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Reggie Nelson

DB

Height
6' 1"
CLASS
JR
Hometown
Melbourne
Weight
193 lbs.
Experience
1L
School
Palm Bay

Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round (21st overall) of the 2007 NFL draft...

HONORS: Honored with the 2006 Jack Tatum Award as the nation’s top defensive back by the Touchdown Club of Columbus…Selected to the Walter Camp All-America Defense, as well as the Football Writers Association of America All-America Defense last season…Earned first-team All-America accolades from the Associated Press…Tabbed for the All-American Football Foundation’s All-America squad…Collected 2006 first-team All-SEC honors from both the league’s coaches and the Associated Press…Named a first-team All-American by Rivals.com…One of five finalists for the 2006 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation's most outstanding defensive player…One of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back… Chosen to the first-team Preseason All-SEC defense by Blue Ribbon, CollegeFootballNews.com and the SEC coaches, and was a second-team pick by the league's media…Named to the Watch List for the Chuck Bednarik Award for Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year…

CAREER: Saw action in 25 games with 18 starts…

2006: Member of the 2006 Leadership Committee…Started all 14 games in the Gators' defensive backfield…Intercepted three passes against top-25 opponents last season, which tied for the national lead…Ranked fifth in the SEC with six interceptions on the campaign…One of six Florida players to break or reach the 50-tackle barrier in '06…Selected as the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Defensive Player of the Half-Year, and also earned a spot on CBS Sportsline’s Halfway All-America Team…Named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after an Alabama game in which he made five tackles, returned an interception 70 yards for a score, recovered a fumble at the end of a UF interception and broke up a pass…The nod marked the second Defensive Player of the Week honor for the Gators during the season…Returned 12 punts for 93 yards, giving him an average of 7.8 yards per return…Assisted on a tackle in the Gators’ win over Ohio State in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game…Logged a pair of tackles and an interception on a pass attempt by Arkansas running back Darren McFadden in Florida’s 38-28 defeat of the Razorbacks…McFadden had been a perfect 6-of-6 passing on the year until Nelson picked him off in the SEC Championship Game…Led the team with six tackles, all solo, while also intercepting his fifth pass and breaking up another pass attempt in the win over Florida State…The half-dozen stops were just one away from his career high…Made a pair of tackles, including one for loss, in the Western Carolina game…Recorded five tackles and broke up a pass in the Gators’ 17-16 win over South Carolina…Collected four solo tackles and blocked his second punt of the season against Vanderbilt…Made a career-high-tying seven tackles for the second-consecutive game in the win over Georgia…Also recovered a fumble for the Gators on a punt that struck a Bulldogs’ player on the leg…Tied his career-high with seven tackles, including four solo efforts, at Auburn…Blocked a punt in the third quarter of the LSU game, and also dislodged a pass from the hands of a Tiger receiver that led to an interception for teammate Ryan Smith…Finished the night with three tackles and a pass defended…Sealed Florida’s win over Alabama with his fourth interception, which he returned 70 yards for a touchdown…Made five stops, recovered a fumble and deflected a pass in the victory…Assisted on two tackles and broke up a pass as the Gators defeated Kentucky, 26-7…Intercepted Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge on the Vols’ first and last plays from scrimmage in the Gators’ 21-20 victory…The two picks were a career high…The last time a UF player picked off two passes in a game before Nelson’s performance against Tennessee was Sept. 24, 2005, when Earl Everett snatched a pair of picks against Kentucky…Made three stops, including one for loss, in the win over UCF…Came up with four solo tackles and an interception against Southern Miss…

2005: Participated in all 11 regular-season contests with four starts (Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Florida State) before injuring his knee during bowl practices…One of eight Gators to break the 40-tackle mark on the season, 32 of his 46 total tackles were solo efforts…Finished second on  the team with four quarterback sacks, for a net loss of 32 yards…One of 11 Gators to force a fumble during the 2005 campaign…Started the first game of his Gator career against Georgia and recorded a career-high seven tackles with three solo and four assisted efforts…Matched his career-high number of seven tackles in the Gators’ overtime win against Vanderbilt, including four solo efforts…Notched seven tackles, including five solo, in Florida’s victory over Florida State…

