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28   Tony Nelson
Tony Nelson

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Germanton, Md.

High School:
Northwest H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 210

Position:
TB

Birthdate:
08/24/1987


Career Honors
2009 CAA All-Conferece Second Team
2008 New England Football Writers All-Star
2008 CAA All-Conferece First Team
CAA Offensive Player of Week, Nov. 22, 2008
UMass Athlete of Week, Sept. 2, 2008
N.E. Golden Helmet Award, Sept. 3, 2008
A-10 Co-Rookie of the Week, Oct. 8, 2006

Sixth on UMass career rushing list (2,787)
Fifth on UMass career carries list (532)
Sixth in UMass career rushing touchdowns list (25)

On Nelson: All-American candidate and returning All-Conference tailback ... According to Coach Morris, "he's only getting better than he was last year" ... Has worked to sculpt his body and has really taken care of himself in the offseason to be in prime shape as a senior ... Expected to carry the load all season ... Full-time starter in 2008 after teaming with all-conference selection Matt Lawrence in 2007 ... Highly-touted tailback from outstanding program in Maryland ... Was looked at by many FBS programs before choosing UMass ... Great speed and acceleration ... Switched to No. 28, his high school number, after wearing No. 17 in 2007.

As a redshirt senior in 2009: Game-by-Game Statistics
• Standout tailback in fifth season in the program.
• Walter Payton Award Candidate as top offensive FCS player.
• 2009 CAA All-Conference Second Team
• 2009 College Sporting News Preseason Third Team All-American • 2009 Preseason All-CAA by Coaches and Phil Steele.
• Finished 6TH on career rushing yards list with 2,787. Passed Kevin Smellie (2,148) at Kansas State and Jerome Bledsoe (2,216) vs. Albany.
• 5th in career carries (532).
• Sixth on career rushing touchdowns list with 25. Next on list is No. 5 Lou Bush (27).
• 12 career 100-yard games and six 150-yard games.
• Five 100-yard games during season.
• Third in CAA in rushing yards per game (82.3) with 741 yards on 150 carries in seven starts.
• Made eight catches for 68 yards.
• In college finale at Hofstra (11/21), scored three touchdowns to tie career-high, gaining 103 yards on 16 carries.
• Gained 115 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries on Senior Day vs. James Madison (11/14).
• Playing near 100 percent for the first time in close to two months, gained 116 yards and scored career-high tying three touchdowns in win over Northeastern (11/7).
• Returned to action at Maine (10/31) with 30 yards on 10 carries.
• Played one series vs. New Hampshire (10/17), had two yards.
• Gained just 33 yards at Delaware (10/10).
• Missed Stony Brook game (9/26) with an injury.
• Picked up 158 yards on 29 carries and a 3-yard TD vs. Rhode Island (9/19).
• Gained 77 yards including a 2-yard TD run vs. Albany (9/12).
• Opened year with UMass' first 100-yard rushing game vs. an FBS in 10 years with 107 at Kansas State (9/5) on 19 carries.
• 2008 All-CAA First Team, New England Writers All-Star.
• Named CAA Offensive Player of Week after career-high 204 yards in 2008 finale against Hofstra (11/22).
• Became 10th different UMass rusher to gain 1,000 this season, giving UMass a 1,000-yard rusher for the seventh year in a row.
• Finished in CAA in rushing with 110.4 yards per game, to rank 17th in the nation. Third in CAA with 1,325 yards on 243 carries and 12 TDs. 1,325 yards ranked as eighth-best single-season in UMass history and third-most by a junior.

