WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) - Purdue fifth-year senior Brycen Hopkins has been named the Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year and wide receiver David Bell the Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Bell's acknowledgment marks the second straight season that a Boilermaker has been recognized with the conference's top freshman honor, following Rondale Moore's selection in 2018.
Hopkins, who was additionally named first-team All-Big Ten by both the conference coaches and media members, finished his final collegiate season with 61 receptions for 830 yards and seven touchdowns. In his final two games as a Boilermaker, Hopkins had 16 receptions for 269 yards and four touchdowns. His reception and yardage totals for the season were the most by a Purdue tight end since Dustin Keller finished with 68 catches for 881 yards in 2007.
Bell, a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the media and a third-team pick by the coaches, led the conference with 86 receptions in 2019. He finished the season with 1,035 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Bell had six 100-yard receiving games (tied for second in school history) and finished the season with three straight 100-yard games (tied for second in school history). His reception total tied for eighth in school history, while his receiving yardage total ranks 12th.
Moore and Bell's back-to-back Freshman of the Year honors are Purdue's first since Brian Fox and Eric Hunter were feted in 1988 and 1989, and merely the fifth time in conference history for players from the same school to be recognized in consecutive years (also Michigan's Steve Breaston and Mike Hart in 2003 and 2004, Wisconsin's Chris Borland and James White in 2009 and 2010, and Penn State's Deion Barnes and Christian Hackenberg in 2011 and 2012).
Fifth-year senior Matt McCann was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media.
The Big Ten Tight End of the Year Award is named for Penn State's Ted Kwalick and Iowa's Dallas Clark, while the Freshman of the Year Award is in honor of Minnesota's Darrell Thompson and Indiana's Antwaan Randle El.
All-Big Ten Honorees at a Glance
David Bell – Fourteenth 1,000-yard receiving season in school history … led the Big Ten in the regular season with 86 receptions for 1,035 yards and seven touchdowns … had six games with 100 or more yards receiving (tied for second in school history) … finished the season with three straight 100-yard receiving contests … also had three carries for 12 yards and a touchdown.
Brycen Hopkins – Most receptions (61) and receiving yards (830) by a Purdue tight end since Dustin Keller in 2007 (68-881) … finished collegiate career with 130 receptions for 1,945 yards and 16 touchdowns … most career receiving yards by a Boilermaker tight end since Tim Stratton amassed 2,088 yards from 1998 to 2001 … career receiving touchdown total is tied for 10th at Purdue (also Dustin Keller, Antavian Edison and Rondale Moore) … semifinalist for the John Mackey Award.
Matt McCann – Four-year starter … appeared in 48 career games, starting 47 of them … blocked for an offense that averaged 393.2 yards of total offense per game in 2019.