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Shawn Nelson
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Shawn Nelson

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Gonzales, La.

High School:
East Ascension HS

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 239

Position:
TE

Birthdate:
10/05/1985

Experience:
1vl

12/02/2006

Conference Championship 12-1-06

USM vs Houston 12-1-06

Named preseason first team honors for C-USA by Athlon Sports, and second team by Phil Steele's Magazine and Lindy's... 2007 PapaJohns.com Bowl: Tallied three receptions for 18 yards... also caught a 10 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter ... 2007 (r-Jr.): Played in 13 games, starting 12 ... Caught 33 passes for 451 yards and five touchdowns ... Four of his touchdowns came in consecutive games from East Carolina (9/15) to SMU (10/13) ... Caught at least three passes in eight games, including a season-best five catches against SMU and Marshall (10/21) ... His 81 yards receiving against SMU was his season high ... Caught two clutch passes deep in ECU territory - one for a touchdown from 28 yards - in a C-USA opening game win ... Tallied a 23-yard scoring pass at Boise State (9/27), an eight-yarder against Rice (10/3) and a 28-yarder versus SMU ... Had catches of 20 or more yards on 10 different occasions, which was second on the team (behind Torris Magee's 12) ... 2007 Preseason Honors: Named All-Conference USA by Athlon Sports (first team), CBSSportline.com (first team), C-USA Coaches (first team), Lindy's (first team), Phil Steele's (first team) and The Sporting News (first team) ... Named most physical receiver by The Sporting News ... Named one of the Top 10 talents in Conference USA by Lindy's ... Named No. 7 on top 40 tight ends in the nation by Phil Steele's ... 2006 (r-So.): Named to the 2006 Coaches' All-Conference USA first team ... Selected to the Media's 2006 All-Conference second team ... Given the special teams award for "Big Block" following the game against NC State (9/16) ... Selected the Special Teams "Big Block Champion" for the 2006 season ... Played in all 14 games as the team's starting tight end ... Started in 12 games ... Battled through part of the season with a fractured hand followed by a sprained ankle sustained in the Tulane game (11/11) ... Participated in 978 total snaps, including 828 on offense and 150 on special teams ... Recorded 36 receptions for 506 yards and three touchdowns ... Longest reception was a 45-yarder against Houston (12/1) ... The team's leading receiver ... Recorded a season-high six catches against Florida (9/2) and Marshall (11/25) ... Finished with 85 yards against Florida ... Scored touchdowns against Houston (10/14), Memphis (11/5) and Marshall ... Longest TD reception of the year was a 23-yard catch against Marshall ... Tallied a 19-yard scoring catch against Memphis and a 16-yarder against Houston (10/14) ... Recorded three tackles, two against Tulsa (10/3) and one against Southeastern Louisiana (9/9) ... 2005 (r-Fr.): Started the final 11 games of the season ... Finished the year with 35 catches for 540 yards and three touchdowns ... Averaged 15.4 yards per catch ... Ranks No. 14 in Conference USA in receiving yards per game (49.09) and No. 29 in receptions per game (3.18) ... Finished with five catches for 113 yards and a 63-yard touchdown against Tulane (11/26), the first 100-yard receiving game by a Golden Eagle tight end since Marvin Harvey had three catches for 144 yards against Hawaii (10/15/77) ... Followed that performance with a six-catch, 121-yard and two touchdown performance against Arkansas State in the New Orleans Bowl (12/20) ... Had two catches for 40 yards, including a long reception of 33 yards against McNeese State (9/17), in his first career start ... Posted three catches for 51 yards and his first career touchdown against East Carolina (10/1) ... Had four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown against UAB (10/21) ... Also had four catches for 47 yards against Memphis (11/19) ... Recorded three catches for 51 yards against N.C. State (10/29) ... Also had three catches for 11 yards against Houston (11/13) ... Had two catches against Tulsa (10/8), UCF (10/15) for 26 and 18 yards respectively ... 2004 (Fr.): Redshirted ... Prep: Played for Coach Bill Beasley at East Ascension HS ... Team captain ... Helped lead the team to a 10-3 record and the tri-district championship (7-4A) ... Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs ... Louisiana Football Coaches Association All-State Team ... All-district ... Named to the Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting Louisiana High School Football Super Team All-State ... Four-star rating by Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting ... Rated a 9.25 and No. 47 in the state of Louisiana by Zem's Gems ... Rated No. 42 in the state by Dandy Don's ... A two-sport (5.2) rating by rivals.com.

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