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Quotes: WR Kenny Bell on 2015 Draft

Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell talks to the media after being selected by the Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft.


(On what pre-draft interaction he had with Tampa Bay)
"I had talked to the coaching staff at the combine. I loved everything about the Bucs staff. I've actually got a hometown friend, (tight ends) coach Jon Embree, who's a close family friend of mine. There wasn't much of an inkling, but I can't really explain how excited I am to be a Buccaneer. It's a dream come true, to say the least."

(On if the thinks he will be able to contribute on special teams)
"Yeah, absolutely. I played a ton of special teams. I led the Big 10 in kickoff return my junior year at Nebraska. I love (special) teams, I led my team in (special teams) tackles at the gunner position on punts, so I think that's something that's definitely going to be expected of me and something that I'm really looking forward to. I love playing (special) teams. I love just getting out there and just getting the opportunity to play football. So I'm very excited."

(On being able to play professional football, just like his father)
"My dad was out of the league by 1990, so it was before I was born, but I am familiar – he's always around the Broncos facility, he's got good friends that are Broncos, so I am familiar with guys that have been a part of the NFL, a part of that brotherhood. My earliest memories were of me when I started playing football, when I was six. It means everything to me to be able to follow in my dad's footsteps. Obviously, I'm very excited to be a Buccaneer. To get to follow his footsteps into the NFL is something I have dreamed about since I was very, very young."


(On being part of the Tampa Bay 2015 draft class alongside quarterback Jameis Winston)**
"I actually got an opportunity to meet Jameis while I was at (the NFL Scouting) Combine. Love the dude. I couldn't be more happy for him that he got chosen No. 1, that is fantastic. God bless him and his family. I'm very excited to get down there and go to work with him. He's one heck of a player and I think he's going to be one heck of a franchise quarterback. I'm just very excited to get the opportunity to play with him."

(On reuniting with former Nebraska teammate and current Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David)
"I haven't talked to Lavonte yet. My phone is kind of going nuts, so I'm sure he's in there somewhere. I love 'Te. I saw him not too long ago, but it's been a while since I've gotten to talk to him. I'm really excited. He's one of the best linebackers in the league, so to watch him really grow into the player that he's grown (into) down there in Tampa Bay – I sound like a broken record, but I can't really explain to you how excited I am to get down there and see that guy."

(On Tampa Bay General Manager Jason Licht having played at Nebraska)
"It was really funny – I had received a few phone calls just asking me today, how the day was going and who was talking to me. But he called and he said 'Hey, I don't know if you knew I was a Husker, so I just wanted to talk to you about Husker football a little bit.' I'm always excited to talk to a fellow Husker, that's awesome. He was just pulling my chain a little bit – lightened the mood, made me laugh, so that was awesome. I'm really excited to get down there and meet him."

(On getting to work with Tampa Bay wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans)
"Vincent Jackson in someone I've always looked up to as a wide receiver. He's a tremendous talent, a tremendously hard worker and he's a playmaker. I'm very excited to get down there and meet him and interact with him and pick his brain and start to learn. I love learning from guys that have done it before me and that do it very well and Vincent Jackson is one of them. I was a huge fan of Mike when he was at Texas A&M when he was with (quarterback) Johnny (Manziel). Like I said, words just can't really describe how thankful and how excited I am to have this opportunity to play for a great organization."

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