Kenny Bell’s Final Season Could Make Him All-Time Best at NU
If he never caught another pass, Kenny Bell would already be in rare territory as a receiver for Nebraska. He's already fifth all-time in receptions, third all-time in receiving yards, and tied for fourth all-time in touchdown receptions. He's also eighth all-time in kick return yards with the fourth most yards by a Husker receiver.
Bell might have slipped under the radar a bit in 2013 due to both a combination of injuries and a monster senior campaign by Quincy Enunwa. Even so, Bell still led the team in receptions and kickoff return yards. In fact, his returns amounted to the sixth most in a season in team history. He was honorable mention all-conference for the season.
But last year was a bit of a step back from his sophomore campaign, where he tallied the fourth most receiving yards in a season and scored eight times. He was named a second-team all conference receiver for 2012. Prior to that he led the team in receptions, yards, and touchdown catches as a freshman.
So Bell seems to pretty clearly be the team's top target for 2014 and a threat to claim the top spot in receptions (he needs 32 catches), receiving yards (he needs 578 yards), and receiving touchdowns (he needs 10). He could realistically finish third all-time in kick returns ahead of Tyrone Hughes or perhaps even edge out Niles Paul for second place, which would make him the top kick returner that also played receiver (Josh Davis was a running back).
In any case, Bell's already put his name up there with the all-time greats at Nebraska.