Auburn reportedly lands Florida State grad transfer OL Wilson Bell

<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/ncaaf/players/227692/" data-ylk="slk:Wilson Bell">Wilson Bell</a> started 19 games at Florida State. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
Wilson Bell started 19 games at Florida State. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

Auburn reportedly received a big boost to its offensive line on Friday.

According to multiple reports, Wilson Bell, a graduate transfer from Florida State, will play his final season of college football from the Tigers.

Bell, who plans to graduate from FSU at the end of the current semester, has plenty of experience and will provide an immediate veteran presence on the Auburn offensive line. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Bell started every game at right guard for the Seminoles as a sophomore in 2015 and started five games in 2016. However, he opted to transfer when he slipped to second string on the depth chart heading into the 2017 season.

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A Mobile, Alabama, native, Bell looks like a prime candidate to slide into one of Auburn’s spots at guard. Both Tigers starting guards from 2016 graduated, and offensive line coach Herb Hand noted a few weeks ago that the left guard position, vacated by All-SEC performer Alex Kovan, had not yet worked itself out.

“That left guard spot right now is probably where we have the biggest piece of the puzzle we still have to figure out and sort out,” Hand said March 28 per “We’ve got a few guys that have been repping there.”

Those guys, including Marquel Harrell, Kaleb Kim and Mike Horton (who has been working at right guard), can make a move during Saturday’s spring game, but when Bell makes it onto campus the competition will only increase.

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