As a redshirt junior in 2008: CAA All-Conference first-team tailback ... Honored as a New England Football Writers All-Star ... Named CAA Offensive Player of the Week after season finale career game with 204 rushing yards ... Starting tailback in fourth season in the program ... Third in CAA in rushing with 110.4 yards per game, to rank 17th in the nation .. Third in the CAA in rushing touchdowns with 12 ... Third in CAA with 1,325 yards on 243 carries and 12 TDs ... Became 10th different UMass rusher to gain 1,000 this season, giving UMass a 1,000-yard rusher for the seventh year in a row ... Total of 1,325 ranked eighth-best single-season in UMass history and third-most by a junior ... 243 carries tied for 12th-most in a season and 12 rushing touchdowns also ranks for 12th-best single-season in UMass history ... Career total of 2,046 ranks as the ninth-most in UMass history with senior season to come ... Won New England Writers Golden Helmet on Sept. 2 ... Six 100-yard games in 2008, seven in career. UMass is 5-2 ... Career-high 204 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns vs. Hofstra (11/22) ... Became first 200-yard rusher since Steve Baylark in 2006 vs. Rhode Island ... Racked up 154 yards on 24 carries and a 3-yard touchdown at #13 New Hampshire (11/15) ... Ran for 93 yards on 19 carries vs. Maine (11/8) ... Scored two touchdowns (2, 13) at Rhode Island (11/1) in gaining 65 yards on 12 carries ... In very limited action had a 3-yard TD vs. Bryant (10/25), as he gained just seven yards on three carries ... Gained 61 yards on 23 carries against #9 Richmond (10/18) ... Ran for career-best 175 yards on career-high 37 carries at Northeastern (10/11). Also scored UMass' first TD of game ... 37 carries tied for 10th-most in a game in UMass history ... Gained 163 yards on career-best 23 carries in win over #16 Delaware (10/4). Also had career-best 44 receiving yards on career-high three catches. Career-long 37-yard reception ... 41 yards on 12 carries at #11 FBS Texas Tech (9/20) ... Third-career 100 yard game with 109 at #7 James Madison (9/13). Also scored two touchdowns for second week in row ... Carried 22 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns at Holy Cross (9/6). Scored two second-half TDs ... Picked up 171 yards on 20 carries with one rushing TD in vs. Albany (8/30). Ran for a 64-yard TD, the longest run by a UMass player since R.J. Cobbs in 2002. Also had 2-yard touchdown reception. Second career multi-touchdown game.

As a redshirt sophomore in 2007: In 12 games, had 486 yards on 92 carries for a 5.3 average per tote and one TD ... Had nine catches for 45 yards ... Did not play in NCAA Quarterfinal at Southern Illinois (12/1), due to injury ... Had 65 yards on 11 carries vs. #14 New Hampshire (11/10) ... In hurricane conditions at Rhode Island (11/3), ran for 43 yards on 11 carries ... Scored first touchdown at William & Mary (10/27) on a 13-yard run. Had 50 yards on six carries ... Gained 38 yards on nine carries vs. Northeastern (10/20) ... First-career 100-yard game with 104 yards on 18 carries at Maine (9/22). Had a career-long 61-yard run late in the fourth. Gave UMass its first game with two 100-yard rushers since 2003 vs. Richmond (along with Matt Lawrence, who had 176 yards) ... Seven carries for 22 yards and catch vs. #23 Towson (9/15) ... Gained 70 yards on seven carries at Colgate (9/8). Had two catches for 29 yards ... Opened `07 with 55 yards on nine rushes vs. Holy Cross (9/1).

As a redshirt freshman in 2006: Named A-10 Co-Rookie of the Week on Oct. 8 ... Had 47 carries for 238 yards this year (5.0 yards per carry) in nine games ... Four carries for 17 yards vs. Lafayette (11/25) in NCAAs ... Returned to action vs. Hofstra (11/18), carried four times for 18 yards ... Carried six times for 18 yards at Towson (10/14) in Maryland homecoming ... Scored first three touchdowns of his career vs. William & Mary (10/7). Gained 69 yards on 13 carries. First UMass rookie with three TDs in a game since R.J. Cobbs in 2002 ... In most extensive action carried 12 times for 73 yards vs. Stony Brook (9/23), also had first-career catch ... Toted football three times for 13 yards at Villanova (9/16) ... Returned two kickoffs for 46 yards at Navy (9/9) ... Saw first regular-season action vs. Colgate (9/2) with two carries for 10 yards.

