Will compete for playing time at cornerback ? Also a big contributor on special teams ? Has played in 28 career games.
1999: Backup to Jerard White at one cornerback spot ? Co-recipient of the team?s Most Outstanding Academician award ? Played in every game of the season on special teams ? Also played at defensive back against Northeastern, Maine and Connecticut ? Had 13 tackles on the year ? Made one tackle at Georgia Southern in the NCAA quarterfinals ? Had one tackle against Connecticut ? Totaled three tackles at William & Mary ? Made one tackle against Rhode Island ? Had a pair of unassisted tackles against Northeastern ? Made three tackles at Toledo ? Recorded one unassisted tackle at Villanova ? Made one unassisted tackle against New Hampshire ? Named to the Athletic Director?s Honor Roll in the fall of 1999.
1998: A key special teams player ? Played in all 15 games on the season ? Had 17 tackles on the year, 15 of them solo stops ? Made two unassisted tackles against Georgia Southern in the NCAA championship game ? Had a pair of unassisted tackles in NCAA first round game at McNeese State ? Blocked a punt in the end zone at Hofstra, which was recovered by the Minutemen for a touchdown ? Had three tackles against Villanova ? Made two unassisted tackles at Connecticut and against Buffalo.
Before UMass: Played for coach Mike Cassano, Sr., at Lawrence (Mass.) Central Catholic High School ? Led the Red Raiders to a 7-3 record during his senior season, playing both tailback and cornerback ? Also lettered in both basketball and baseball at Central Catholic.
Personal: Full name is Nelson Ovalles ? Son of Carmen and Roberto Ovalles ? Born May 20, 1979 in Tenares, Dominican Republic ? Majoring in Marketing.
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