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: The Palm Bay All-American had been enrolled at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College since 2003…Helped the Red Ravens to No. 3 ranking in the final 2004 National Junior College Athletic Association poll in his only year playing for Coffeyville…Nelson was named the NJCAA National Player of the Week for October 26 for his part in Coffeyville’s 86-0 win over Independence (Kan.) in the first round of the Region 6 playoffs…Nelson led the squad in tackles with 72 (37 solo and 35 assisted), intercepted six passes for 175 return yards, including one that was returned for a touchdown…He recovered two fumbles during the season and blocked four kicks…Coming out of Palm Bay High School in Melbourne, Fla., Nelson was a two-time first-team all-state (4A) honoree and a two-year starter…

PERSONAL: Was born on Sept. 21, 1983…High school teammate of Gator defensive end Joe Cohen…


CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Year UT-AT TT TBL QBS FF FR PD INT
2005 32-14 46 4 4 1 0 1 1
2006 34-17 51 2 0 0 2* 11 6
Totals: 66-31 97 6 4 1 2* 12 7

CAREER PUNT RETURN STATS
Year No. Yds Avg. TDs Long
2006 12 93 7.8 0 21
Totals: 12 93 7.8 0 21

NELSON’S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 7 (five times, last vs. Georgia, 2006)
QB Sacks: 2 (Miss. St., 2005)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (Alabama, 2005)
Interceptions: 2 (Tennessee, 2006)
*One was not a defensive fumble recovery

Game-By-Game

2006

                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |-------PASSING-------|  |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   All
 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp
 Sep 02, 2006 SOUTHERN MISS..........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   4   39  0  21    39
 Sep 09, 2006 UCF....................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   4   10  0   9    10
 Sep 16, 2006 at Tennessee...........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Sep 23, 2006 KENTUCKY...............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Sep 30, 2006 ALABAMA................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    70
 Oct 07, 2006 LSU....................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   1    6  0   0     6
 Oct 14, 2006 at Auburn..............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Oct 28, 2006 vs Georgia.............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   1    8  0   8     8
 Nov 04, 2006 at Vanderbilt..........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   1   14  0   0    14
 Nov 11, 2006 SOUTH CAROLINA.........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   1   16  0  16    16
 Nov 18, 2006 WESTERN CAROLINA.......  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Nov 25, 2006 at Florida State.......  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Dec. 2, 2006 vs Arkansas............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Jan. 8, 2007 vs Ohio State..........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Totals..............................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0  12   93  0  21   163

 Games played: 14
 Punt ret avg: 7.8
 All purpose avg/game: 11.6

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|            Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-|
 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf  Pts
 Sep 02, 2006 SOUTHERN MISS..........   4    0      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     1-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 09, 2006 UCF....................   2    1      3    1.0-2     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 16, 2006 at Tennessee...........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     2-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 23, 2006 KENTUCKY...............   0    2      2    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 30, 2006 ALABAMA................   3    2      5    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     1-70    0   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    6
 Oct 07, 2006 LSU....................   2    1      3    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   1    1   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 14, 2006 at Auburn..............   4    3      7    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 28, 2006 vs Georgia.............   5    2      7    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  1-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 04, 2006 at Vanderbilt..........   4    0      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    1   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 11, 2006 SOUTH CAROLINA.........   2    3      5    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 18, 2006 WESTERN CAROLINA.......   1    1      2    1.0-4     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 25, 2006 at Florida State.......   6    0      6    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     1-0     0   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Dec. 2, 2006 vs Arkansas............   1    1      2    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     1-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Jan. 8, 2007 vs Ohio State..........   0    1      1    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Totals..............................  34   17     51    2.0-6     0.0-0     0  1-0     6-70    0   5    2   0-0     0   0   0    6

