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 teams 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 Directors 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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