Coach Derek Mason confirmed on Saturday that Vanderbilt cornerback Tre Bell is taking his talents to the University of Connecticut.
The news shouldn’t come as a surprise. Vanderbilt’s defense improved dramatically this season, but Bell had no part in it. The redshirt sophomore fell to third string on the depth chart in 2015 after starting four games in 2014. He finished his last season with 14 tackles.
Most of Bell’s playing time came on special teams, since cornerbacks Tre Herndon and Torren McGaster held down the starting spots at the position. As a result, Bell’s move made sense to Mason.
“I spoke with (UConn) coach (Bob) Diaco earlier this week,” Mason said according to the Tennessean’s Adam Sparks. “(Bell) needed to have an opportunity to compete and play at an institution that fit his skill set.”
Although Vanderbilt’s relentless defense wasn’t a good fit for Bell, there’s a good chance that Connecticut’s will be. The Huskies have plenty of room for improvement on the defensive side of the ball.