Jeff Brohm plays coy when asked about potential returns for Bell, Karlaftis
Purdue battles Indiana on Saturday for the Old Oaken Bucket. The Hoosiers (2-9, 0-8 Big Ten) have hugely disappointed this season and Purdue is out of the Big Ten West title race, so while the game might not carry much intrigue outside the state of Indiana, it’ll be Senior Day for the Boilermakers and 2 of the home team’s very best playmakers will have decisions to make.
David Bell and George Karlaftis, both juniors, have NFL futures. Saturday could be their last game at Ross-Ade Stadium. Asked about that possibility on Monday, head coach Jeff Brohm was pretty coy.
Q: Do you think this may be the last time fans at Ross-Ade Stadium see David Bell and George Karlaftis?
A: Well, I'll let them speak for themselves
— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) November 22, 2021
Brohm would certainly take Bell and Karlaftis back in a heartbeat, but they’ll have to decide between a 4th season at Purdue and potential NFL Draft money.
Despite a pair of likely 1st Round draft selections playing ball for the Buckeyes in Ohio, Bell leads all Big Ten players in receptions (87) and yards (1,207) this season. He also has found the end zone 5 times. In 3 years with the program, Bell has hauled in 2,867 yards and 20 touchdowns on 226 catches.
Bell needs only 101 yards to pass John Standeford (2002) for the most receiving yards in a season by a Boilermaker. He currently sits in the program’s all-time top 5 for career receiving yards.
Karlaftis’ 10.5 tackles for loss this season ranks 9th in the Big Ten. On the year, he has 38 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 pass breakups, and a blocked kick.
Bell rates as Todd McShay’s 10th-best wideout prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft. Karlaftis, according to McShay, is the No. 17 player overall on his board.
The Boilermakers and Hoosiers take the field Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1.