Jordan Nelson is expected to continue to be a key special teams performer as a senior in 2016, while adding depth in the backfield. The 5-8, 180-pound Nelson was on Nebraska’s top kickoff return unit last fall and also has seen action on the Husker kick coverage units.
A walk-on from Omaha Burke High School, Nelson has also shown the versatility to play both running back and receiver during his Nebraska career. He has settled at I-back the past two seasons and has seen spot duty carrying the ball. A journalism major, Nelson is on track to earn his degree in May of 2017.
Nelson played in all 13 games and was one of Nebraska's top kickoff returners. Nelson had four kickoff returns for 69 yards, with a pair of 22-yard returns at Illinois. Nelson added depth at I-back, but did not have a carry.
Nelson played in 12 games, seeing work at I-back as well as on the kickoff coverage unit. He rushed 13 times for 74 yards, an average of 5.7 yards per carry. He had five carries for 32 yards against Florida Atlantic, helping NU rush for 498 yards. Nelson had five carries for 35 yards against Illinois, and had one carry for four yards against Purdue. He ranked among the team leaders in coverage tackles, with seven stops on kickoffs, including three solo tackles.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Nelson added depth at receiver in 2013, but did not play in a game.
Nelson redshirted in 2012.
Before Nebraska (Burke HS)
Nelson starred for Burke High School in 2011, when he helped the Bulldogs reach the Class A state championship game. Nelson set the school single-season rushing record with 1,791 yards and had 13 touchdowns, earning him a spot on the Lincoln Journal Star Super State team. Nelson also caught 25 passes for 700 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 28.0 yards per reception.
Nelson competed in track and field, placing in four events at the state track and field championships. Nelson was selected to participate in the 2012 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. The All-Nebraska running back and honorary captain of the World-Herald all-metro team chose to walk on over scholarship offers from several Division II programs.
The son of Ray and Tammy Nelson, Jordan was born on Dec. 13, 1993. He is majoring in journalism, and has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes, Husker Hotline and local rec center visits.
» Games Played– 25 (12 in 2014, 13 in 2015)
» Rushing– 13 carries, 74 yards (all in 2014)
» Tackles– 3 UT, 4 AT, 7 TT (all in 2014)
» Kickoff Returns– 4 returns, 69 yards, 17.2 average, long-22, all in 2015