Redshirt freshman Jordan Nelson heads into the 2013 season looking to add depth in a talented group of Nebraska skill players. Nelson spent last season working as a scout team I-back and worked at that spot in the spring. He will look to see action as a reserve this fall. The 5-7, 180-pound Nelson joined Nebraska as a walk-on from Omaha Burke High School.
Jordan Nelson redshirted his first season at Nebraska
Before Nebraska (Burke HS)
Nelson starred in his first full healthy season at Burke High School in 2011, when he helped the Bulldogs reach the Class A state championship game. Nelson set the school single-season rushing record with 1,791 yards and tacked on 13 touchdowns, earning him a spot on the Lincoln Journal Star Super State team. Nelson also caught 25 passes for 700 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging 28.0 yards per reception. In the spring, Nelson competed in track and field, placing in four events at the state track and field championships. Nelson is joined by two of his Burke teammates as walk-ons on the NU roster, and he was one of 13 freshmen to participate in the 2012 Nebraska Shrine Bowl. The All-Nebraska running back and honorary captain of the World-Herald all-metro team chose to walk on over scholarship offers from several Division II programs.
Jordan is the son of Ray and Tammy Nelson, and he was born on Dec. 13, 1993.