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Broderick Nelson
Broderick Nelson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Dania, Fla.

High School:
South Broward

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 171

Position:
CB

Birthdate:
08/06/1978

Experience:
2L


All-Big Ten candidate heads into his second season as one of Michigan State?s starting cornerbacks . . . AS A JUNIOR: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2001 by the coaches and media . . . shared the Tommy Love Award as the team?s most improved player with tailback Little John Flowers and defensive tackle Kyle Rasmussen . . . started 11 of 12 games at cornerback in 2001 and played a career-high 368.5 minutes . . . recorded a career-best 50 tackles (41 solos, 9 assists) . . . led the Spartans in interceptions (5), pass break-ups (20) and forced fumbles (5) . . . anchored an injury-riddled secondary that still managed to rank among the NCAA leaders in pass defense (No. 14 at 176.1 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (No. 19 with 105.5 rating) . . . finished fourth in the Big Ten in interceptions at 0.42 per game . . . had five solo hits and two pass break-ups vs. Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Football Classic . . . made a career-high seven stops (5-2) vs. Indiana . . . had five tackles (4-1), an interception and a school-record five pass break-ups vs. Wisconsin to earn Spartan Defensive Player of the Week honors . . . registered six solo hits vs. Minnesota . . . contributed six tackles (5-1), three pass break-ups and two interceptions vs. Iowa . . . intercepted Notre Dame?s Matt Lovecchio and returned it 25 yards to the Irish 7 with 1:44 left to ice the game . . . his first career interception came in the 2001 season opener vs. Central Michigan . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Saw action in 10 games in 2000 (DNP vs. Marshall) and played 52.5 minutes . . . credited with eight tackles (2 solos, 6 assists) . . . had three stops each vs. Purdue (0-3) and Michigan (2-1) . . . named Spartan Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Michigan (10 production points) . . . selected defensive MVP for the White team in the 2000 spring game, with three solo tackles, two pass break-ups and a defensive conversion . . . 1999 SEASON: Redshirted . . . did not see game action in 1999 . . . made the transition from wide receiver to the defensive secondary during spring drills . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in three games (vs. Central Michigan, Northwestern and Illinois) as a true freshman in 1998 and played 18.5 minutes . . . played 7.5 minutes vs. Illinois and 8.0 minutes vs. Central Michigan in his longest stints of the season . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Tom Lemming?s Prep Football Report and PrepStar All-American . . .named to Prep Football Report?s and PrepStar?s All-Southeast Teams plus SuperPrep?s All-Dixie Team . . . ranked among the nation?s top 100 players by Athlon, G & W Recruiting Report, PrepStar and The National Recruiting Advisor . . . two-time first-team all-state (Class 5A) selection . . . earned MVP honors in the Dade vs. Broward County All-Star Game . . . Broward County Offensive Player of the Year had 42 catches for 648 yards and 13 touchdowns . . . also had 34 solo tackles and six interceptions . . . played for Coach Matt Lococo at South Broward High School in Hollywood, Fla. . . . runs 4.5 in the 40 . . . born Aug. 6, 1978 . . . majoring in communication.


Nelson?s Career Statistics
                G/GS	UT	AT	TM	INT-Yds.	PBU		
1998		3/0	0	0	0	0-0		0	
2000		10/0	2	6	8	0-0		0
2001		12/11	41	9	50	5-40		20
Career		25/11	43	15	58	5-40		20

Nelson?s Career Highs Tackles: 7, vs. Indiana (2001) Interceptions: 2, vs. Iowa (2001) Pass Break-Ups: 5, vs. Wisconsin (2001)

Nelson?s Game-By-Game Statistics 2001 Defense UT AT TM INT PBU Central Michigan 2 1 3 1-16 1 Notre Dame 1 0 1 1-25 1 Northwestern 3 0 3 0-0 0 Iowa 5 1 6 2-(-1) 3 Minnesota 6 0 6 0-0 1 Wisconsin 4 1 5 1-0 5 Michigan 3 1 4 0-0 3 Indiana 5 2 7 0-0 0 Purdue 2 2 4 0-0 2 Penn State 1 0 1 0-0 2 Missouri 4 1 5 0-0 0 Fresno State 5 0 5 0-0 2 Totals 41 9 50 5-40 20

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