Nelson Looking to Get Noticed This Year

The Saddleback Gauchos got off to a solid start to their 2006 season last weekend when they beat Allan Hancock College 38-13 on the road.

The man responsible for leading the Gaucho offense is QB Nick Nelson (6-2, 230) who started seven games in 2005 and has big plans for this season.

"We have a ton of talent on our team," Nelson told  "We expect to have a good season, but we're not looking ahead.  Our next game (against Bakersfield) is our most important one and if we focus and play hard, I think we'll do really well."

Nelson doesn't talk about himself a lot.  He speaks of the team and the goals they've set for themselves. 

"I prefer to let my play do the talking," Nelson said, but then added, "I'm pretty smart on the field.  I have a strong arm and a quick release.  One thing I've really been working on was my accuracy because last year I wasn't as good as I thought I should be."

In 2005, Nelson finished with over 1,300 yards passing, completed 61% of his passes and had 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.  He also ran for five touchdowns as well. 

"I really was disappointed with my completion percentage last year," Nelson noted.  "I think I should have been way better, but that just gave me something to focus on this summer and I think I did that."

Nelson hit on 16 of 26 passes against Allan Hancock, for 278 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

On the recruiting front, Nelson said he has gotten the typical mail that most recruits get during the evaluation period, but no schools have called and none have ever made any direct contact – yet.  He plans to change that with his play this fall.

"I was planning on greyshirting last year, but because our starter got hurt, they turned to me," Nelson said.  "I wasn't really recruited out of high school (he attended Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Ca.) so not a lot of scouts knew much about me and since there wasn't a lot of film of me last year, they haven't really seen me play.

"This year, my coaches said after the first few games that they would get my tape out and that schools would be looking at me pretty quickly."

His speed – he runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds – and his size make him a player that teams will eventually come out to see once they know what they are dealing with.

Nelson plans to major in business and will graduate in December with three years to play two at the next level.


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