2005

                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |-------PASSING-------|  |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   All
 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp
 Sep 03, 2005 WYOMING................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Sep 10, 2005 LOUISIANA TECH.........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Sep 17, 2005 TENNESSEE..............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Sep 24, 2005 at Kentucky............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Oct  1, 2005 at Alabama Crimson Tide  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Oct 08, 2005 MISSISSIPPI STATE......  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Oct 15, 2005 at LSU.................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Oct 29, 2005 vs Georgia.............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     6
 Nov 05, 2005 VANDERBILT.............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Nov 12, 2005 at South Carolina......  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Nov 26, 2005 FLORIDA STATE..........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Totals..............................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     6

 Games played: 11
 All purpose avg/game: 0.5

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|            Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-|
 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf  Pts
 Sep 03, 2005 WYOMING................   2    0      2    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 10, 2005 LOUISIANA TECH.........   5    0      5    1.0-10    1.0-10    0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 17, 2005 TENNESSEE..............   2    1      3    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 24, 2005 at Kentucky............   2    2      4    1.0-7     1.0-7     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct  1, 2005 at Alabama Crimson Tide   3    0      3    0.0-0     0.0-0     1  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 08, 2005 MISSISSIPPI STATE......   3    2      5    2.0-15    2.0-15    0  1-0     0-0     1   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 15, 2005 at LSU.................   1    0      1    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 29, 2005 vs Georgia.............   3    4      7    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     1-6     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 05, 2005 VANDERBILT.............   4    3      7    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 12, 2005 at South Carolina......   2    0      2    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 26, 2005 FLORIDA STATE..........   5    2      7    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Totals..............................  32   14     46    4.0-32    4.0-32    1  1-0     1-6     1   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    0

Profile on Reggie Nelson

  • Is the proud father of a young daughter
  • His mother (‘Miss Mary’), a former custodial worker at Central Middle School in West Melbourne, battled breast cancer for more than three years and underwent surgery to remove her right breast in March 2006. Her goal was to sit in the stands at Florida Field and watch her son play this fall * she was in attendance on Sept. 9 vs. UCF. She passed away in Dec. 2006.
  • Is a member of Coach Meyer’s Leadership Committee * a task assigned to provide guidance for the rest of the team
  • Spent his summer at Coffeyville Community College in southeast Kansas putting up barbed-wire fences

What They Are Saying About Reggie Nelson

"Reggie Nelson is not a good football player; he is one of the best football players I have ever seen around, not just a defensive back." (1/5/2007)
Urban Meyer, UF head coach

"Reggie Nelson is the best defensive back I've seen, and I've seen some good ones." (12/17/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

"I'm very fortunate. I've been through so much, and just to be where I am is something else. But I wouldn't be here today without the 21 seniors on our team." (12/8/06)
Reggie Nelson, UF safety

"Reggie Nelson is a great guy, and I am glad I got the chance to meet him this week. The way he is (personally) is probably a testament to the way the rest of the team is." (12/8/06)
Troy Smith, Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State

"I just love to play. If I get a big hit, I get a big hit; if I don't, oh well, I just try to come out next week and
practice even harder to get one." (12/7/06)
Reggie Nelson, UF safety

"He's unbelievable. He's probably one of the best football players I've ever seen play, what he can do. He's that fast, and he's that little (6 feet 1), but he can hit a 300-pounder and knock him on his butt; we've seen him do it several times. And he's just really explosive. I'm always excited to see Reggie out there." (11/21/06)
Brandon Siler, UF Linebacker

"He does it all. He's an energizer, he's a leader. Some of the great ones, I can start listing a bunch of them, but it goes all the way back to Chris Spielman at Ohio State, he was that type of player you just knew where he was at all times. Reggie's a great tackler, he's a great athlete, he can cover and tackle. He could be our punt returner, he's our punt blocker. He's just all over the field. ... He's as good a playmaker as I've ever been around." (11/21/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

"I have no worries. Playing in front of Reggie Nelson and Tony Joiner is like playing in
front of Brian Dawkins and Sean Taylor." (11/08/06)
Reggie Lewis, UF Defensive Back

