Honors & Awards
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.
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 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)
Before Nebraska (Fairview HS)
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 Rivals.com. 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.
» Receptions – 9 vs. Minnesota (2012)
» Receiving Yards – 136 vs. Minnesota (2012)
» Touchdowns – 2 vs. Arkansas State (2012), vs. Minnesota (2012)
» Rushing Yards – 82 at Minnesota (2011)
» Kickoff Return Yards – 99 at Penn State (2013)