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#31 Jerico Nelson
Position: Safety/Linebacker
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 216
Year: Senior
City/State: Destrehan, La.
High School: Destrehan HS
Experience: 3 Letters
Jerico Nelson
Courtesy: Athletic Communications
Release: 07/20/2011

CAREER SUMMARY: Nelson has played in 36 games with 26 starts and recorded 199 tackles, 21.5 for loss, 8.5 sacks, nine quarterback hurries, seven pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two interceptions. He enters 2011 tied for the team lead in career tackles for loss.

2010: He appeared in all 13 games with 12 starts for the Razorbacks. He finished the season with 87 tackles, a career-high mark that ranked second on the team, 11.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one interception, four pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble. His TFL total tied for 11th in the SEC, and his tackle total ranked tied for 12th in the conference. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 29 following a season-high 11 tackles, 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, and one quarterback hurry in Arkansas' 31-23 victory vs. No. 6 LSU. The week before, Nelson made nine tackles, 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, and forced one fumble in the Razorbacks' 38-31 double-overtime win at No. 22 Mississippi State. His forced fumble came at a critical moment, as he knocked the ball away from the Bulldogs' ball carrier at the UA 1-yard line to end MSU's possession in the first OT. He opened the season with two tackles in Arkansas' 44-3 win vs. Tennessee Tech. In Arkansas' 31-7 win vs. ULM, Nelson made eight tackles, 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack. He had a five-tackle performance in the 31-24 victory at Georgia. He recorded nine tackles, 0.5 for loss, vs. No. 1 Alabama. He recorded six tackles, 1.0 for loss, and one pass breakup in Arkansas' 24-17 win vs. Texas A&M. He made seven tackles, 1.0 for loss, and had one quarterback hurry at No. 7 Auburn. He made eight tackles, 0.5 for loss, with one fumble recovery in the Razorbacks' 38-24 victory vs. Ole Miss. He recorded five tackles, 1.0 for loss, and one pass breakup in UA's 41-20 win at No. 18 South Carolina. Nelson notched his first career interception return for a touchdown with a 39-yard return to the end zone for the final points in UA's 49-14 win vs. Vanderbilt, capping a seven-tackle performance that also included one pass breakup. He made six tackles, 1.0 for loss, and returned one punt for 10 yards in the Razorbacks' 58-21 victory vs. UTEP. In the Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. No. 6 Ohio State, Nelson notched four tackles and broke up one pass.

2009: He played in all 13 games as a safety with seven starts against Texas A&M, Auburn, Ole Miss, Troy, Mississippi State, LSU and East Carolina in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. He was third on the team overall and second among defensive backs with 74 tackles. He led the team with 13 special teams tackles. Against No. 17 Auburn, he had 10 tackles with a career-high three for losses of 21 yards, including a 15-yard sack. He also forced a fumble. He had a career-high 12 tackles against Troy, including a one-yard TFL and two passes broken up. In the Liberty Bowl victory over East Carolina, he had five tackles, including an eight-yard sack, and recovered a fumble. He had six tackles with a half TFL in the opener against Missouri State. He followed with seven stops against Georgia, four at Alabama and three against Texas A&M. He had four with a one-yard TFL and a 39-yard interception return at Ole Miss. He had two tackles against Eastern Michigan, three against South Carolina and eight with a quarterback hurry against Mississippi State.

2008: He played in 10 games and made seven starts as a true freshman. He finished with 35 tackles, including 3.5 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss. He was third on the team and led the secondary with the 3.5 sacks. He also had six quarterback hurries and a pass breakup. In his first game, a start against Western Illinois, he had five tackles with a one-yard sack and a hurry. The next week against ULM, he had four tackles and two hurries. He had one assisted tackle against Alabama, but it was a six-yard sack. He had five tackles, all solo stops, and two hurries at Texas. He followed with five more tackles and a hurry against Florida. At Auburn, he had one tackle and one pass breakup. He made four tackles with a half TFL for one yard at Kentucky. He had another four tackles against Ole Miss. At Mississippi State, he had three stops, including a half sack for three yards. He finished the year with a season-high six tackles in the win over LSU, including 1.5 sacks for six yards.

HIGH SCHOOL: During his senior season, he rushed for over 1,100 yards and scored 22 touchdowns for coach Steve Robicheaux. He was ranked as the No. 23 player at the athlete position in the nation and the No. 9 overall prospect in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com. He was rated as the No. 51 running back in the nation by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Miami, Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.

PERSONAL: Born Sept. 19, 1989, he is the son of Sheryl Lee and Leo Nelson, Jr. He is majoring in early childhood development.

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