#80 Kenny Bell
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Year: Junior
City/State: Boulder, Colo.
High School: Fairview
Experience: High School
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Honors & Awards
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, 2013)

» Biletnikoff Award Watch List (2013)
» First-Team All-Big Ten (BTN, CBS, ESPN, Phil Steele, 2012)
» Second-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, 2012)
» Nebraska Sophomore Receptions Record Holder (50 in 2012)
» Nebraska Sophomore Receiving Yards Record Holder (863 in 2012)
» Nebraska Sophomore Receiving Touchdowns Record Holder (8 in 2012)
» Nebraska Sophomore 100-Yard Receiving Games Record Holder (3 in 2012)
» Honorable-Mention Freshman All-American (, 2011)
» Big Ten All-Freshman Team (,, 2011)
» Longest Touchdown Run by a Freshman in School History (80 yards at Minn., 2011)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2014)

2014 Outlook
Kenny Bell enters his senior season in a position to cement his legacy in Nebraska football history. A go-to-receiver and fan favorite since his freshman season, Bell is poised to become Nebraska’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.

The 6-1, 185-pound Bell has earned all-conference accolades each of the past two seasons. He was an honorable-mention choice in 2013, after earning second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2012. This fall, Bell will be a leading contender for first-team all-conference honors.

Bell led Nebraska in receptions in 2013 with 52 catches, marking the third straight season he has led the Huskers in receptions. This fall, he will have the opportunity to become the first player to lead Nebraska in receptions for four straight seasons. Bell has already joined 1972 Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers as the only players to record two 50-catch seasons.

Bell heads into 2014 with 134 career receptions to rank fifth on the NU career chart, leaving him 32 catches behind the NU record of 166 receptions by Nate Swift. Bell ranks third in school history with 1,901 career receiving yards, leaving him 578 yards from Rodgers’ school record in that category. Bell also has 15 career touchdown receptions, including four in 2012. He has shown a knack for the big play throughout his career, with each of his last 13 touchdown catches covering at least 20 yards.

In addition to being the Huskers’ top receiving target, Bell is also a threat in the return game. Last year he led the Big Ten in kickoff return average at 26.5 yards per return, a mark that ranked 18th nationally. Bell had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Penn State.

Bell is on track to earn his degree in ethnic studies in December.

2013 (Junior)
Bell started 12 games and finished with a team-high 51 receptions for 577 yards and four touchdowns. He caught five or more passes five times, including each of the final three regular-season games. Bell’s 52 catches ranked seventh on the NU single-season reception list, giving him two of nine 50-catch seasons in Husker history.

Bell had seven catches for 57 yards and had two kickoff returns for 72 yards against Wyoming. He had three catches and caught his first touchdown of the season against Southern Miss, hauling in a 21-yard reception in the second quarter. Bell also had a then-career-long 63-yard kickoff return.

He caught six passes for 68 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception against UCLA. Bell caught two passes against South Dakota State to reach 100 career receptions. In the Big Ten opener, Bell had four catches for 65 yards, including a highlight reel 37-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

After two receptions at Purdue, Bell made three catches for 45 yards at Minnesota, including a season-long 42-yard catch on the game’s opening drive. Bell caught two passes for 12 yards in the first quarter against Northwestern, but was forced to the sideline with an injury. Despite playing at less than full speed, Bell had three catches for 44 yards at Michigan, including a clutch 26-yard reception on fourth down to keep the game-winning drive alive.

Bell had seven catches for a season-high 81 yards against Michigan State, including a 38-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. At Penn State, Bell had five catches for 33 yards, but made his biggest impact in the return game. Bell had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter to give NU a 14-13 lead. The return tied for the fifth-longest in school history.

Bell tied his season high with seven receptions for 67 yards against Iowa. He closed the season with one catch for 11 yards in the Gator Bowl win over Georgia.

2012 (Sophomore)
Bell started all 14 games and led the team in every receiving category. He caught 50 passes for 863 yards and eight touchdowns. His 50 catches ranked in the top 10 on the NU single-season chart, while his 863 yards were a sophomore record and ranked fourth on the NU season yardage list. His eight touchdown catches were the fifth-most in school history.

He averaged 17.3 yards per catch to rank among the nation’s best, and his per-catch average was the 10th-best in NU history among players with at least 30 receptions. Bell had 16 catches of at least 20 yards, and all eight of his touchdown catches were from 25 yards or more.

Bell’s play as a sophomore earned him second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the league coaches and media. He was also tabbed a first-team selection by several media outlets.

The Colorado native topped the 100-yard mark in receiving three times, eclipsing the century mark against Minnesota, UCLA and Ohio State. Bell had at least three catches in eight games, and had a catch in every game but the Iowa contest. Prior to going without a catch at Iowa, Bell caught a pass in 23 straight games, the second-longest streak in NU history. Bell also contributed in the return game in 2012, averaging 23.2 yards on 14 kickoff returns.

Bell’s only reception in the opener against Southern Miss was a 26-yard touchdown grab. At UCLA, he set then career highs with six catches for 108 yards, all in the first half. The game marked the first 100-yard receiving effort for an NU player since 2010. Bell also had two kickoff returns for 70 yards, including a season-long 47-yard return.

