|Hometown:||Daytona Beach, Fla.|
|High School:||Seabreeze HS|
2015 — One of the program's most versatile athletes in recent memory possesses the ability to shine at almost any position on the field of his choosing . . . Following a trial in the defensive secondary during the 2015 spring drills, he started the fall back on offense, starting three consecutive games at wide receiver after missing the season opener . . . Proceeded to open the final eight contests at safety, posting a team-high 12 tackles (6 unassisted) in his first collegiate action on defense and tying for second on the team with a pair of interceptions (vs. Oregon State and TCU) . . . The first-Pac-12's first-team all-conference all-purpose standout was credited with a career-best 15 tackles (14 solo) in the win at Arizona State in addition to returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, earning the honor of conference special teams player of the week . . . He completed the night returning four kickoffs for a season-high 185 all-purpose yards . . . The Ducks' ninth-leading tackler (47 stops and 35 unassisted) and fifth-best receiver (17 catches, 270 yards) ranked third in the Pac-12 (20th nationally) in kickoff returns (26.5 avg.) and 10th in the conference in all-purpose yardage (105.5 avg.) . . . He continued to be utilized as an offensive weapon after the switch to the other side of the ball, latching onto five passes for 73 yards and two scores in his final five appearances while averaging 5.6 tackles per game as a full-time defender . . . Also ran for 115 yards on six carries, including a 75-yard score in the win at Stanford among his 88 rushing yards . . . Encountered his first action of the season at Michigan State, tying a previous high with seven catches for 79 yards . . . Scored first touchdown of the season at Colorado, a 39-yard touchdown toss from fellow receiver Bralon Addison . . . Finished the game with two receptions for 44 yards and a score, while also running back four kickoffs for 124 yards to finish with 168 all-purpose yards.
2014 — The second-team Freshman All-American (Scout.com) emerged as Oregon’s top special teams player on the year, developing into an offensive threat as the year progressed . . . Burst onto the scene with a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown in his collegiate debut vs. South Dakota before duplicating that feat from 58 yards out later in the year at California . . . Yet the second-team all-league standout played a crucial role as a kick coverage specialist, leading the team in special teams tackles (17) while attracting more than one blocker on a regular basis . . . Accumulated a 15.5-yard punt return average that would have ranked fourth in the country had he met the minimum number of returns (11 att., 171 yds.) while leading the Ducks with 19.0-yard kickoff return average (22 att., 418 yds.) . . . Finished third on the team in all-purpose yards (67.8 avg.) and tied for fifth in scoring (42 pts.) as he polished his game from a receiving standpoint as the year wore on . . . Completed the year with 23 catches for 327 yards and five TDs, with 20 of his grabs taking place in his last seven games of the season . . . Enjoyed a season-high seven catches for 104 yards in the Pac-12 Championship game against Arizona . . . Reeled in a pair of touchdown receptions in both the Colorado and Oregon State games as he reached the end zone in four of the last five regular-season outings . . . Was the recipient of the Gordon E. Wilson Award (Oregon’s Top Special Teams Standout) following the regular season . . . Transitioned to the defensive secondary for the greater portion of 2015 spring drills yet saw ample time on the offensive side of the ball in the Spring Game . . . Led all receivers with five catches for 144 yards, including touchdown grabs of 52 and 46 yards, in addition to posting three tackles and the spring exhibition's lone interception . . . Doubled as a key component on the school's national championship track team as a true freshman, running the third leg on the third-fastest 4x100 relay in school history at the NCAA West Regional meet in Austin, Texas . . . The quartet finished with the 10th-fastest prelim time at the NCAA Championships in Eugene . . . Also qualified for the long jump at the West Regional with a season-best 24-0.75 (7.33m) and ran a 2015-best 100 meters (10.94) at the Pepsi Invitational.
BEFORE OREGON — The all-purpose threat emerged as the top-ranked standout on the Orlando Sentinel’s 2014 Central Florida Super60 ledger as well as among the newspaper’s premier 20 players on its Florida Top 100 list . . . Caught 37 passes for 512 yards and seven touchdowns his senior season in addition to contributing a trio of rushing scores and three kickoff returns for TDs . . . Earned first-team all-state acclaim by the Associated Press and received first-team All-Area recognition as a wide receiver by the Daytona Beach News-Journal . . . Added 57 tackles and four interceptions as a defensive back for the Sandcrabs while returning one of the picks for a touchdown . . . Was selected MVP of the U.S. contingent in the Under-19 International Bowl vs. Canada after returning a punt 90 yards for a touchdown in addition to five catches for another 56 yards . . . Took advantage of his low center of gravity and quickness to emerge as an explosive playmaker with breakaway speed, as witnessed by placing fourth in the state 3A 100 meters as a junior.
PERSONAL — Parents: Charles Nelson and Cassie Goodwin. Family: Two brothers, two sisters. High School: Seabreeze, 2014. Major: Pre Business Administration.
NELSON'S CAREER BESTS
Points scored: 12, Colorado, 11/22/14; at Oregon State, 11/29/14
Touchdowns: 2, Colorado, 11/22/14; at Oregon State, 11/29/14
Rush attempts: 4, vs Arizona, 12/05/14
Rush yards: 88, at Stanford, 11/14/15 (2 carries)
Rush TDs: 1, at Stanford, 11/14/15
Long rush: 75, at Stanford, 11/14/15
Receptions: 7, vs Arizona, 12/05/14; at Michigan State, 09/12/15
Receiving yards: 104, vs Arizona, 12/05/14 (7 receptions)
Receiving TDs: 2, Colorado, 11/22/14; at Oregon State, 11/29/14
Long reception: 73, vs Arizona, 12/05/14
Total offense attempts: 4, vs Arizona, 12/05/14 (4 rush,0 pass)
Total ofense yards: 88, at Stanford, 11/14/15 (88 rush,0 pass)
All-purpose yards: 199, vs Arizona, 12/05/14
Punt returns: 2, at Washington State, 09/20/14
Punt return yards: 58, vs California, Oct 24, 2014 (1 returns)
Long punt return: 58, vs California, Oct 24, 2014
Kick returns: 5, USC, 11/21/2015
Kick return yards: 185, at Arizona State, 10/29/14 (4 returns)
Long kick return: 100, at Arizona State, 10/29/15
Interceptions: 1, vs TCU, 01/02/16; Oregon State, 11/27/15
Long interception return: 5, Oregon State, 11/27/15
Tackles: 15, at Arizona State, 10/29/15 (14-1)
Tackles for loss: 1.0, vs TCU, 01/02/16 (1-0)
Break ups: 2, Washington State, 10/10/15