Position, years at UA: Wide receiver, 1972-75.
Honors, accomplishments at UA: Twice earned first-team All-WAC honors, in 1974 and 1975. … Was a first-team All-American from the Newspaper Enterprise Association in 1975. … Ranks fifth in school history with 153 receptions and fifth with 2,509 receiving yards.
Why he made our list: UA had not had a wide receiver like Theopolis “T” Bell. When he left UA he had 55 more receptions than anybody in school history (teammate Scott Piper was second) and 857 receiving yards more than the second-best Wildcat.
Bell’s pair of school records stood for 24 years after his graduation, until Dennis Northcutt came along and the program was into its third decade in the Pac-10. Bell’s school record of 30 touchdown receptions wasn’t broken until 2011, when Juron Criner slipped past with 32.
And Bell (6 feet, 185 pounds) put up all those numbers while playing in coach Jim Young’s veer offense, working the deep routes for quarterback Bruce Hill.