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Ronnie Yell

Ronnie Yell
No. 25     BC Lions
Yell after the 2012 Military Bowl.
Date of birth: (1991-04-15) April 15, 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Career information
CFL status: International
Position(s): Defensive back
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College: San Jose State
High school: Lincoln (San Diego, California)
As player:
Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
BC Lions (CFL)
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Tackles 14
Interceptions 1
Playing stats at

Ronald Irving "Ronnie" Yell (born April 15, 1991)[1][2] is an American defensive back of Canadian football for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. Yell played college football at San Jose State and began his professional football career in 2013 with the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. He then joined the BC Lions late in the 2013 season.

Early life

Yell was born in Los Angeles, California. His grandfather Bobo Henderson was a Negro League baseball player.[2][3] Yell graduated from Lincoln High School in San Diego in 2009.[2] At Lincoln, Yell was a quarterback on the football team; he played on the basketball and track and field teams as well.[2][4] Yell also was the activities commissioner for two years on the Lincoln High student body.[2]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Ronnie Yell
San Diego, CA Lincoln HS Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". Feb 4, 2009 
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Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 284 (CB); 92 (school)   Rivals: 88 (school)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career

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Yell before a game in 2012 at San Jose State Spartan Stadium.

Yell attended San Jose State University and played for the Spartans football team as a defensive back, in 2009 under coach Dick Tomey and from 2010 to 2012 under Mike MacIntyre. As a freshman, Yell played 10 games and started at cornerback in the last six games of 2009 and had 19 tackles and a pass deflected.[5] Yell also became the punt return specialist late in 2009.[2] San Jose State finished the 2009 season 2-10.

In 2010, his sophomore year, Yell played all 13 games and started 10. He had 44 tackles (3 for loss), 11 passes deflected, and one interception. He returned one punt for six yards and 32 kickoffs for 645 yards (an average 20.2 yards per return).[5] In Mike MacIntyre's first year as head coach, San Jose State went 1-12 this season.

For his junior year in 2011, Yell played the final 10 games of the year and started 6.[2] Yell had 37 tackles (1.5 for loss), an interception, 5 tackles, a pass deflected, and 3 punt returns for 42 yards (14 yards per carry). In San Jose State's 38-31 win over Colorado State on October 1, Yell intercepted a Colorado State pass in Colorado State's final possession to seal San Jose State's first road win in 13 games.[6] San Jose State improved to 5-7 in 2011.

As a senior in 2012, Yell played all 13 games and had 41 tackles, 9 passes deflected, and 15 punt returns for 42 yards (2.8 yards average).[5] San Jose State finished the season 11-2, including a victory over Bowling Green in the 2012 Military Bowl in Washington, D. C. Yell broke up 3 passes in that game.[7] Yell graduated from San Jose State in 2013 with a B.A. in sociology.[8]

Professional career

Arizona Cardinals (2013)

<td colspan="20" align="center">All values from Pro Day at San Jose State.[9]</td>
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 9 in 189 lb 4.65 s 1.63 s 2.70 s 4.51 s 7.37 s 3312 in 10 ft 1 in 14 reps

Following the 2013 NFL Draft, Yell signed with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on April 29, 2013.[10] Yell played in two preseason games and had one tackle.[11] The Cardinals cut Yell on August 25.[12]

BC Lions (2013)

On October 7, 2013, during the team's practice roster expansion period, the CFL team BC Lions signed Yell, who would remain on the practice roster through the end of the season.[13]

In his preseason debut with the Lions on June 14 against the Edmonton Eskimos, Yell forced a fumble recovered by teammate Alex Hoffman-Ellis, and this play set up BC's winning field goal in a 14-11 win.[14] Yell also had two tackles and an interception.[15]

On August 1, Yell made his first regular season CFL interception in BC's 25-24 win over the previously undefeated Calgary Stampeders and returned it 34 yards for BC's first score of the game.[16][17] With 51 seconds left and BC leading, Yell forced a Calgary fumble, and BC ran out the clock to 4 seconds remaining. BC won after Calgary's final play was an incomplete pass.[18]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Ronnie Yell". San Jose State Spartans. Archived from the original on September 26, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Neale 'Bobo' Henderson". NLBPA. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ Brand, Steve (September 8, 2007). "Hornets still sting". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Ronnie Yell Stats | College Football at". Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ Howell, Brian (October 2, 2011). "San Jose State snaps 13-game road losing streak". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "San Jose State Spartans Official Athletic Site". Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Spartans Celebrate 2013 Commencement". San Jose State Athletics. May 25, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ronnie Yell". NFL Draft Scout. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Arizona Cardinals add 16 rookie free agents to roster". AZCentral. April 29, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ronnie Yell: Game Logs at". Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ Somers, Dan (August 25, 2013). "Arizona Cardinals cut newly signed kicker Dan Carpenter, 9 others". Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ronnie Yell". BC Lions. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ Ullrich, Lowell (June 15, 2014). "BC Lions 14 Eskimos 11: Lots of questions still to be answered by Leos hopefuls". The Province. Vancouver, B.C.: Postmedia Network Inc. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ "B.C. Lions". Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Stampeders lose their first game of the season 25-24 to the B.C. Lions". Vancouver Sun. August 2, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Ronnie Yell Pick Six". CFL. August 1, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ 7:20 mark of video, "Recap: BC 25, Calgary 24". CFL. August 2, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 

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