percent (68-of-113) of his passes for 544 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions ... Ranked No. 8 in Big 12 with a 118.1 pass efficiency rating and No. 11 in passing average (60.4 ypg) ... A second-team Academic All-Big 12 performer, he saw spot duty as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback until then-starter Dane King broke his hand in the Iowa State game which thrust Bell into the top job the following week against No. 16 Texas A&M ... He earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors from The Dallas Morning News after directing Baylor's 35-34 overtime win over the 16th-ranked Aggies in just his third career start ... Completed a school-record 32 passes for 262 yards with a school-record tying four touchdown passes against Texas A&M, all of which were career-highs at that point, as were his 50 attempts (which matched the second-best one-game total in school history) ... In the fourth quarter and overtime period against A&M, he was 16-of-23 for 139 yards with three touchdowns and the game-winning 2-point pass ... The following week in his second start of the season at Texas Tech, he was 9-of-22 passing for 83 yards ... He broke his non-throwing (left) hand in the first quarter of Baylor's game at No. 25 Oklahoma State and missed the remainder of that contest as well as the season-finale vs. No. 2 Oklahoma ... Connected on at least 60.0 percent of his pass attempts in six of his nine outings and rushed 19 times for minus-40 yards ... Completed three passes of at least 25 yards on year with one going for a touchdown ... Had one punt for 32 yards on the year, a kick which pinned Texas A&M inside its own 20-yard line early in the fourth quarter ... Also served as the Bears' holder on field goals and PATs ... Played 241 snaps to earn second letter ... Named to both the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and earned second letter after playing 241 snaps ... Recorded a 4.00 mark in the classroom over the spring 2005 semester.
2003: Played in eight games for the Bears as a redshirt freshman, drawing starts at No. 1 Oklahoma and against No. 24 Oklahoma State in Waco ... For the season, Bell hit 60-of-98 passes with one touchdown and one interception for 576 yards ... Connected on 61.2 percent of his throws for the year and rushed 16 times for 23 yards, an average of 1.4 yards per play ... Saw limited action over BU's first nine games, but came off the bench early in the third quarter against Texas Tech to hit 14-of-18 passes for 138 yards with no interceptions ... His performance against the Red Raiders earned him his first career start the following week at No. 1 Oklahoma and he responded by going 16-of-30 through the air for 108 yards and one interception ... Lone punt of the season was a 40-yarder against the Sooners, which pinned them inside their own 20 ... In his second start the following week against No. 24 Oklahoma State, Bell hit 21-of-33 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions ... His totals against the Cowboys for completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns were all career bests at that time ... Also picked up a career-high 34 yards rushing on four carries against the Cowboys ... Bell's first Baylor touchdown pass was a 12-yard strike to Robert Quiroga against Oklahoma State, while his 29-yard pass to Rashad Armstrong in the same game was a then-career-long completion ... Three completions went for at least 25 yards on season ... Named to both the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll ... Received first varsity letter.
2002: Redshirted as a true freshman, but was named to both the fall and spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
High School: China Spring High School, China Spring, Texas ... One of 52 players named to the Waco Tribune-Herald's Super Centex 50th anniversary team in 2004 ... Finished stellar prep career ranked third all-time in Texas high school history with 8,437 career passing yards and 525 career completions ... Named Super Centex Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player and District 17-3A MVP as a senior ... Posted a nearly 70 percent completion percentage as a senior, completing 224-of-324 passes for 3,308 yards, 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in directing the Cougars to an 11-2 record and a share of the district title ... Also rushed for 236 yards and scored four touchdowns on the ground ... Completed 138-of-273 passes for 2,303 yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a junior as China Spring went 10-2 and finished second in its district ... Named to the academic all-state 3A first team ... Rated as one of the nation's top 40 drop-back passers according to Max Emfinger ... Named one of the top 100 prospects in Texas (No. 92) by The Dallas Morning News ... Rated among the state's 10 best quarterbacks by Texas Football magazine and was a member of the Texas Top 300 ... Earned second-team 3A all-state honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association ... Named the nation's 37th-best pro-style quarterback by Rivals100.com ... Played in the Texas North-South All-Star Game ... Also lettered in track, basketball and baseball en route to Waco Tribune-Herald 2001-02 High School Athlete of the Year honors ... Graduated fourth in his class and served as his high school's FCA vice president ... President of school's BETA Club ... Coached by his father, Mark Bell, at the District 17-3A school.
Personal: The son of Mark and Becky Bell, Shawn Alan Bell was born Nov. 17, 1983, in Temple, Texas, and will celebrate his 23rd birthday the day before the Bears' 2006 finale against Oklahoma ... Graduated from Baylor in May 2006 with an education degree and plans on following in his father's footsteps as a football coach ... Enrolled in Baylor's sports management graduate program ... Shawn's father, Mark, is the highly successful head coach at nearby China Spring (Texas) High School.