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Leadership Council consists of 25 players and will be a voice for the team
Thirteen Lions earn Dean's List recognition by earning a 3.5 GPA or higher this past semester
The Nittany Lions opened the home portion of their 2014 schedule against the Akron Zips at Beaver Stadium Sept. 6, 2014.
➤ 2014 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Awards: Named second-team Freshman All-America by Athlon Sports and Scout.com, and honorable-mention Freshman All-America by College Football News...Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection by BTN.com, ESPN.com and 247sports.com...Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time. Season: Started all 13 games during his first season on the field, including 11 starts at right tackle and two starts at left tackle...Instrumental in protecting quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the passing game and blocking for the trio of successful running backs: Bill Belton, Akeel Lynch and Zach Zwinak...Helped Hackenberg amass 2,977 yards and 12 touchdowns, including six 200-yard passing games. UCF (8/30): Made his first career start in his first career game in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Helped the Nittany Lions gain 511 yards of total offense, including a school-record 454 yards passing by Hackenberg. Akron (9/6): Helped the Nittany Lions total 425 yards of total offense, including 319 yards passing by Hackenberg, who broke the school record with 773 yards passing in consecutive games. At Rutgers (9/13): Protected Hackenberg, which allowed him to throw for 309 yards in the 13-10 come-from-behind win. Northwestern (9/27): Part of the O-Line unit that helped Hackenberg log his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season as he threw for 216 yards. At Michigan (10/11): Started at right tackle at Michigan. Ohio State (10/25): Blocked for Hackenberg, who completed 31 passes for 224 yards, helping the Nittany Lions take the No. 13 Buckeyes to double-overtime. Maryland (11/1): Made the start at left tackle...Paced the Nittany Lions to five scoring drives. At Indiana (11/8): Made the start at left tackle...Opened holes for Belton's 137-yard rushing effort, including a 92-yard touchdown run, the longest rushing touchdown in school history by one player. Temple (11/15): Returned to his right tackle spot...Helped Penn State rush for a season-high 254 yards, including 130 yards from Lynch and 92 yards from Belton. At Illinois (11/22): Led the way for Lynch, helping him gain a career-best 137 rushing yards, including a rushing score. Michigan State (11/29): Started at right tackle. Boston College (12/27): Helped Penn State's offense gain 453 total yards in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, including a school bowl record 371 yards through the air...Instrumental in helping Hackenberg break or tie nine Penn State bowl records with his 34-of-50, 371-yard, four-touchdown and zero-interception performance.
➤ 2013 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
A three-year letterman at Hershey High School, playing for head coach Mark Painter...A third-team all-state selection during his senior season...Was invited to play in the Big 33 Classic and the Chesapeake Bowl...Was a Top 30 prospect on the offensive line and was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN.com and earned a three-star ranking from Rivals.com and Scout.com...Lettered in track and field, wrestling and volleyball.
Full name is David Andrew Nelson...Son of Dave and Dawn Nelson...Has two sisters, Kate and Brooke...Five of his family members have attended Penn State, including his father and his sister, Brooke...Enjoys hunting and fishing...Plans on majoring in kinesiology to pursue a career as a physical therapist...Earned Dean's List honors with a 3.52 grade-point average during the 2013 fall semester...Born January 5, 1995 in Baltimore, Md.
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