HARRY LENTZ for GTR Newspapers
University of Tulsa freshman safety Marco Nelson (Glenpool, Okla.) was selected to the Football Writers Association of America () Freshman All-America Team, it was announced recently at the association’s annual awards breakfast.
Nelson started 12 games at safety for the Golden Hurricane this season. He earned Conference All-Freshman Team accolades and was also a first-team all-conference selection, both voted on by the league’s coaches.
Nelson (6’0”, 192) has totaled the third-most tackles on the team with 86 stops and added six pass breakups and six interceptions. His six interceptions tied for 10th place nationally and ranked second in Conference behind teammate Dexter McCoil. He also ranks 43rd in statistics for passes defended with 12.
He was selected as the Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week for his three-interception performance in a 28-25 victory at Houston on Nov. 12th. Nelson’s three interceptions tied a single-game school record. Nelson had a season-high 10 tackles at Oklahoma State and turned in the school’s fourth-longest interception return with an 81-yard touchdown in that game.
Damaris Johnson was the last Tulsa player to earn Freshman All-America merits as a true freshman return specialist in 2008.