WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The All-America honors keep coming in for David Bell. After being named First Team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation earlier this week, the Purdue wide receiver was selected to the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-America Team Friday afternoon.
Since 1945, the FWAA All-America Team has been among the five teams used to formulate the NCAA’s annual consensus All-America team, which will be announced next week. Since the 2002 season, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), The Associated Press, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation have joined the FWAA as the five designated selectors by the NCAA.
A first team selection, Bell became the fourth wide receiver in program history to earn FWAA All-America honors. He joined Larry Burton (1974), Taylor Stubblefield (2004) and Rondale Moore (2018). Moore was named to the 2018 team as an all-purpose selection.
As the Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year, the best receiver in the Big Ten, Bell’s accolades continue to add up from a stellar junior campaign. Bell was one of the best receivers nationwide, becoming a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. The Indianapolis native leads the Big Ten in catches per game (8.5) and receiving yards per game (116.9), ranking second and fourth in the country, respectively. With 1,286 receiving yards on the year, Bell’s total sits second in program history, just 21 yards shy of the school record for a single season.
Bell announced earlier this week that he will forego his senior season and declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. He ranks in the school’s all-time Top 10 for receptions (4th), receiving yards (5th) and receiving touchdowns (T-5th). Bell has averaged an FBS-leading 101.6 receiving yards per game for his career, the only active receiver in triple digits. His 8.0 receptions per game is currently the 2nd-most for an active NCAA career. Eclipsing the 100-yard plateau in seven of his 11 games in 2021, Bell set a new Purdue record with 17 career 100-yard receiving games.
Bell torched No. 2 Iowa (Oct. 16) with 11 catches for 240 yards, the 2nd-most receiving yards ever by a Boilermaker in a single game. He added another 200-yard day against No. 3 Michigan State (Nov. 6), hauling in 11 receptions for 217 yards and a touchdown to lead Purdue to another Top-5 win. With the pair of performances, Bell joined Brian Alford as the only Boilermakers with multiple 200-yard receiving games in a season.
Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) before following it up with a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11). His three touchdowns versus the Huskies matched a career high, and he became only the second Purdue wide receiver to record multiple games with three receiving touchdowns.
The FWAA All-America Team was first selected in 1944, three years after the organization was formed. The FWAA’s All-America Committee selected the 78th annual team based on nominations from the entire membership. This is the ninth season in the modern era (post-1950) that the FWAA has named a second team.
Bell’s Honors (As of Dec. 10, 2021)
Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year
Biletnikoff Award Finalist
First Team All-America (Walter Camp Football Foundation, FWAA, CBS Sports, ESPN)
Second Team All-America (The Athletic)
All-America Honorable Mention (PFF)
First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches, Media, AP)
Second Team All-Big Ten (PFF)