Ventura's James Nelson Shows his versatility

As a freshman last season, Ventura's James Nelson (6-6.5, 335) was one of the most important cogs on a talented offensive line. He continues to be a leader up front for the 6-1 Pirates and his versatility is a key reason they are averaging nearly 200 yards rushing per game. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented full-qualifier and he updated us on things...

Last week, Ventura got a solid 23-7 win over JUCO powerhouse College of the Canyons and a lot of that was due to Nelson's versatility.

"We had our left guard go down with an injury so our coaches just slid me over and we kept going," Nelson told JCFootball.com. "I've been starting at right tackle all season and last year I played on both sides of the ball. It's something that comes pretty easily for me, I just get my assignment and go."

This year the 18th-ranked Pirates are averaging over 300 yards per game, including nearly 200 yards per game on the ground.

"We are physical up front," Nelson said. "We take pride in paving the way for our backs and I personally feel like I'm improving every week and I don't even recognize myself when I've watched film of how I played early this season comparing it to how I'm playing right now."

Recruiting has pretty much been at a standstill for the full-qualifier, but he isn't daunted at this point.

"I'm just being patient with things," Nelson said. "My coaches are taking care of getting my tape out and I feel like I've done all I can. I just have to control what I can control and the rest will take care of itself."

Nelson can sign in December and because he is likely to receive a medical redshirt for last season he'll have four years to play threee wherever he ends up.

This weekend, Ventura takes on 7-1 Bakersfield on the road.

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