On Nelson: Solid all-around receiver who does a good job of limiting opposing runners ... Possesses a strong and accurate arm behind the plate ... Steady hitter with a power bat who will be relied on in the Villanova lineup this season.
Career: Played in 93 games with 67 starts and is a .248 hitter (51-206) with a .326 on-base percentage and a .325 slugging percentage ... Scored 32 runs and has 26 driven in with 13 doubles and a home run ... Walked 22 times and struck out 61 times ... Has been hit by a pitch twice, has 11 sacrifice bunts and is 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts ... Has hit into only one double play in 241 career plate appearances ... Has 419 putouts, 59 assists and one error for a .998 fielding percentage ... Has thrown out 29 percent (32-of-111) of would-be base stealers.
BIG EAST Regular Season: Has seen action in 40 conference games with 33 starts and is a .211 hitter (20-for-95) with a .242 on-base percentage and a .274 slugging percentage ... Has six runs scored and six doubles with five RBI, four walks and 29 strikeouts ... Is 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts and has six sacrifice bunts ... Behind the plate has 182 putouts, 20 assists and zero errors.
2011: Took over as the team's everyday catcher and batted .260 (27-104) in 42 games, including 37 starts ... Scored 14 runs and drove in six while collecting three doubles ... Walked seven times, was hit by a pitch once and struck out 27 times ... Posted a .313 on-base percentage and a .288 slugging percentage ... Stole two bases in two tries ... Laid down eight sacrifice bunts ... Collected six multi-hit games and had a six-game hitting streak during the year ... Tallied three multi-hit games and hit .474 (9-19) during the hit streak ... Went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in a 5-2 win over Lafayette ... Behind the plate had 237 putouts, 27 assist and only one error (.996 fielding percentage) ... Threw out 15 runners attempting to steal; BIG EAST: Played in 24 games with 22 starts and batted .250 (15-60) with a .286 on-base percentage and a .283 slugging percentage ... Scored five runs and drove in three while hitting two doubles, walking three times and striking out 16 times ... Had four sacrifice bunts and two stolen bases ... Went 5-for-9 with two multi-hit games in a three-game series against West Virginia, during which he was 2-for-3 with two RBI in a 7-2 win in the middle game ... Recorded 120 putouts, 12 assists and no errors in BIG EAST play and threw out six runners attempting to steal ... Had a career-high 14 putouts at Cincinnati.
2010: Started 23 of the 29 games he played in and batted .200 (14-70) with 12 runs scored and 14 RBI ... Hit eight doubles, drew 12 walks and struck out 24 times ... Finished the year with a .317 on-base percentage and a .314 slugging percentage ... Laid down three sacrifice bunts ... Demonstrated excellent defensive skills behind the plate, handling 137 chances (117 putouts, 20 assists) without committing an error ... Ranked among the national leaders by throwing out 11 of 21 (52%) would-be base stealers; BIG EAST: Played in 10 BIG EAST games with nine starts ... Batted .154 (4-26) with one run scored, three doubles, one walk and 12 strikeouts ... Laid down two sacrifice bunts ... Recorded 47 putouts and six assists with no errors behind the plate.
2009: Batted .313 (10-32) while seeing time in 22 games and making seven starts ... Posted a .389 on-base percentage and a .469 slugging percentage with two doubles and a home run ... Scored six runs and had six RBI ... Drew three walks and struck out 10 times ... Was hit by a pitch once ... Went 4-for-4 with five runs scored and his first career home run in a win over Coppin State ... Played perfect defense behind the plate with 64 putouts, 13 assists and no errors ... Threw out six of the 15 runners that tried to steal against him (40%); BIG EAST: Played in six conference games with two starts and was 1-for-9 (.111) with a double, two RBI and a strikeout ... Tallied 15 putouts and two assists behind the plate.
Villanova Football Team: Walked on to the team prior to his junior year and serves as the team's long snapper ... Has played in 23 games over the past two seasons ... Registered four tackles on special teams and has half a tackle for loss.
St. Joseph Christian School: Earned four varsity letters in basketball, football and track & field ... His high school did not have a baseball team ... Was an all-state wide receiver and defensive end in junior and senior seasons ... As a senior was all-region in basketball and all-state in the 110 meter hurdles in track.
Personal: Born 9/18/89 in St. Joseph, Mo. ... Older of two sons of Scott and Pam Nelson ... Has a younger brother, Matt (18) ... Chose to attend Villanova for its Chemical Engineering program, the baseball team and the school's community atmosphere ... Majoring in Chemical Engineering and has been a BIG EAST Academic All-Star.