Collegiately at Utica College, appearing in 30 total games, starting 26 and totaled 59 tackles (46 solo), 3.5 tackles-for-loss, 24 pass breakups and seven interceptions.
In 2019, Belle started all 10 games, logging 27 total tackles (20 solo), 2.5 tackles-for-loss, 14 pass breakups, three interceptions and two interception-return touchdowns. Elijah was named Empire 8 Conference Defensive Player of the Week and UC Male Athlete of the Week for his performance during a 34-28 win vs. St. John Fisher where he recorded a team-high three pass breakups, four tackles and had a 49-yard interception-return touchdown. Belle's pick-six in that game was his second of the season and made him the Utica career and single-season record holder in that category.
Belle not only became the school's all-time leader in interception return yards, but also set UC single-game and single-season records for pass breakups A native of Plainfield, New Jersey, Belle attended Plainfield High School, playing both football, baseball and basketball
Height: 6’1 Weight: 200
TEST Academy Pro Day Results
40 Time: 4.5 (laser); 4.5(hh) 10-YD: 1.51
Bench 225x 18reps
Broad Jump: 10’2 ½
Note: Lengthy DB; tested well, showed excellent athleticism
2019 SEASON STATS-
27 solo Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 14 PBU’s, 3INT’s, 2 Defensive TD’s, 1 FF
2019 Season Awards
Belle was recently named to the Empire 8 First-Team All-Conference defense team, this was his second conference honor of the season as he earned Player of the Week for his week 5 performance against St. John Fisher College. He will graduate as the college’s All-time single season and career leader in interception return for touchdowns (3). He ran back two for scores this season. Belle also became Utica’s All-time leader in interception return yards. Elijah was able to set a new school record for pass breakups in a single season with fourteen. He also set the new single-game record for pass breakups with five. Belle now sits Top 5 All-time in interceptions and pass breakups in Utica College football history. He ranked second in the conference with total passes defended (17). He ranked first in both average passes defended per game (1.70) and pass breakups in conference play this season.
All-Star Game Invites: CGS Showcase (Forth Worth, Texas), Dream Bowl (Salem, Virginia), FCS D1 Bowl (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina), Senior Classic (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
All-Star Game Attended: CGS Showcase (Forth Worth, Texas)
2022 IFL Rookie Season Stats
- Tackles - 38
- TFL - 2
- PBU’s - 8
- INT - 1
At Utica College he is the all time leader in pass breakups in a season, pass break ups in a game and interception return yards. He also holds the record for Interceptions return yards in a season and interceptions returned for a touchdown. He worked out for the CFL.