Bell made the most of his three catches against Arkansas State with a 42-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and a 25-yard TD reception in the second quarter. A week later against Idaho State, Bell caught his fourth touchdown of the season on a then-career-long 68-yard reception in the first quarter.

After grabbing four balls in a win over Wisconsin, Bell set a personal-best with 133 receiving yards on five catches at Ohio State. He grabbed a career-long 74-yard reception in the second quarter to set up a Taylor Martinez touchdown run.

Against Northwestern, Bell had six receptions for 77 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. In the contest, he became the 20th player in school history to reach 1,000 receiving yards and the second-fastest to reach that mark. Bell had two receptions for 51 yards in a win over Michigan, including a 32-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.

Bell combined for seven catches in wins over Michigan State and Penn State, then had a career day in a 38-14 victory over Minnesota. Bell snared a career-high nine receptions for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns, a 36-yarder in the first quarter and a 30-yard TD catch in the third quarter. Bell’s nine receptions tied for the eighth-most in a game in NU history, and the 136 yards fell just outside of the top 10 on the single-game yardage list.

After going without a catch at Iowa, Bell caught two passes for 14 yards against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. He closed his sophomore season with four receptions for 60 yards in the Capital One Bowl against Georgia.

2011 (Redshirt Freshman)
Bell played in every game and started the final 11 games of 2011. A strong second half of the season allowed him to become just the second freshman ever to lead Nebraska in receptions and receiving yards (Nate Swift, 2005). Bell finsihed the year with 32 receptions, 461 receiving yards and three touchdown catches. His reception and yardage totals were the second-highest ever for a Nebraska freshman.

Bell averaged 14.4 yards per catch as a redshirt freshman and had eight catches of at least 20 yards. Bell made 27 of his 32 catches in Big Ten play and had at least four catches in four of the final seven games. He had six games with at least three catches as a freshman, including five each against Iowa and Northwestern. In addition to his three receiving touchdowns, Bell also scored on an 82-yard touchdown run at Minnesota, the longest ever run by a Husker freshman.

 2010 (Redshirt Freshman)
Bell redshirted in his first season and earned Scout Team MVP honors.

Before Nebraska (Fairview HS)
Bell helped Fairview High to a 12-1 record and a state semifinal appearance in 2009. He caught 18 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns, and added an interception and kickoff return for a touchdown. Bell missed much of the season with an injury, but scored five touchdowns in his first five games back in action. Despite his limited action, Bell’s impact was recognized, as he was a first-team All-Colorado selection and first-team Class 5A all-state pick by the Denver Post.

As a junior, Bell earned first-team All-Front Range League honors, playing wingback and rushing for 958 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was ranked among the top 10 players in Colorado according to Bell chose Nebraska after also visiting Minnesota and Texas Tech. He also had offers from several other schools, including Colorado, California, Arizona and Arizona State. In basketball, Bell helped his team to the state title game as a senior, and he also competed in track.

Kenny was born on Feb. 25, 1992, and is the son of Tami Campbell and his stepfather is Dan Campbell. Kenny’s father, Ken Bell, played for the Denver Broncos from 1986 to 1989, totaling more than 2,000 career yards in kickoff returns. Bell is majoring in ethnic studies, and was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring 2014 semester and the 2010 Big 12 Fall Academic Honor Roll. Bell has volunteered time with Husker Heroes, Meadow Lane Elementary, Norwood Park Elementary, the Uplifting Athletes Road Race and a UNL Sportsmanship Pep Rally.

Bell's Career Statistics









2010     Redshirt       


2011 13/11 32 461 14.4 35.5 50 vs. Washington 3
2012 14/14
17.3 61.6
74 at Ohio State







42 at Minnesota








74 at Ohio State


Rushing: Career: 6 carries, 109 yards, 1 TD, 18.2 average, long of 82 at Minnesota (2011)
2013: 1 carry, 1 yard, 0 TD, 1.0 average, long of 1 vs. SDSU
2012: 2 carries, 8 yards, 0 TD, 4.0 average, long of 7 vs. Southern Miss
2011: 3 carries, 100 yards, 1 TD, 33.3 average, long of 82 yards at Minnesota (TD)*
*longest touchdown run by a freshman in school history

Kickoff Returns: Career: 43 ret., 1086 yds, 1 TD, 25.3 average, long of 99 at Penn State
2013: 23 returns, 609 yards, 1 TD, 26.5 average, long of 99 yards at Penn State
2012: 14 returns, 325 yards, 0 TDs, 23.2 average, long of 47 at UCLA
2011: 6 returns, 152 yards, 0 TDs, 25.3 average, long of 33 at Michigan

Punt Returns: 1 career punt return for 0 yards at Northwestern (10/20/12)

Single-Game Highs
» Receptions –
9 vs. Minnesota (2012)
» Receiving Yards – 136 vs. Minnesota (2012)
» Touchdowns – 2 vs. Arkansas State (2012), vs. Minnesota (2012)
» Rushing Yards82 at Minnesota (2011)
» Kickoff Return Yards – 99 at Penn State (2013)
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