- J.J. Nelson
J.J.  Nelson


Midfield, Ala.

High School:
Midfield HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 160

Wide Receiver


First-team All-American in 2014 by several outlets ... ran fastest 40 time (4.28) at NFL Combine ... finished UAB career with 19.6 yards per reception average ... tied for fifth all-time at UAB in receptions with 116 and ranks third in receiving yardage at 2,273 ... his 20 career receiving touchdowns are tied for third-most in Blazer history … after redshirt season in 2010, made significant contribution in each of the past four seasons … scored 27 touchdowns (20 receiving/5 returns/1 rushing) during career … of his 27 career touchdowns, 19 of them were by more than 40 yards … No. 1 all-time at UAB in allpurpose yards with 4,670 ... had five kickoff returns in career to rank No. 3 all-time in Conference USA ... was named to watch list for 2014 Paul Hornung and Biletnikoff Awards.

2014: Became UAB’s first Walter Camp first-team All-American with sensational senior season ... led country with 38.3 yards per kickoff return which is fifth-highest in NCAA history ... was NCAA leader in kickoff return touchdowns with four ... also was the national leader in combined kick return (kickoffs and punts) yardage. ... also named first-team All-American by USA Today, CBSSports.com and SB Nation .. was the second-team kick returner on the 2014 FWAA All-America team ... third-team AP All-Purpose All-American ... named JET Award recipient of Most Valuable Kick Returner of the Year, named for former Nebraska Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers finished season with 22 kickoff returns for 843 yards and four touchdowns ... also ranked No. 10 nationally in punt return average at 10.7 ... ranked 10th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (1,820) and averaged 151.7 all-purpose yards per game ... finished season with three 100-yard receiving games to increase his career total to 11 ... returned kickoffs for touchdowns against Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss.

2013: Led Blazers in receptions (42), receiving yards (846) and receiving touchdowns (8) ... averaged 20.1 yards per catch ... missed two games (FAU and FIU) due to injury ... earned second-team All-Conference USA honors ... ranked No. 2 in C-USA in receiving yards per game, No. 2 in all-purpose yards, No. 6 in scoring and No. 7 in receptions ... tied for Conference USA lead as he registered four 100-yard receiving games (199 vs. Troy, 127 vs. Rice, 117 vs. Southern Miss and 101 vs. UTSA) ... caught career-high 10 passes in opener at Troy ... also returned kickoff for touchdown (97 yards vs. Troy) and punt for touchdown (63 vs. Northwestern State) .... averaged 22.7 yards per kick return to rank sixth in C-USA ... had 367 all-purpose yards (highest total in NCAA) for week one in contest at Troy ... also had 303 all-purpose yards in season finale vs. Southern Miss ... those two all-purpose performances were top two efforts in C-USA last fall ... had two touchdowns against Troy and Southern Miss.

2012: Played in all 12 games and started four for the Blazers (South Carolina, Tulsa, Southeastern Louisiana and Houston) ... ranked No. 7 on team in receptions with 22 for 414 yards ... his 18.8 yards per catch average was best on the team ... tied for team honors in touchdown receptions with four ... continued to haunt Tulsa as he did the season before, catching four passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns ... had a 75-yard touchdown catch from Austin Brown against the Golden Hurricane on the first play from scrimmage in the game ... also had a 50-yard touchdown reception in the game against Tulsa ... posted a second 100-yard receiving game (6-106) in contest at Houston ... caught five passes for 60 yards, including a 35-yarder for a touchdown ... returned three kickoffs for 53 yards in season opener against Troy.

2011: Saw his first collegiate action ... played in all 12 games, seeing significant action at wide receiver and also as kick return specialist for the Blazers ... was on receiving end of 17 passes for 358 yards with a team-leading four touchdown receptions ... also led team in average yards per catch (21.1) ... posted a pair of two-touchdown games (Tulsa and Memphis) ... had two receptions (66 and 44 yards) in contest at Tulsa, the 66-yarder coming on a pass from QB Bryan Ellis ... caught season-high six passes for 133 yards in victory at Memphis ... had a 47-yard reception at Memphis ... also caught a pair of passes vs. East Carolina and Southern Miss ... finished with 10 rushes for 23 yards with a 3-yard rushing touchdown vs. Florida Atlantic in season finale ...also had team-high 24 kickoff returns for 422 yards (17.6 avg.) ... had long kick return of 37 yards vs. Memphis.

2010: Did not appear in a game for the Blazers and was redshirted.

High School: Attended Midfield High School ... led his team to the state Class 4A semifinals after finishing 11-2 during the regular season in 2009 ... recorded 55 catches, 1,049 yards, 214 yards rushing, five interceptions and 19 touchdowns ... was named The Birmingham News Metro-West Player of the Year ... listed as No. 27 state prospect on Birmingham News Super Seniors list ... selected to The Birmingham News All-Metro West Offensive Team ... named to the ASWA First Team All-State ... coached by The Birmingham News All-Metro West Coach of the Year Ruben Nelson ... two-time Class 4A state champion in the 100 meters ... also captured 200-meter title ... in addition, he was a highly-regarded basketball player for Midfield, earning team MVP and all-region honors ... two-year letterwinner in track and field and basketball. Personal: Born April 24, 1992 at Midfield, Ala. ... son of Marsha Nelson ... nickname is J.J. ... major is communications management.