Matt Brown, Ben Ericksen, Evan Frierson and Mike Zimmer each signed free-agent deals with NFL squads.
2007: An All-Gateway Second-Team selection ... started every game and has started all 35 games of his career ... ranked third on the team in tackles with 86, including 41 solo stops ... led the team in interceptions with two, both of which came at Missouri against Heisman Trophy finalist Chase Daniel ... posted three double-digit tackle games, including a career-best 14 stops at then-No. 1 North Dakota State ... led the team in both kickoff and punt returns ... returned 31 kickoffs for 664 yards, including a long of 59 yards against Murray State ... fielded 16 punts and totaled 95 return yards, including a season-best 25-yard return at Southern Illinois.
2006: An All-Gateway Second-Team selection ... started all 13 games on the season ... led the team with four interceptions ... finished third in the conference in passes defended with 14 ... hauled in first-two career interceptions at Kansas State ... added his third in the next game against Central Arkansas ... also picked off a pass and returned it for 34 yards against Western Illinois ... broke up 10 passes on the season ... recorded a season-high nine tackles in a win at Western Kentucky.
2005: Gateway Freshman of the Year ... also named to the Gateway All-Newcomer Team ... started all 11 games as a true freshman at free safety ... first freshman to start in his first game since 1998 ... led the team in pass breakups ... ranked sixth on the team in tackles ... had a career-high 10 tackles on Homecoming against Western Kentucky ... forced and recovered a fumble on the same play at then-No. 1 Southern Illinois.
John Hersey HS: A two-year starter ... as a senior, totaled 900 rushing yards and scored nine touchdowns, while passing for 1,034 yards and eight touchdowns as an option quarterback ... a two-time all-conference and all-area selection ... earned all-state honorable mention honors as a senior ... as a junior, played in seven games and gained 568 yards on 112 attempts with seven touchdowns, while throwing for 261 yards and 14 touchdowns ... coached by Mark Gunther ... also lettered in basketball and baseball ... all-academic selection in football and basketball ... member of the honor roll.
Data: Born 12-4-86 in Hoffman Estates, Ill. ... son of Tom and Cheryl Nelson ... one of four children ... his father, Tom, was a member of the golf team at Northwestern ... major: marketing ... named once to the AFNI Athletics Honor Roll.
CAREER SINGLE-GAME HIGHS