GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Consensus Draft Services (CDS) named Guilford College rising senior Jordan Nelson to its 2010 NCAA Division III Preseason All-America Team Tuesday. Nelson, a 5-10, 170-pound cornerback and kick returner, made the second-team unit and was among 91 students recognized on the organization's Web site.
Nelson, a 2009 honorable mention All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection, is coming off a record-setting season. He gained the Quakers' starting lineup in week four of the 2009 campaign and ended up tying the school record with eight interceptions. He tied for fifth nationally and second in the conference with 0.8 thefts per game. Nelson also contributed 43 tackles (35 solo), which ranked fifth on the team, and broke up four passes. He twice won ODAC Defensive Player of the Week honors in 2009. First, after a three-pick performance in the Quakers' triumph over Southern Virginia University and again following a school-record setting four-interception game at Catholic University. The Quakers' top kickoff returner, Nelson led the ODAC in kickoff returns (28) and yardage (542) and ranked seventh with a 19.4 yards per return average. His 28 kickoff returns missed his school record for returns in a season by one and his 542 yards stand fifth all-time at Guilford. In 23 career games, Nelson has 63 returns for 1,364 yards and one touchdown, plus 49 total tackles.
Guilford concluded the 2009 season with a 4-6 overall record, 2-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Quakers lost four seniors from the 2009 team and expect as many as 58 letter winners back in 2010. Guilford opens the season Sept. 4 with the 14th annual Gate City Soup Bowl versus Greensboro College at 7:00 p.m. in the Quakers' Armfield Athletic Center.