Senior Demarco Nelson leads safety position
Tulsa looks to defend title in 2013
Nelson returns to anchor Hurricane secondary
Hurricane football players spotlighted over next few weeks
Shawn Jackson and Demarco Nelson are the only Conference USA players named
Tulsa - A three-year letterwinner and three-year starter . . . red-shirted during the 2013 season . . . has played in 40 career games and has started 39 contests . . . has 239 tackles, 14 pass break-ups and eight interceptions in his career . . . has three career double-digit tackle games . . .
2013 - Did not play due to red-shirt status . . .
2012 - Started all 14 games . . . earned second-team all-C-USA honors . . . collected 80 tackles, four stops for -10 yards, three pass break-ups and two interceptions . . . had seven tackles, including five solos, at SMU . . . tallied six stops and one pass break-up against UCF . . . had eight tackles at Houston . . . totaled seven tackles and forced one fumble and returned that fumble 33 yards at Arkansas . . . credited with six solo tackles vs. Rice . . . totaled seven tackles, forced one fumble and had one pass break-up at Marshall . . . his pass deflection against Marshall that came on 4th-and-7 in the end zone saved a touchdown and was Marshall's last play of the game . . . had six stops including two TFLs for -6 yards against Fresno State. . . . was credited with 13 tackles, 1.5 stops for -3 yards, one interception and one pass break-up in the opener at Iowa State . . . was named to the preseason watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Jim Thorpe Award in 2013 . . .
2011 - Started all 13 games . . . earned honorable mention all-Conference USA accolades . . . had 73 tackles, five pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries . . . had seven tackles against BYU in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl . . . tallied eight tackles and one pass break-up against #7 Houston . . . collected nine tackles and one fumble recovery at Rice . . . totaled a team-high and career-best 12 stops against #7 Oklahoma State . . . tallied eight tackles and one fumble recovery in the season opener at #1 Oklahoma . . . was named to the 2011 Thorpe Award Preseason Watch List . . .
2010 - Played in all 13 games and started 12 contests . . . ranked third on the teams with had 86 stops and also added six interceptions and six pass break-ups . . . was named to the Football Writer's Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America team . . . also earned third-team Freshman All-America accolades by Phil Steele's Magazine . . . earned first-team all-Conference USA accolades and was also a C-USA all-freshman team selection . . . ranked 10th nationally for interceptions per game . . . his six interceptions tied teammate Dexter McCoil and was the most since Nick Graham's six in 2005 . . . was named the Walter Camp Foundation National FBS Defensive Player of the Week and the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at Houston when he tallied seven tackles and three interceptions, coming deep in Tulsa territory . . . had a season-high 10 tackles at Oklahoma State and also had the school's fourth-longest INT return with an 81-yard return for a TD against OSU . . . had 5 stops and one PBU at Hawai'i . . . had nine tackles and two pass break-ups against UTEP . . . also tallied nine stops vs. Southern Miss . . . had nine stops and one pass break-up against Tulane . . . tallied tackles and forced one fumble at SMU . . . tallied seven tackles and one pass break-up at Notre Dame . . . totaled four stops and one interception at Memphis before leaving the game in the second quarter with an injury . . . received his first collegiate start at safety against Bowling Green and tallied five tackles, one pass break-up and one interception against Bowling Green . . .
Overall - An explosive player . . . played safety for the first time in his career as a true freshman . . . possesses great ability . . . a very athletic player . . . possesses great speed and quickness . . . a leader by example . . . a playermaker.
High School - Was a three-year letterwinner at Glenpool High School . . . gained 1,324 yards for a 10.7 average per carry and 18 touchdowns his senior season . . . also had 10 kickoff returns for 407 yards and three TDs . . . rushed for 178 yards against Class 5A state runner-up Bixby, 158 yards against Class 4A state champion Star Spencer and 133 yards and two TDs in a victory over Class 3A runner-up Berryhill . . . helped lead his team to a 9-2 record as a senior . . . named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association East All-State Team . . . was ranked 25th in the state of Oklahoma by Scout.com . . . ranked 31st in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com . . . was a Tulsa World first-team all-metro selection during his senior season . . . earned Tulsa World second-team all-state honors as a kick returner . . . had 1,437 yards and 18 TDs as a junior despite missing the first five games with an injury . . . rushed for 1,978 yards and 24 touchdowns as a sophomore . . . high school coach was Steve Edwards.
Personal - Favorite NFL team is the Dallas Cowboys . . . enjoys fishing and playing video games . . . lists Wolf of Wall Street as his favorite movie . . . his favorite sports movie is Waterboy . . . his favorite NFL player is Earl Thomas . . . his favorite pro sports team is the Oklahoma City Thunder . . . lists the toughest thing about being a college athlete is lack of sleep . . . his favorite musical band is Kings of Leon . . . has two older siblings . . . mother is Phylicia Nelson . . . majoring in organizational studies . . . born DeMarco Melvin Nelson on August 8, 1991.
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