Purdue now holds eight Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season, and one player is responsible for half of them.
Freshman wideout David Bell earned his fourth Freshman Player of the Week award for his performance against Wisconsin on Saturday. In a 45-24 loss, Bell tallied 109 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. He has now caught 10-plus passes in three games this season, and his five 100-yard games are tied for third-most in a season in school history.
This is Purdue's third consecutive game for which a player earned Freshman Player of the Week, but it isn't technically consecutive. Boilermakers earned awards in Week 10 and 11 — against Nebraska and Northwestern — but their bye week in Week 12 meant that no players were eligible for awards.
Bell has now tied sophomore wideout Rondale Moore for the fifth-most Freshman Player of the Week awards in Big Ten history. The Boilermakers will return to the field — in the hopes of earning more awards — at noon on Saturday in Ross-Ade Stadium against Indiana.