Senior QB Nick Mullens named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Preseason All-Conference USA (2016)
Preseason Fourth-Team All-Conference USA/Athlon's (2016)
Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medal (2015)
Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll (2015, 2016)
2017 (Senior): Injured during the preseason and did not play at all this season ... Graduated in finance during the fall semester ... Earned university's Best Male Citizen Award, the first student-athlete since football's Gerald McGrath in 2007.
2016 (Junior): Played in all 13 games, starting 11...Was third on the team in tackles with 48 (22 solo)...Finished tied for the team lead with two interceptions, both of which came in the fourth quarter of the regular-season finale win over Louisiana Tech (15 yards combined on returns)...also had a career and team-high nine tackles in that game (six solo)...combined for a TFL in the opening-win at Kentucky...tallied two pass breakups as well.
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Had six tackles (two solo) and pass breakup against Washington (12/26).
2015 (Sophomore): Played in all 14 games, starting 10...Third-leading tackler with 59 stops (42 solo), including five tackles for loss... Matched career-high with seven tackles at Nebraska (9/26), against North Texas (10/3) and against Old Dominion (11/21)... Broke up five passes and forced a fumble... Blocked a punt against Austin Peay (9/12)... Named first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District... Named to C-USA All-Academic team.
2014 (Freshman): Named a 2014-15 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Medalist... Named to the 2014-15 Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll... Played in all 12 games of the season as a true freshman, making 10 starts... Made collegiate debut in a start in the season opener at Mississippi State... Finished the year with 36 tackles (21 solo, 15 assisted), seven pass breakups, two interceptions and a quarterback hurry... Notched a season-best five tackles against Mississippi State, Alcorn State, Rice and UTSA... Recorded first collegiate interception against App State, returning it for eight yards... Boasted a 45-yard interception return against Rice... Had a pair of pass breakups against Louisiana Tech and No. 23 Marshall, while adding breakups versus Rice, Middle Tennessee and UTSA... Credited with a QB hurry against the Thundering Herd.
High School: Two-star prospected according to Rivals.com, 247sports.com and Scout.com... Lettered at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss.... Helped the Warriors to the 2013 State Championship... Named First-Team All-Area by the Hattiesburg American... Played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game... Voted by team as Best Defensive Back... Posted 45 total tackles, including 28 solo stops with four tackles for loss as a senior... Also a member of the track & field and powerlifting teams... Won the 6A State Title in the 4x4, setting the OGHS school record... Honor student and member of the Beta Club.
Personal: Full name is Picasso Chavez Nelson Jr.... Son of Chan Willis and Picasso Nelson Sr. ... Has three younger sisters, Linzee Nelson, Lauryn Nelson and Hannah Brown ... Father, Picasso, played football in the NFL and CFL... Cousin, Kenny Shed, played football in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans, while great uncle, Eugene Bowen, played in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys... Born on April 15, 1996 in Mendenhall, Miss.... Majoring in business and finance.