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2   Anthony Nelson
Anthony Nelson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Wllington, Fla.

High School:
Glades Day School

Last College:
Hofstra

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 180

Position:
WR

Birthdate:
08/29/1989


CAREER HONORS:

  • FCS ADA Academic All-Start Team
  • ESPN All-District Football First Team"
  • College Football Performance Award of the Week
  • 2010 CAA Football Student-Athlete of the Year
  • FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team
    General: Playing senior season at UMass after three seasons at Hofstra. Outstanding student who has been a decorated player in his career at UMass and Hofstra. Top-flight receiver with speed and great hands. News and Features on Anthony Nelson Anthony Nelson Photo Gallery

    As a senior in 2010:Game-By-Game Statistics
    • Senior transfer from Hofstra, has made an immediate impact as a receiver and return man in only season with Minutemen.
    • Outstanding student, honored with FCS Academic All-Star after posting a 3.79 GPA at Hofstra.
    • Leads team in receptions (61) and receiving yards (830).
    • 61 catches ranks as ninth-best single-season in UMass history.
    •Ranks Second in CAA and 29th in NCAA in catches per game (5.7). Stands FIRST in CAA and 42nd in nation in receiving yards per game (70.1).
    • Fourth in CAA in all-purpose yards (113.5 per game).
    • Rushed 12 times for 74 yards on reverses & end-arounds.
    • Has seven kickoff returns for 218 yards and two punt returns for 104 yards..
    • At least five catches in first seven games of the year and in eight of the 10 overall.
    • Career-best 250 all-purpose yards (137 on kickoff returns, 51 on punt returns, 44 receiving and 18 rushing) vs. #2 Delaware (11/13).
    • Three catches for 22 yards and a kickoff return for 18 yards vs. Maine (11/6).
    • Season-low two catches for 25 yards, but make biggest catch of game on a 19-yard grab to convert a late fourth down and set up a score. Also returned a punt 53 yards -- on first PR of the season -- to set up game-tying score at #15 James Madison (10/30).
    • Career game at Gillette Stadium in Colonial Clash with 11 catches for 190 yards vs. #10 New Hampshire (10/23). Both marks a career-highs and rank fourth in a single-game in UMass history. Broke previous career-high for yards (128) in the first-half alone with 132 yards. Named to College Football Performance Weekly Honor Roll after big game.
    • Game-high six receptions for 43 yards at #20 Richmond (10/16).
    • Game-best five catches for 40 yards including a 10-yard TD reception with 29 seconds left in first half (10/2).
    • Game highs with six catches for 97 yards at Stony Brook (9/20).
    • Made six catches for 59 yards at #20 Michigan (9/18).
    • Eight catches for 103 yards vs. Holy Cross (9/11).
    •Caught five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in his UMass debut vs. William & Mary (9/4)
    • Caught 40 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns during the 2009 season with Hofstra.
    •Had his third 100-yard receiving game with four catches for 129 yards against Rhode Island (11/20).

    As a Junior in 2009 at Hofstra: Caught 40 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns during the 2009 season ... Returned four punts for 25 yards and eight kick-offs for 121 yards ... Brought in five balls for 71 yards and a score against UMass (11/21) ... Caught three passes for 32 yards against Delaware (11/7) ... Caught four balls for 117 yards, highlighted by an 89 yard grab and a touchdown against Rhode Island (10/17) ... Brought in six balls for 60 yards against Maine (10/10) ... Caught six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown against Bryant (9/12).

    As a Sophomore in 2008: CAA Academic All-Conference and Hofstra Athletics Academic Honor Roll selection ... Played and started in eight games as a sophomore ... Missed the final four games of the season with an injury ... Was second on the team in receptions with 35 for 314 yards and one touchdown ... Hauled in nine passes for 92 yards against Rhode Island and nine for 85 yards against Albany ... Season-long of 30 yards, and a touchdown at Stony Brook ... Returned nine punts for 31 yards ... Recorded one return for a season-best 22 yards at James Madison ... Also returned five kickoffs for 94 yards on the season ... Tallied two kickoff returns for 43 yards at Connecticut ... Recorded his longest kickoff return of the year, 29 yards, at Maine ... Made 10 solo tackles on special teams, including four at Bucknell and three against URI.

    As a Freshman in 2007: All-CAA first team selection as a punt returner ... Played in all 11 games as a true freshman ... Second on the team, 12th in the CAA and 97th in the FCS in receptions with 44 ... Posted the second-most receptions by a freshman in school history, behind all-time record-holder Charles Sullivan's 68 in 2004 ... Recorded 543 receiving yards, which was second on the Pride and 15th in the CAA ... Posted two 100-yard receiving games ... Tallied 10 receptions for 128 yards against New Hampshire and six catches for 105 yards at Northeastern ... Posted seven receptions for 92 yards in his college debut against Furman ... Recorded his only receiving touchdown of the season on a 24-yard pass from Bryan Savage at Villanova ... Led the CAA and was sixth in the CAA in punt returns with 20 returns and 312 yards for a 15.6 average ... Tallied three punt returns for 83 yards at Rhode Island, including a third-quarter 77-yard runback that helped spark the Pride's come-from-behind victory ... Posted four punt returns for 39 yards at Villanova and had a 67-yard punt return at Northeastern ... Recorded three rushing attempts for 17 yards and had one kickoff return for 6 yards.

    Before College: Earned four letters in football and baseball, and one in basketball at Glades Day School in Belle Glade, Florida ... Helped lead team to a 12-2 record and the Florida IA state championship in 2006 ... Named to All-Florida honorable mention team as a senior ... Named first team all-area by the Sun-Sentinel and second team all-area by the Palm Beach Post ... Posted 32 catches for 550 yards and nine touchdowns in 2006 ... Also returned three punts and one kickoff for scores ... Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior.

    Personal: Born August 29, 1989 ... Has one sister ... Boys and Girls Club volunteer ... Entrepreneurship major at Hofstra. CAREER STATISTICS (Receiving)

    Year	GP	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	Lg.
    2007 HU	12/10   43      524	12.2	1
    2008 HU	12/8	36	338	9.4	1	30
    2009 HU 11/10	40	520	13.0	4	89
    2010	11/10	61	830	13.6	4	58
    Totals	46/38	180	2210	12.1	10	89
    
    CAREER STATISTICS (Kick Off Returns)
    Year	GP	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	Lg.
    2008 HU	12/8	5	146	29.4	0	73
    2009 HU	11/10	8	121	15.1	0	42
    2010	11/9	9	242	26.9	0	40
    Totals	34/27	22	509	23.8	0	73
    
    CAREER HIGHS
    Receptions: 11 vs. New Hampshire (10/23/10)
    Receiving Yards: 190 vs. Hampshire (10/23/10)
    Long Reception: 89 vs. Rhode Island (10/17/09)
    All-Purpose Yards: 250 vs. Delaware (11/13/10)
    100-Yard Games: 5 (last vs.N.Hampshire, 10/23/10)
    
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