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Ohio State S Vonn Bell says he'll be starting the Orange Bowl v. Clemson

Freshman safety Vonn Bell says he'll be starting next Friday's Orange Bowl game against Clemson.

Rumors are circulating that Buckeye freshman Vonn Bell will start the Orange Bowl on January 3rd, potentially in place of struggling Corey "Pittsburgh" Brown. It's also possible current starter at the Star position, Tyvis Powell, could be moved to free safety, opening a starting vacancy for Bell.

The 2013 five-star safety told Paul Shahen of the WRCB NBC 3 in Chattanooga, Tennessee that he will be making his first career start next Friday when the Buckeyes take on the Clemson Tigers in the Discover Orange Bowl.

"It's still like wow. I look back to my freshman year at Central. I told them I just wanna be in the game and run in front of a crowd of 100,000 it's every kids dream and I'm just living it," Bell told WRCB's Paul Shahen. "Going to a BCS game it's every kids dream. I'm just fortunate enough to play in it, just blessed to be a part of something special like that."

"Coach Meyer and my position coach they've been on me all season to play from day one. They gotta learn to trust a young guy going in. That's the part, you gotta keep showing them each week and I have been. They're finally giving me the opportunity and I'm just blessed with it."

Ohio State head Urban Meyer told reporters last week that there would be "tweaks" on the defensive side of the football for the BCS game and he went on to say that Bell would be more involved in the defense.

"Yeah, he'll play more in this game. We have to get him, and he's doing a really good job," Meyer said. "He's earned it, he's earned it on special teams and he's a guy that we're really excited about his future."