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Brenton Nelson

FS
Position
5'11''
Height
180 lbs.
Weight
Freshman
Class
Miami, Fla.
Hometown
DeMatha Catholic (Md.)
High School

Brenton Nelson Audio Pronunciation

HONORS
2017
– ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year  … VaSID Defensive Rookie of the Year … VaSID all-state second-team.

AT VIRGINIA
2020
– Started four of UVA’s 10 games … missed the final six games of the season with an injury … made two tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss and picked off two passes in season-opening win over Duke … made two tackles and 1.0 tackle for loss at No. 1 Clemson … made six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss against NC State … made two stops at Wake Forest. 2019 – Appeared in UVA’s first eight games with five starts before missing the remainder of the season with an injury … in the season opener at Pitt he finished the game with seven tackles … made one stop against William & Mary … made three tackles in the win over Florida State … made two tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss in the win over Old Dominion … broke up a pass at No. 10 Notre Dame … made three stops at Miami … made one tackle and intercepted a pass against Duke … returned his interception for 17 yards … made two tackles at Louisville. 2018 – Started 12 of UVA’s 13 games … in the season-opening win over Richmond he made four tackles and notched an interception, which he returned three yards against the Spiders … made three tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and broke up a pass against Ohio in Nashville … made five tackles in UVA’s ACC-opening win over Louisville … made three tackles at NC State … made three stops and broke up a pass against No. 16 Miami … made three tackles at Duke … made four tackles and broke up one pass against North Carolina … made three tackles against Pitt … made four tackles and broke up a key fourth down passing attempt against Liberty … made three stops and 1.0 tackle for loss at Georgia Tech … made two tackles and broke up two passes against Virginia Tech … made four tackles against South Carolina in the Belk Bowl. 2017 – Started all 13 of UVA’s games … made collegiate debut against William & Mary … recorded his first collegiate tackles against Indiana, finishing with six … made eight tackles and two pass breakups against UConn … also intercepted one pass in the end zone against the Huskies and returned it 18 yards … made five tackles, one for a loss of two yards, and intercepted a pass in road win at Boise State … also broke up one pass against the Broncos … made five tackles in home win over Duke … made four stops, broke up one pass and intercepted his third pass of the season at North Carolina … returned his pick eight 12 yards against the Tar Heels … made 11 tackles against Boston College … also recorded 0.5 tackles for loss against the Eagles … made six stops at Pitt … made three tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss and intercepted one pass against Georgia Tech … made four tackles at Louisville … made one stop at No. 2 Miami and broke up one pass … made five stops against Virginia Tech … made six tackles against Navy in the Military Bowl. 2016 – Did not appear in any games.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Played safety at DeMatha Catholic for head coach Elijah Brooks in 2015 … previously played cornerback at Winter Springs High School in Florida for head coach Rodney Brewington … earned All-Met honors in 2016 as DeMatha was WCAC and regional champions … led Florida in interceptions in 2013 while at Winter Springs with 10 … was a two-time all-conference selection … also earned all-state and All-American honors while at Winter Springs … also participated in track and field at both DeMatha and Winter Springs … broke the long jump (22.5) and triple jump (45.3) record at Winter Springs … also broke the long jump (23.05) and triple jump (47.5) at DeMatha … while at DeMatha was an All-American in track .. earned all-county, all-conference, all-region and all-state honors in track at Winter Springs … volunteer work includes Martha’s Table, a non-profit in Washington, D.C., that gives food to elementary schoolers and homeless … son of Tashunda Edwards … has four older brothers, Markell, Darwin, Antonio and Tavarous … working on a master’s degree in educational psychology.