"I saw him play in high school but the way he's developed in college. The thing about him, he's a playmaker, he makes plays. The thing you like about him is he can erase the middle of the field for you." (11/08/06)
Charlie Strong, UF Co-Defensive Coordinator

“He's as fine a football player as I've ever been around. If he's not an All-American, then I'd like to go to lunch with the selection committee and watch film and explain to them what an All-American is -- because Reggie Nelson is an All-American. He's as fine a football player as there is in the country. He's our guy."  (10/3106)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

"I'm a smiling dude. After all I went through, I can't take a thing for granted. Every moment I have out there at The Swamp is very important and very special. That's why I smile so much. I'm just enjoying life right now because I took the long road." (10/12/06)
Reggie Nelson

“He could play right now. The league always looks for playmakers and he’s definitely a playmaker…He’d be a (high draft pick) if he wants to leave. Shelfishly, I’m like the (Gators) coaches. I want him to stay one more year and play for the Gators instead of leaving. But if he wants to go? Oh yeah, he’ll go high.” (10/8/06)
Keiwan Ratliff, former Florida defensive back and NFL player

“I think [LSU’s] guys is up there, [LaRon] Landry, and I think we’ve got the best free safety in college football.” (10/8/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“If I had a draft choice, I might take Reggie Nelson No. 1. I think we have the best free safety in college football.” (10/8/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“He’s a great football player. You’d have to convince me of free safeties that are playing better than No. 1 right now. He’s an All-SEC player.” (9/30/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“I told (Nelson) that was the biggest play of the game, him recovering that fumble. It was a big interception that I tipped up and I caught it. But if he doesn’t recover that fumble, they’re still going into score and it’s 14-13.” (9/30/06)
Ryan Smith, UF Cornerback

“Ray McDonald, Jarvis Moss. We can be hellified good. We’ve got our front seven back. Most teams don’t get their front seven back. Got our whole D-line back. We got Brandon Siler, we got Earl Everett back. We just got to get our secondary connected. Everything’s there. With our front seven, we’re going to have a good defense. The D-line controls everything. Man, I love my front seven.” (2006)
Reggie Nelson

“I think I got better everyday. I went out there and worked hard, and now I have a swagger to myself. As I go out there and play, I have confidence.” (4/23/06)
Reggie Nelson

“Reggie Nelson and Avery Atkins, it’s too soon to say they’re going to play, but they’re going to play – unless they’re just cowards or they don’t hit people.” (8/9/2005)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“Florida coaches knew he was talented. But when Nelson stepped on the field and ran the 40 in 4.38, faces beamed in excitement. How talented is Nelson? When he was ruled academically eligible to enroll, two of his UF teammates drove to Melbourne to pick him up and give him a ride back to Gainesville.” (8/24/2005)
David Jones, Florida Today

"Reggie was a four-year starter for us and he's probably the most versatile player I've ever had here.  We played him at linebacker and he was a big-play receiver.  He can also break your back as a punt and kick retuner.  One thing you don't see in the stats is he's a great leader and a fiery competitor.  He can change the tempo of a game.  There's no one I'd trade him for."

"They are getting one of the best players in Florida.  He's the most instinctual defensive player I've ever had here.  At receiver- he's got great speed, adjusts to the ball well and can go up and get it.  If he concentrates on the secondary, he could easily convert and play receiver.  He's a great punt returner.  He's a great kickoff returner.  He's just a great athlete.   He has great instincts on defense." (February 6, 2003)

"Reggie could excel at either side of the ball.  We've played some of the top receivers in the state, and he's as good as any of them.  Florida will probably put him at defensive back, unless the wide receiver coach gets a look at him.  Then coaches may start arguing for him." (March 6, 2003)

"He's going to be a better defensive player.  He can use his instincts more on defense, rather than a complex system with audibles and things like that on offense.  Whatever lets him play freely is what is best for his style." (March 6, 2003)
Dan Burke, Palm Bay football coach

"I'm glad that I get to play with Reggie.  He's the type of person that can get the team going.  He has a knack for making big plays at the time that they need to be made." (March 6, 2003)
Joe Cohen, UF freshman

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