As a freshman in 2005: Redshirt season ... Part of the travel squad early in the season.

Before UMass: Star running back and linebacker at Northwest High School in Germantown, Md., under Coach Randy Trivers ... led the Jaguars to the Maryland State Championship in 2004 with a record of 14-1 ... honored as an All-Conference selection as a junior and senior ... All-Gazette and All-Prince George's Journal as a senior ... ran for 1,692 on 213 carries (7.4 per carry average) and 18 touchdowns as a senior .... piled up 33 touchdowns in his junior and senior seasons ... named a Top 44 recruit in the state of Maryland ... helped Northwest to a 32-6 record in three years.

Personal: Anthony Dwayne Nelson ... Born August 24, 1987 in Takoma Park, Maryland ... Son of Judy Commock and Anthony Nelson ... Brother of Antoniette ... Majoring in Psychology.

Career Statistics (Rushing)

Year	GP/GS	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	Lg.
2006	9/0	47	235	5.0	3	25
2007	12/0	92	486	5.3	1	61
2008	12/12	243	1325	5.5	12	64
2009	9/7	150	741	4.9	9	50
Totals	42/19	532	2787	5.2	25	64

Career Statistics (Receiving)

Year	GP/GS	No.	Yds.	Avg.	TD	Lg.
2006	9/0	2	3	1.5	0	9
2007	12/0	9	45	5.0	0	21
2008	12/12	19	120	6.3	1	10
2009	9/7	8	68	8.5	0	17
Totals	42/19	38	236	6.1	1	21

CAREER HIGHS

Carries: 37 at Northeastern (10/11/08)
Rushing Yards: 204 vs. Hofstra (11/22/08)
Longest Run: 64 vs. Albany (8/30/08)
Touchdowns: 3 vs. Wm. & Mary (10/7/06) & Northeastern (11/7/09)
Receptions: 3 vs. Delaware (10/4/08)
Longest Reception: 37 vs. Delaware (10/4/08)
100-Yard Rush Games: 12 (last at Hofstra, 11/21/09) UM 7-5

Game-By-Game

2006	No.-Yd-TD, Lg.
9/2	Colgate	2-10-0, 6
9/9	Navy	0-0
9/16	Villanova	3-13-0, 8
9/23	S. Brook	12-73-0, 25
10/7	W&M	13-69-3, 20
10/14	Towson	6-18-0, 7
10/21	URI	3-17-0, 11
10/28	NU	DNP
11/4	UNH	DNP
11/11	Maine	DNP
11/18	Hofstra	4-18-0, 9
11/25	Lafayette	4-17-0, 7
12/2	UNH	DNP
12/8	Mont.	DNP
2007	No.-Yd-TD, Lg.
9/1	H. Cross	9-55-0, 21
9/8	Colgate	7-70-0, 21
9/15	Towson	7-22-0, 6
9/22	Maine	18-104-0, 61
9/29	BC	3-12-0, 5
10/13	Villanova	3-8-0, 5
10/20	NU	9-38-0, 24
10/27	W&M	6-50-1, 16
11/3	URI	11-43-0, 8
11/10	UNH	11-65-0, 28
11/17	Hofstra	7-19-0, 9
11/24	Ford,	1-0-0, 0
12/1	SIU	DNP-INJ
2008	No.-Yd-TD, Lg.
8/30	Alb.	20-171-1, 64
9/6	HC	22-82-1, 19
9/13	JMU	20-109-2, 42
9/20	TTU	12-42-0, 9
10/4	Del.	23-163-0, 38
10/11	NU	37-175-1, 34
10/18	Rich.	23-61-0, 11
10/25	Bry.	3-7-1, 3
11/1	URI	12-65-2, 14
11/8	Maine	19-93-0, 17
11/15	UNH	24-154-1, 35
11/22	Hof.	28-204-2, 61

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