DE Nick Bell in intensive care

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State defensive end Nick Bell is in intensive care after emergency surgery in Birmingham, Ala., after it was found Sunday that his cancer has spread.

In a statement, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen says he visited Bell at the University of Alabama-Birmingham hospital on Monday afternoon. Bell, who is from Bessemer, Ala., had surgery on Monday morning. He began experiencing headaches in late September and had surgery on Oct. 1 to remove a mass on his brain. The mass was later diagnosed as a form of skin cancer.

Mullen says about 50 Mississippi State players planned to visit Bell in the hospital on Monday evening.

Bell, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound sophomore, has played in four games this season, including two starts, making seven tackles.