Trumane Bell II #49. Photo by Jeff Huehn, UTSA Athletics.

If you’re surprised to wake up and find UT San Antonio ranked 23rd in NCAA football, you’re not alone. Here’s something else you may not know: Lake Highlands High School grad Trumane Bell II is a team leader for the undefeated Roadrunners and one of the keys to their success this season.

Bell, a redshirt junior, was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 20 after posting four tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and a pair of quarterback hurries to help UTSA hold Middle Tennessee to 199 yards, including just eight on the ground. In the Roadrunners’ win over Louisiana Tech Saturday, he combined with Clarence Hicks for a third-down sack to help his team win 45-16.

Bell played in all 12 games and emerged as a pass-rushing threat as a sophomore, but that’s not his only claim to fame on campus. He earned a spot on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll, reserved for student athletes who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Bell is the son of Margarita Jones and the elder Trumane Bell. His dad played football at the University of Nebraska, including appearances at the Orange Bowl his junior and senior years.

UTSA has a bye next week, but you can catch Bell live when he plays UNT in Denton at 1 p.m. Nov. 27. Go Roadrunners!