WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — In conjunction with Big Ten Football Media Days in Lucas Oil Stadium, the Big Ten Conference announced its 2021 football preseason honors on Thursday. Purdue wide receiver David Bell was among 10 players to earn recognition.
Bell enters his third season with the Boilermakers in 2021. The in-state recruit garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2019 after posting a conference-leading 86 receptions for 1,035 yards and seven touchdowns.
His outstanding freshman campaign also earned him recognition as a first-team Associated Press Freshman All-American and an Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection.
During a shortened 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bell recorded team-highs with 53 receptions, 625 yards and eight touchdowns in six games. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore.
Here's the full list of Big Ten football preseason honorees:
Big Ten East
- Michael Penix Jr., QB, Indiana
- Thayer Munford, LT, Ohio State
- Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
- Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State
- Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Big Ten West
- Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
- Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota
- Brandon Joseph, S, Northwestern
- David Bell, WR, Purdue
- Jack Sanborn, LB, Wisconsin
- DAVID BELL NAMED TO BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Purdue wide receiver David Bell was among eight Big Ten players named to the 2021 Biletnikoff Award watch list. CLICK HERE
- DAVID BELL NAMED TO MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Purdue wide receiver David Bell was among 11 Big Ten players named to the 2021 Maxwell Award watch list. He recorded 53 receptions, 625 yards and eight touchdowns last season for the Boilermakers. CLICK HERE
- GEORGE KARLAFTIS NAMED TO BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis was among 11 Big Ten players named to the 2021 Chuck Bednarik Award watch list. He led the Boilermakers with two sacks and had four total tackles despite limited action on the field last season. CLICK HERE
- JOE STRICKLAND COMMITS TO PURDUE: Joe Strickland, a four-star prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, committed to Purdue football Thursday afternoon. He is just the second four-star recruit for the program in the cycle, joining Gibson Southern quarterback Brady Allen. CLICK HERE
- BIG TEN STILL DETERMINING COVID PROTOCOLS: Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren has no regrets about decisions he made before the 2020 football season. But with the upcoming season on the horizon, he addressed how the conference is handling potential issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE
- BIG TEN COACHES EXCITED FOR NIL: Name, image and likeness was a constant topic at the 2021 Big Ten Football Media Days at Lucas Oil Stadium. Many of the conference's coaches expressed their eagerness to support their student-athletes as they pursue various opportunities. CLICK HERE
- BIG TEN ANNOUNCES GEORGE AND VIOLA FELLOWSHIP: George Taliaferro was a pioneer for diversity and inclusion as a player at Indiana University. he was the first Black player to be drafted to the NFL, and the Big Ten honored his family's legacy with the creation of the George and Viola Taliaferro Fellowship. CLICK HERE