Ronnie Bell said last week’s four-interception game against William and Mary wasn’t his best performance, and that he expects better this week against New Hampshire.
Bell showed poise and a great arm in the first start of his collegiate career, according to coach Bill Curry. But that great arm also got Bell into trouble because he would try to fit balls into windows that were closed. Bell, a former standout at Sandy Creek, completed 13 of his 26 attempts for 157 yards.
Curry said two of the interceptions were Bell’s fault because of poor decision-making.
Bell learned a lesson from that game: “I need to look for the small plays and let the big plays happen,” he said.
He has worked on “the small plays” during practice this week.
Curry said Bell has a “marvelous presence…ability to move in the pocket and to correct.”
But Curry said he needs to learn that “this isn’t Sandy Creek High School. He can’t outrun people out here.” When a defender is chasing him down, Bell needs to learn ball security. “You can not give up the ball.”
Curry said Bell didn’t miss one call from the sideline. He said Bell has the ability to gun the ball into small crevices for big completions. Curry noted that’s a mixed bag, because it can lead to interceptions.
“We want to see Ronnie come along and not make the unforced errors,” Curry said.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu