Jordy Nelson

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Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson
CollegeKansas State University
Jersey No.27
Career2004 – present
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight213 lb (96.62 kg)
B-dateMay 31, 1985
B-placeManhattan, KS
High SchoolRiley County High School
Career Highlights
  • 2007 All Big 12 First Team (Coaches) - WR
  • 2007 All Big 12 Honorable Mention (Coaches) - PR/KR
  • 2006 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
  • 2005 Anthony A. Bates Memorial Award
  • 2005 KSU Most Improved Offensive Player
  • 2005 Honorabe Mention All-Big 12 (SBC/Coaches; AP)
  • none
Bowl Games
  • 2006 Texas Bowl

Jordy Nelson (Born May 31, 1985, in Manhattan, Kansas) plays wide receiver for the Kansas State University Wildcats in the NCAA college football tournament. Nelson currently holds 11 K-State receiving records including his 122 receptions and 1,606 receiving yards and holds the Big 12 record for catches and yards in a season by a senior wide receiver. The Biletnikoff Award finalist has recorded eight 100-yard receiving games and two 200-yard performances in his senior season and has caught 10 or more passes in six games, all of which are school records. He also set single-game school records of 15 receptions (in two games this season) and 214 receiving yards (against Iowa State), and matched a KSU school record with three receiving scores (against Oklahoma State). He completed his football career at K-State with 206 receptions for 2,822 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons at wide receiver to establish himself on three of the school's career top-10 receiving lists. He is currently second all-time at Kansas State in catches and receiving yards, third in career receiving touchdowns, and by the end of his senior season, became the 8th Wildcat in school history to be named an AFCA All-American and the first since Terence Newman's selection in 2002.


Personal Life

Jordy is the second of three children to Alan and Kim Nelson. His older brother, Mike is a standout baseball player and a premier 3-point shooter in basketball while his sister Kelsey is a potential All-State volleyball and basketball player. Aside from football, Jordy was also an outstanding track athlete, winning a national AAU age-group championship in the 400 meters as a kid. In summer of 2007, Jordy married Emily Rothlisberger, his schoolmate since kindergarten who became a standout in high school basketball at Harold Oliver's Riley County girls then in college at Bethel. When he's not on the field, Jordy hangs out with his friends, watch TV, or play sports. The secondary education major intends to get back into coaching or teaching after his football career is over.

High School

Nelson attended Riley County High School, where he played for four years and lettered three in football. He was a three-sport athlete, playing basketball and track as well. As a track athlete, Nelson won 3A track titles in the 100, 200, 400 and long jump at the 2003 state meet and set division records in the 100 meters (10.63) and 200 meters (21.64). As a basketball player, Nelson was named first team all-state for all divisions by the Topeka-Capital Journal and was named Manhattan Mercury’s Flint Hills Player of the Year after averaging 17.2 points on 58-percent shooting as a senior and setting school career records for blocks (161), steals (225) and assists (325).

In the football field, Nelson was used mainly as a quarterback and a defensive back, where he was named second team all-state selection for all divisions at both positions. As a junior, the two-time All-Mid-East League first teamer recorded 1,045 passing yards and rushed for 730 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Manhattan Mercury Flint Hills Player of the Year and Topeka Capital-Journal first team 3A All-State at quarterback completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,029 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 1,572 yards (averaged 9.8 yards per carry) and 25 touchdowns as a senior. Nelson also played in the 2003 Kansas Shrine Bowl.



Nelson was a walk-on who redshirted in his freshman year.


Nelson was a member of the secondary but did not play any game.


After spending his freshman year as a secondary, Nelson was moved to wide receiver and got playing time in the spring practice, catching three passes in the spring game and was listed behind Davin Dennis on the pre-fall depth chart. He however ended up getting the nod to start at the wide receiver position during the season, making his collegiate career debut against Florida International where he caught 4 passes for 36 yards and a 7-yard touchdown to help the Wildcats register win number 1. Nelson went on to catch a touchdown in each of KSU's first seven games, becoming the first Wildcat in school history to do so. He had season highs of 107 receiving yards (on 3 catches) against Oklahoma, a season-long 80-yard touchdown reception against Texas Tech, and a season-best 7 catches against Missouri. He wound up finishing the season as KSU's leader in receptions (45), receiving yards (669), receiving touchdowns (8), and scoring (54 points on 9 TDs).His receptions was second most ever by a Wildcat sophomore, while his receiving touchdowns was 7th in the school's all-time single-season chart and third in the league. Nelson, who was also listed no.7 in the Big 12 in receiving yards per game (60.8) and no.11 in receptions per game (4.1), went on to earn All-Big 12 honors from the Kansas City Star and was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league coaches and the Associated Press. In addition, his marked improvement on the field garnered him K-State's most improved offensive player honors and was given the Anthony A. Bates Memorial Award for promoting team unity.


Despite an injury plagued junior season, Nelson managed to start 9 of K-State's 13 games and lead the Wildcats in both receptions and receiving yards for the second consecutive season. The KSU team captain began the season with a 4 catch, 62 yard efford against Illinois State before missing four of the next seven games because of injury. Nelson did not score a TD until three weeks before the regular season finale, catching a 74-yarder against Colorado for his lone scoring reception of the season. He ended the year tallying 39 catches for 547 yards, with a 14 yards per catch average. He went on to be named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.


Nelson returned for his final playing year as one of Big 12's top returning receivers. Hyped as one of the frontrunners for the Biletnikoff Award and All-Big 12 honors, Nelson began the season with 9 receptions for 90 yards in a loss to Auburn. He broke out with a career-best 15 catches against Missouri State, a career-high 3 touchdown receptions in a loss to Oklahoma State, and a career high 214 receiving yards against Iowa State which stood as a single-game school record. He finished the year with one of the finest seasons in KSU history with school records in receptions (122) and receiving yards (1,606) to go along with 11 TDs. His 10.2 catches per game average, 133.8 yards per game average and 1,606 total receiving yards all rank second nationally, while his 155.2 all-purpose yards per game average is 20th in the nation. He also set the Big 12 record for catches and yards in a season by a senior wide receiver. Nelson also earned several postseason accolades including being voted by the nation's head coaches and sports information directors as a First Team Walter Camp All-American, being named to the 2007 AFCA Coaches’ All-America team, and being listed as first team All Big 12 by the league coaches.


Wyatt Thompson interviews Kansas State wide receiver Jordy Nelson.


  • 2007 Biletnikoff Award finalist
  • 2007 AFCA Coaches' All-America Team
  • 2007 Walter Camp First Team All-American
  • 2007 All Big 12 First Team (Coaches) - WR
  • 2007 All Big 12 Honorable Mention (Coaches) - PR/KR
  • 2006 Biletnikoff Award Watch List
  • 2005 Anthony A. Bates Memorial Award
  • 2005 KSU Most Improved Offensive Player
  • 2005 Honorabe Mention All-Big 12 (SBC/Coaches; AP)


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