Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013 AT 7:00 AM / Updated at 9:43 PM
Husker Camp Countdown: No. 3 Kenny Bell
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2013 football season.

Kenny Bell | 6-foot-1 | 185 pounds | Jr. | Wide receiver

Click here to see previous entries in the Husker Camp Countdown series.

He emerged in 2011 as a dangerous deep threat whose speed could burn any Big Ten defensive back. He backed it up in 2012 with one of the best receiving seasons in Husker history — 50 catches, 863 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite defenses marking his fly-route speed with double coverage, he made even more big plays because he’d developed a knack for running the middle post and absorbing big blows to make catches.

Then, in an otherwise difficult Big Ten title game, he delivered a jarring block to a Wisconsin defensive back that was flagged for a personal foul penalty. Though Bell’s hit wiped out a touchdown, it spoke to the kind of player he’d be going forward — more physical and foreboding than his frame would suggest. He may not duplicate that kind of block — it’d probably get him, fairly or not, ejected in 2013 — but NU coaches surely won’t mind if he duplicates the attitude.

A skilled runner who can make defenders miss after a catch, Bell should take the next step toward his quest of being Nebraska’s first 1,000-yard receiver. If he doesn’t reach the benchmark, he’ll get close.

Previous entries (and honorable mentions):

>> No. 50: Vincent Valentine
>> No. 49: Cethan Carter
>> No. 48: Gabe Miller
>> No. 47: Chongo Kondolo
>> No. 46: Taariq Allen
>> No. 45: Paul Thurston
>> No. 44: Mauro Bondi
>> No. 43: Sam Cotton
>> No. 42: Michael Rose
>> No. 41: Jordan Westerkamp
>> No. 40: Tommy Armstrong
>> No. 39: Trevor Roach
>> No. 38: Andy Janovich
>> No. 37: Mo Seisay
>> No. 36: Alonzo Moore
>> No. 35: Harvey Jackson
>> No. 34: Charles Jackson
>> No. 33: Avery Moss
>> No. 32: Terrell Newby
>> No. 31: Matt Finnin
>> No. 30: Aaron Curry
>> No. 29: Jared Afalava
>> No. 28: Vacated
>> No. 27: Adam Taylor
>> No. 26: Stanley Jean-Baptiste
>> No. 25: Andrew Rodriguez
>> No. 24: Andrew Green
>> No. 23: Randy Gregory
>> No. 22: Kevin Williams
>> No. 21: Greg McMullen
>> No. 20: Imani Cross
>> No. 19: Brent Qvale
>> No. 18: C.J. Zimmerer
>> No. 17: Jake Cotton
>> No. 16: Thad Randle
>> No. 15: Jake Long
>> No. 14: Jeremiah Sirles
>> No. 13: Josh Mitchell
>> No. 12: Corey Cooper
>> No. 11: David Santos
>> No. 10: Zaire Anderson
>> No. 9: Cole Pensick
>> No. 8: Jason Ankrah
>> No. 7: Jamal Turner
>> No. 6: Quincy Enunwa
>> No. 5: Spencer Long
>> No. 4: Ciante Evans

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