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#45 Jay Nelson
Position: Defensive Line
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 245
Year: Senior
Hometown: Wheaton, Minn.
High School: Wheaton High School
Major: Management
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#45 Jay Nelson
Courtesy: UND Athletics Media Relations
Release: 08/02/2010
2011 (Junior): Appeared in all 11 games, moving into a starting role at defensive end for the final six contests ... Made a career-high 23 tackles, including 19 solo stops ... Finished with 10.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks ... Had four tackles at Idaho (Sept. 10) ... Posted two tackles, including a sack vs. Black Hills State (Sept. 24) ... Had a season-high five tackles and a sack vs. Cal Poly (Oct. 22) ... Named Great West Defensive Player of the Week following his efforts at Northern Colorado (Oct. 29) ... Posted three solo tackles, one TFL, one sack, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup in the come-from-behind win over the Bears ... Had three solo tackles and first career safety vs. Sioux Falls (Nov. 4) ... The fourth-quarter safety set up eventual game-winning field goal in 15-13 victory ... Posted two pass breakups and a solo tack in road win at UC Davis (Nov. 11) ... Made two solo tackles, including one for a loss vs. South Dakota (Nov. 18) ... Recipient of the 2011 Athletics Director of Award of Merit ... Earned third letter.

2010 (Sophomore): Appeared in 10 games as a reserve defensive lineman ... Made 20 tackles, including 12 solo stops in that role ... Posted at least one tackle in all 10 games he appeared in, including racking up four stops on three different occasions ... Had three solo stops in games vs. Southern Utah (Oct. 9) and at Cal Poly (Oct. 23) ... Recipient of the 2010 Athletics Director Award of Merit ... Earned second letter.

2009 (Freshman): Appeared in five games as an outside linebacker ... Made his collegiate debut in the season opener at Texas Tech (Sept. 5) ... Registered his first career tackle at Stephen F. Austin (Sept. 26) ... Posted a personal-best two tackles (1 solo, 1 assist) at Southern Utah (Oct. 24) ... Recipient of the 2009 Athletics Director Award of Merit ... Earned first letter.

2008: Redshirt season ... Named UND's Defensive Scout Player of the Week for week five.

Before UND: A 2008 graduate of Wheaton High School ... Four-year football letterwinner under coach Tony Thiel ... Three-time all-conference selection ... Named to the all-state team as a linebacker his senior year ... Led the team his final year with 137 tackles ... Lettered four times in golf and was a two-time all-conference pick ... Three-time letterwinner in basketball and baseball ... Named to the basketball and baseball all-conference team twice.

Personal: Majoring in Management ... Son of Lee and Carol Nelson ... His brother, Erik, plays football for Minnesota State.

» Nelson's career defensive statistics

YEAR

GP-GS

UA

A

TOT

TFL

INT

PBU

RF

FF

QBH

SACK

2009

5-0

1

2

3

0.0-0

0-0

0

0-0

0

0

0.0-0

2010

10-1

12

8

20

3.0-12

0-0

1

0-0

1

2

1.5-9

2011 11-6 19 4 23 10.5-49 0-0 3 0-0 2 6 4.0-26

TOTAL

26-7

32

14

46

13.5-61

0-0

4

0-0

3

8

5.5-35

» Nelson's personal highs

Tackles: 5, 10/22/11 vs. Cal Poly
Solo Tackles: 3 (6x), last 11/04/11 vs. Sioux Falls
Sacks: 1 (5x), last 10/29/11 at Northern Colorado
Forced Fumbles: 2, 10/29/11 at Northern Colorado

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