Tom Nelson
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Tom Nelson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Ill.

High School:
John Hersey

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 200

Position:
S

Experience:
3L

10/02/2013

Longtime Rivals ISU and WIU to Tangle on Homecoming 2013

The game will be broadcast live on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago at 2 p.m.

09/24/2013

MVFC Play Opens at Missouri State for No. 24 Ranked Redbirds

The Redbirds will attempt to get back to .500 on the season with a victory.

04/28/2013

Four Redbirds Sign With NFL Teams After The Draft

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 STATISTICS

Total

185

YEAR G-GS UT AT TFL Sacks INT FF FR QBH
2005 11-11 28 29 57 2.5-6 0-0 0-0 1 1 6
2006 13-13 18 24 42 1-1 0-0 4-63 0 0 10
2007 11-11 41 45 86 3-5 0-0 2-33 0 0 2
TOTAL 35-35 87 98 6.5-12 0-0 6-96 1 1 18

TD

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YEAR KR YDS AVG LONG PR YDS AVG TD LONG
2005 5 111 22.2 0 49 0 0 0 .0 0 0
2006 20 445 22.2 0 57 1 6 6.0 0 6
2007 31 664 21.4 0 459 16 95 05.9 0 25
TOTAL 56 1220 21.8 59 17 101 5.9 0 25

CAREER SINGLE-GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 14 at North Dakota State, 11-3-07
Interceptions: 2, twice
Kickoff Returns: 8 at North Dakota State, 11-3-07
Kickoff Return Yards: 150 at North Dakota State, 11-3-07
Longest Kickoff Return: 59 vs. Murray State, 9-8-07
Punt Returns: 3, three times
Punt Return Yards: 27 vs. Murray State, 9-8-07
Longest Punt Return: 25 at Southern Illinois, 11-10-07