The thing is, they were just that — reports. Until Saturday, few had actually seen Bell perform in the spring, but rather were relying on second-hand information from other players and team sources who were raving about his overall performance.
That changed Saturday. Before a record crowd of 71,000 in sun-soaked Beaver Stadium, Bell caught 4 passes for 116 yards and a pair of scores. The capper was a 74-yard catch and run that brought what was left of the crowd to its feet late in the fourth quarter.
This was the same Chris Bell who made five catches for 66 yards in 12 games last season.
So what changed this spring? Well, no one ever questioned Bell's ability. But his focus always seemed to be an issue.
In this one-on-one interview with FOS, Bell discusses his difficult freshman campaign, whether he ever considered transferring, who helped him improve in the off-season and much more.