Senior Demarco Nelson leads safety position
Derrick Jackson and Dexter McCoil to play in the senior all-star game
TU finishes season with 11-3 record by winning its fourth bowl game in the last five appearances
Tulsa - A three-year letterwinner and starter . . . has played in 37 career games and has started 30 contests . . . has 225 career tackles, 16 pass break-ups and 13 interceptions . . . his 13 pick-offs ties the school's all-time interception record . . . has six career double-figure tackle games . . . was named to the 2012 preseason Watch Lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player and the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back . . . 2011 - Started all 13 games . . . totaled had 84 tackles, seven pass break-ups and 6 interceptions for 131 yards . . . earned second-team all-Conference USA honors . . . ranked ninth nationally for interceptions . . . also ranked 43rd in the nation for passes defended . . . had an interception in three straight games -- North Texas, UAB and Rice . . . totaled 10 tackles, two interceptions for 37 yards and one pass breakup against BYU, while being named the Tulsa MVP of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl . . . had seven stops against #7 Houston . . . totaled five tackles and two pass break-ups at UTEP . . . had four stops and one pass break-up at UCF . . . totaled 8 tackles and had a 20-yard interception return at Rice . . . tallied five stops, one interception and one pass break-up against UAB . . . totaled six tackles and one interception for a 74-yard TD vs. North Texas . . . had nine stops and one pass break-up at #4 Boise State . . . totaled a season-best 11 stops and had one pass break-up against #7 OSU . . . had seven tackles and one stop for -2 yards at Tulane . . . tallied six stops in the season opener at #1 Oklahoma . . . 2010 - Played 12 games and started 11 contests . . . had 56 tackles, 6 interceptions for 63 yards and three pass break-ups . . . earned honorable mention all-Conference USA merits . . . ranked fifth nationally with his six interceptions . . . his six pickoffs is also the most for a TU player since Nick Graham's six in 2005, and tied teammate Marco Nelson . . . totaled nine tackles, all solos at Hawai'i in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl . . . had seven tackles and an interception late in the second quarter that stopped a Southern Miss drive . . . his interception against UTEP stopped a possible game-winning drive at the Tulsa 30-yard line late in the game . . . also totaled five tackles against UTEP . . . had four stops against both Houston and Rice... totaled 4 tackles, one interception and one pass break-up at Notre Dame . . . missed the Bowling Green game due to an injury . . . returned against Oklahoma State and had three stops in limited action in a reserve role . . . had 4 tackles, one stop for -2 yards, one interception and one pass break-up at SMU... compiled seven tackles and one interception in the season opener at East Carolina . . . 2009 - Was one of eight true freshmen to earn a letter in the 2009 campaign . . . played in all 12 games and had six starts at free safety . . . was named to the C-USA all-freshman team . . . was named o the CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman honorable mention All-America team . . . had 85 tackles to rank third on the team . . . also tallied one interception and six pass break-ups . . . had four double-figure tackle games . . . had eight tackles at Oklahoma, and added seven stops a week later against Sam Houston State . . . had his first career start against No. 5-ranked Boise State and had his first double-digit tackle game with 11 stops . . . a week later, he totaled nine stops and one interception in the end zone at UTEP . . . totaled six tackles and one pass break-up vs. SMU . . . had his second double-figure tackle game with 10 stops against Houston, and added 2 pass break-ups . . . tallied 13 stops, including 10 solos, against East Carolina . . . totaled 12 tackles against Southern Miss . . . had four tackles and two pass break-ups against Memphis in the season finale . . . Overall - Tall and rangy . . . a team leader . . . provides leadership . . . possesses great football savvy . . . has great drive and attitude . . . gives great effort . . . a very knowledgeable football player . . . a very coachable and physical player . . . has added nearly 50 pounds since he first arrives on campus . . . studies the game.
High School - Was a three-year letterwinner and starter at Lutcher High School . . . was a member of two state championship teams . . . helped lead his team to a 14-2 record and the Class 3A state championship as a senior . . . as a sophomore, he team posted a 10-4 record and won the state title . . . played tight end on offense and safety and outside linebacker on defense . . . had career totals of 343 tackles and six interceptions . . . was ranked as the 58th top prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com . . . earned honorable mention all-state his senior season . . . was credited with 151 tackles, 10 stops for lost yardage, three sacks and one interception as a senior . . . had 10 tackles in a 17-0 win over Crawley Notre Dame in the state championship game . . . was named the District MVP his senior season . . . earned all-district, all-metro and all-River Parish honors both his junior and senior seasons . . . had 108 stops and five interceptions in his junior campaign, while helping his team post a 12-3 record and make the state semifinals . . . high school coach was Tim Detiller.
Personal - Favorite NFL team is the Oakland Raiders . . . lists Love & Basketball and Columbiana as his favorite movies . . . his favorite pro sports team is the Los Angeles Lakers . . . favorite NFL player is the late Sean Taylor . . . Kobe Bryant is his favorite pro athlete . . . his second cousin Corey Webster plays for the New York Giants . . . his favorite food is crawfish bisque . . . a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee . . . if he were forced to give up all of his possessions but one, he would keep his Bible . . . lists his biggest sports thrill at TU was John Flanders interception to clinch the victory against Notre Dame in 2010 . . . parents are Vincent Franklin and Dineska McZeal . . . majoring in exercise and sports science . . . born September 5, 1991 in Metairie, Louisiana.
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