Markquese Bell

Dallas Cowboys agree to terms with FAMU’s Markquese Bell

Former Florida A&M safety Markquese Bell has agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.

The Dallas Cowboys wasted little time in adding Florida A&M football star Markquese Bell following the NFL Draft. The Cowboys and the FAMU safety have agreed to terms with the franchise after he went undrafted.

In 2019, Bell transferred to FAMU and excelled within the stingy Rattler defense.  He was an immediate impact player.  FAMU head coach Willie Simmons said that Bell had one speed…game speed.  Simmons would end up holding Bell out of some full contact scrimmages to protect his offensive players from Bell’s hits.

Bell earned first team All-MEAC with 61 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, five interceptions, nine pass-break-ups and two forced fumbles.  His presence solidified the Rattler defense that would lead the sometimes stagnant offense to a 9-2 overall record.


After FAMU took the 2020 season off during the pandemic, Bell was eager to get back on the field and pre-season honors built as he was declared a bonafide NFL prospect by virtually every reputable medium.  In 2021, Bell led the Rattlers to another 9-2 regular season and a bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs for the first time in over two decades for FAMU.  Bell would record a team-leading 95 tackles, virtually ending every play near the ball.  He would also collect two sacks, 6.5 tackles-for-loss and five forced fumbles.

During the season, Bell was the centerpoint of an ESPN weekly special.  NBA great Chris Paul executive produced a series called “Why Not Us?,” which had virtually unrestricted access to the Rattlers.  Bell was the focus of much of the series as it explored the ups and downs of being an NFL prospect at an HBCU.

Bell’s season was littered with accolades.  He was First Team All-SWAC and that led to a bevy of other rewards.  Ultimately as the season went on, scouts would often stop by FAMU’s practice including 12 scouts visiting in a single day.

Markquese Bell was invited to the NFL Combine where he did not disappoint.  His recorded 4.41 time in the 40-yard dash drew favorable responses.  He was always known as a hard-nosed hitting safety, but the speed indicated that with training he could be an elite coverage safety as well. Look for his name to be called during the 2022 NFL Draft.



•All-MEAC First Team

• MEAC Defensive Player of the Week


• All-SWAC First Team

•HBCU Legacy Bowl

•Reese’s Senior Bowl Starter

•SWAC Defensive Player of the Week 

•Invited to NFL Scouting Combine (4.41/40-yard dash, 36.5 vertical/123” broad jump

•Hero Sports All-American

•FCS Stats Perform All-American

•Box-to-Row All-American


Dallas Cowboys agree to terms with FAMU’s Markquese Bell
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