Nelson selected as a fourth-team safety
Spring game is scheduled for next Saturday, April 6 at 1 pm
Fifteen practices will conclude with spring game on Saturday, April 6
Practices begin March 5 and end with spring game on April 6
Hurricane football gets 12 signees on defense, seven on offense and two athletes
Tulsa - A two-year letterwinner and starter . . . has played in 26 career games and has started 13 contests . . . has 159 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and six interceptions in his two-year career . . . 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 has 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 PBU 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 - Missed spring drills for the second straight spring due to injury . . . played safety for the first time in his career as a true freshman . . . a very athletic player . . . possesses great speed and quickness . . . needs to stay healthy . . . possesses unlimited potential.
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 New York Giants . . . enjoys fishing . . . his favorite movie is 300 . . . lists The Express: The Ernie Davis Story as his favorite football movie . . . his favorite NFL player is former All-Pro defensive back Deion Sanders . . . the three words he uses to best describe himself are "honest, beast, loyal" . . . has two older siblings . . . mother is Phylicia Nelson . . . majoring in arts & sciences . . . born DeMarco Melvin Nelson on August 8, 1991.
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