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Grant Nelson Athlete Profile

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Grant Nelson
Position: Linebacker Height: 6-3 Weight: 226 Roster Years: 2004 | 2007-2009 Hometown: Sewickley, PA Last School: Hopewell High School

Personal

  • Parents are Curtis and Donna Nelson
  • One of six children
  • Eagle Scout
  • Served a Church mission in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Married to wife Rachel in June 2008
  • Majoring in economics

Before BYU

  • A National Honor Society member with a 3.9 grade-point average at Hopewell HS
  • Ranked second academically in his graduating class
  • Three-year letterwinner for head coach Dave Vestal
  • Also a three-year letterman in track
  • Earned team Most Valuable Player honors as a senior
  • All-league and selection at linebacker and tight end
  • Earned all-state honorable mention honors as a linebacker
  • Led the Vikings in tackles as both a junior and senior
  • Posted 95 tackles in his final season
  • Two-year starter at Hopewell
  • Helped lead his team to the 2002 WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championship
  • Named to the All-Parkway Conference and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's All-Class AAA teams
  • Recruited by Indiana, West Virginia, Penn State and Pennsylvania

Stats

YEAR   GMS   SOLO  AST   TOTAL   TFL/YDS   SACKS/YDS   PBU   QBH   FR   FF   BLK/K
2007   13    9     13    22      .5/1      -           -     -     -    -    -   
2008   3     -     -     -       -         -           -     -     -    -    -   
2009   12    8     11    19      2.5/10    2/10        2     1     -    -    -
TOTAL  28    17    24    41      3.0/11    2/10        2     1     -    -    -


2004 | Redshirt Year

  • Redshirted prior to serving a church mission to Frankfurt, Germany

2007 | Freshman Year

  • Earned 2007 Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors
  • Competed in all 13 games for the Cougars
  • Contributed on special teams and as a back-up linebacker
  • Credited with 22 tackles on the season, including 9 solo and 13 assisted tackles
  • Had a season-high four tackles against Air Force

2008 | Sophomore Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore
  • Saw action in three games
  • Contributor on special teams
  • Earned 2008 Academic All-MWC honors
  • Recipient of the Cougar Club's Kimball Memorial Award

2009 | Junior Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • MWC Scholar-Athlete
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Saw action in 12 games, including starts against Tulane, Colorado State and Utah State
  • Totaled 19 tackles on the season
  • Had 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks (Tulane)
  • Recorded two pass breakups and one quarterback hurry