UCLA - Nelson is returning to wide receiver, the position at which he practiced during the 1998 season, after spending last year in the secondary...He possesses good overall athletic ability and very good receiving skills...Enjoyed a fine Spring Practice and is expected to contribute this season.
1999 - Appeared in three games as a defensive back...Played a career-high 21 snaps in a starting role vs. Oregon State...Had eight total tackles on the season with one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery… His two stops vs. Oregon State were his season high...Saw action in 10 games overall while playing on special teams.
1998 - Did not appear in a game during his first year in the program and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL - Paul was considered the top senior at the receiver position on the West Coast...In his final season (1997) at San Bernardino, CA High School, Nelson made 58 catches for 908 yards and 14 scores for coach Dave Perkins...Member of PrepStar Dream Team (No. 4 WR)...PrepStar Western Region Super 30...PrepStar All-America (No. 1 WR in West)...National Recruiting Advisor All-America (No. 8 WR)...ESPN SportsZone No. 10 WR...SuperPrep All-America (No. 17 WR)...SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 19 prospect)...CBS SportsLine Top 100...Cornwell All-America...Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100...Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram’s Best in the West second team (six votes)...L.A. Times All-Inland Empire...Two-time All-San Bernardino County performer (San Bernardino Sun)...Twice first-team All-San Andreas League, on both offense and defense...Also threw three TD passes and ran for 205 yards...As a defensive back, he totaled 78 tackles and made 11 interceptions, including three in the CIF Southern Division District VII playoffs...Helped Cardinals (8-3) to share of league title...PrepStar pre-season Best in the West...PrepStar pre-season All-America...National Recruiting Advisor pre-season All-America (No. 5 WR in nation and No. 1 in West)...SuperPrep pre-season All-Far West...As a junior, Paul had 48 receptions for 897 yards and 11 TDs...On defense, he was credited with 57 tackles and five interceptions...For his career, he made 158 catches for 2,634 yards and 39 touchdowns...He was also a sprinter (10.7, 100 meters) on the track team coached by Jackie Robinson...Has best track marks of 21.07 (200m), 23-7 (long jump) and 6-4 (high jump)...Also lettered three seasons in basketball for coach Andre Smith and tennis for coach Kyler.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Paul Gregory Nelson...Born: July 7, 1980 in Pomona, CA...Parents: Gregory Nelson and Linda Poullard...Has three sisters - Ruby, Tasha, Delores (a three-sport athlete herself)...The first athletic event he ever attended was a 1985 UCLA-Oregon State football game...Hobbies include drawing, weight lifting and all sports...History major.
Varsity Statistics - P. Nelson
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