It's Good to be David Nelson

Claiming a second career national championship is sweet. Doing it against the team you've disliked since childhood is sweeter. And catching the touchdown that sealed the win? It's hard to see how things could be much better for David Nelson right now.

Nelson hauled in Tim Tebow's 4-yard jump pass for the touchdown that put Oklahoma away, the sensational capper to a second half of the season that's seen him become another weapon in Florida's arsenal.

"It is a storybook ending to this season, said David Nelson. "It's unbelievable."

Nelson had two catches for 33 yards in the game, both coming on the drive which put Florida up by the final tally of 24-14. On 2nd-and-11 from the Oklahoma 49, Tebow found Nelson deep down the middle of the field for 29 yards. Those kind of clutch plays have become a trend for Nelson of late. His 10 catches in the past four games are one less than he had for his three and a half year career prior to that, and he had touchdowns in both the SEC and BCS title games.

Nelson grew up a Texas fan, so contempt for the Sooners comes naturally for him. It only added to his enjoyment of Florida's win that it came against the hated crimson and cream.

"Doing it against Oklahoma, a team I grew up disliking my whole life, on a stage like this with the team we have... I couldn't have asked for it any other way."

While some players are likely to leave for the NFL instead of lingering for their senior year, most of the Gators' key contributors are expected to be back for the 2009 season. They'll have a target on their back as the defending champs and will likely be a top three team in the preseason rankings. Nelson believes they can bring home another crystal football.

"The way coach Meyer coaches and the way he gets everything out of his players, I think so."

If Nelson can keep playing the way he has for the last four games, he'll have the chance to be a big part of making that happen.

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