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Renard Bell to miss 2021 season with ACL tear

Bell says he’ll be back in 2022....his SEVENTH season in Pullman.

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Sooooooooooo, who’s up for some football player news? I know I am, but unfortunately, it’s not good news. Renard Bell, WSU’s sixth-year super senior and a player who was going to be a major part of the WSU offense, announced yesterday on Twitter that he’ll miss the 2021 season due to an ACL tear:

Bell, who first came to Pullman in 2016 and spent a redshirt year, has 147 career receptions, 1,656 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in his four season thus far. He had 33 receptions in just four games last year and two TDs. As Bell stated, he’s planning on coming back in 2022, which will be his seventh year in Pullman. He’ll be teammates next season with guys who were 11 years old when he first came to WSU. There might even be a grad assistant younger than Bell.

The loss of a veteran receiver is a big blow to the WSU offense. Behind Bell is Joey Hobert and walk-on Lincoln Victor. We’ll see how it shakes out for a team that still has questions at quarterback.

All the best to Bell. This has to be agonizing for him, and let’s hope he’s able to come back as a graybeard in 2022.

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