Steve Nelson took a while to crack the starting lineup, but once he did, the Oregon State Beaver defense benefitted from his big play ability. Entering 2014, he’s the incumbent at left cornerback and should solidify that position heading into the season. He demonstrated his abilities once he got into the starting lineup against Colorado in the ninth game and led all cornerbacks with 62 tackles and led the team with eight pass breakups.
High School/Junior College
As a senior at Northside High School in Warner Robins, Ga., Nelson returned seven punts for touchdowns and was an All-Middle Georgia selection at defensive back. Was also a sprinter on the track team, running a leg on the team’s 4x100 relay team that won the county meet. Nelson attended College of Sequoias in 2011 and would go on to register 71 tackles, six interceptions and 19 pass breakups over his two-year career. He was rated the second best JC cornerback in the nation after his second season.
Nelson entered Oregon State in January 2013 and began the season as a nickel back before breaking into the starting lineup against Colorado. His knack for big plays showed on special teams, then in the secondary, as he recorded two picks against Utah and had a game-winning pick six against San Diego State. Nelson earned Pac-12 honorable mention honors after the 2013 season.
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