- Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
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From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 7 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.
There's a lot of speed on both sides of the ball at the University of Alabama, but there may not be a player on the team faster than No. 7 Kenny Bell. The wide receiver from Rayville, La., can get behind the defense in a hurry.
Last season, Bell had the highest yards per catch average (minimum 10 receptions) on the team at 15 yards a pop. He caught 17 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns in a reserve role.
With the top four pass-catchers gone from a season ago, it's Bell's turn to step up. The junior has had some nagging injuries in the fall but has not missed a single practice as he prepares for what could be a breakout season.
"All the receivers, we're just coming out there to get better," Bell said. "We're just competing with each other, pushing each other to make sure everybody comes out to work hard and show all their ability to play. All the receivers are like brothers to each other, we push each other, we get on each other and make sure everyone is working."
The group is fast, with burners like Christion Jones and DeAndrew White. Newcomer Cyrus Jones has shown good speed as well. Bell said there might be a race in the works to see who on the team is the fastest, but for now he's focused on being known for more than just one area of his game.
"(Speed) is just an aspect I have," Bell said. "I'm very blessed to have speed, but I just don't want to be known as a speed guy. I want to be known as a receiver that's known all the way around, for great leadership, being a hard worker."
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