UTEP ITEM: Named to the 2012 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA).

2011 (JUNIOR): Missed the first four games due to injury before returning to start the final eight games at right tackle ... the Miners averaged 28.9 points and 401.4 yards of total offense in those games ... without Nelson in the lineup, UTEP managed 22.0 ppg and 338.8 ypg ... helped the Miners rank tied for fourth nationally in long plays of 70+ yards (four), tied for sixth in plays of 60+ yards (seven), and tied for 17th in plays of 50+ yards (nine) from scrimmage ... the Miners scored 22 rushing touchdowns in the red zone ... UTEP's 154.9 yards rushing per game marked its third-best effort in 13 years ... UTEP registered four players with 150+ yards rushing.

2010 (SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 13 games for the Miners ... filled a backup role at both tackle positions ... helped the Miners tie for 16th nationally in tackles for losses allowed (4.4 per game) ... UTEP was also tied for 33rd in the country in sacks allowed per game (1.5) ... the Miners averaged 26.0 points and 360.4 yards ... the Miners' 2010 offensive highlights included Trevor Vittatoe becoming the school's all-time passing and total offense leader ... UTEP also had five players with 200+ yards rushing for the first time since 1983.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Joined the Miners after spending one year at Ventura Junior College, where he was Rookie of the Year on offense and an All-League offensive tackle ... coached by John Mack at Ventura JC ... two-year letterwinner at Buena High School for head coach Justin Berenson ... garnered first team All-Channel League and second-team All-Ventura County honors as a senior ... honorable mention All-League performer as a junior ... also earned a pair of letters in track and field.

PERSONAL: Parents are Jim and Tina Nelson ... has one brother and three sisters ... born 9/30/90 (San Diego, Calif.) ... earned his bachelor's degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from UTEP in May of 2012 and is pursuing a Masters of Educational Administration.

James Nelson

James  Nelson


Ventura, Calf.

High School:
Buena HS

Last College:
Ventura JC

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 355



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