Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm brought in a lot of freshmen players who could make an instant impact on the field. Two of those guys, wide receiver David Bell and defensive end George Karlaftis, made the most of that opportunity.
With the 2019 season in the books, those Boilermakers are receiving some serious recognition. On Monday, the Football Writers Association of America announced its Freshman All-America Team. Bell and Karlaftis were the only two freshmen from the B1G to receive the honor.
Bell was an integral part of Brohm’s offense in 2019, especially when All-American wide receiver Rondale Moore’s season ended early due to injury. This season, the freshman hauled in 86 receptions for 1,035 yards and seven touchdowns. Six times this year, Bell totaled more than 100 yards receiving.
Karlaftis was a force defensively for the Boilermakers all year long. He finished his freshman season with 17 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception. The defensive end racked up a total of 54 tackles.
Due to injuries throughout the season, Purdue finished the year just 4-8, missing a bowl game for the first time of the Brohm era. But if this season was any indication, there’s a ton of talent in West Lafayette ready to get the program back to the postseason.