Sophomore wide receiver David Bell has been named to the All Big Ten First Team by the folks at the Associated Press. He is the lone Purdue representative among those chosen for the team. That’s not much of a surprise given how the season played out for Purdue with other likely choices such as Rondale Moore and George Karlaftis not playing the entire season.
This honor for Bell joins a list of accolades that he grabbed after his freshman year. Following the 2019 season Bell earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year, AP First Team Freshman All-American, Honorable Mention All Big Ten, and four freshman of the week awards.
David Bell followed up a fantastic freshman year by being a pass catching machine. The young man from just down the road in Indianapolis grabbed 53 receptions for 625 yards and eight touchdowns. That compares quite favorably to his 2019 season when he played in all 12 games for the Boilermakers and grabbed 85 balls for 1,035 yards and seven touchdowns.
Bell displayed great growth this season. After Moore went down last year he established himself as the go to receiver on the team. This year however he took, as Purdue likes to say, a giant leap. Bell seemed to have stickum on his gloves at times as he caught every ball thrown even close to him. In a dark year for Purdue football that saw games cancelled due to Covid, star players having to sit out, and more losses than wins David Bell was a standout on the field. I expect Bell to continue to grow into one of the all-time great receivers at Purdue.
For those that might not have seen the recent segment on the Journey about David Bell check it out below.