Made six tackles against TCU (10/5) before suffering a partially torn pectoral muscle that will sideline him for the rest of the season ... returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown and had one tackle and one pass breakup at Notre Dame (9/28) ... recorded five tackles with 1.0 TFL and two pass breakups against Tulsa (9/14) ... made seven tackles and broke up a pass against West Virginia (9/7) ... season-high eight tackles with 2.0 TFL and 1.0 sack against ULM (8/31)
Named Academic All-Big 12 Second Team ... played in all 13 games with 11 starts ... tallied 2.0 TFL vs. Texas (10/13) ... matched his career high with nine tackles vs. Notre Dame (10/27).
Honorable mention All-Big 12 by AP and coaches ... started 11 games while playing in all 13 ... had 5.5 sacks to lead the linebackers and is the second-best single-season sack total by an OU linebacker in program history ... wore No. 12 vs. Ball State ... had a career-high three sacks at Kansas ... recovered first career fumble vs. Iowa State ... had at least six tackles in five of the last six games of the season ... had back-to-back games with a career-high nine tackles vs. Baylor and Iowa
State ... Academic All-Big 12 first team.
True freshman played in all 14 games as a member of special teams and backup linebacker ... blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety at Texas A&M ... had a season-high four tackles at Missouri ... had tackles for loss at Missouri and Texas A&M.
Five-star recruit by Scout.com ... 5A Player of the Year ... four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals.com ... named first team All-American by MaxPreps.com ... 133 tackles with nine sacks and 16 tackles for loss ... five blocked field goals ...Parade MagazineAll-American ... All-State defensive end his sophomore season ... Under Armour All-American ... AP 5A Defensive Player of the Year.
No. 12 outside linebacker (Rivals.com)
No. 12 outside linebacker (Scout.com)
No. 23 player in Texas (Rivals.com)
No. 159 overall player (Rivals.com)
Son of Cedric and Camisha Nelson ... has switched back to number seven after switching to number 25 midway through the 2010 season to play on the same special team units as DeMarco Murray ... mother works for the State Fair of Texas ... enjoys writing poetry ... majoring in communication.