JONESBORO (12/7/09) – Arkansas State true freshman Nick Nelms (Germantown, Tenn.) has been named the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) national linebacker of the week after posting a career-high seven tackles and a crucial interception in the Red Wolves' 24-20 victory over Western Kentucky.
Nelms, starting the first game of his career at ASU, intercepted WKU's Kawaun Jakes and returned it 43 yards to the Hilltoppers' six-yard line with 5:34 left in the four quarter. His interception return set up a touchdown that pulled ASU within 20-17 of WKU and pushed the momentum in the Red Wolves' favor.
Nelms' seven tackles, which included one tackle for loss, were the third most on the team. Nelms, who had not posted more than one tackle in a game this season, came up big for the Red Wolves while seeing his most playing time of the season.
The College Football Performance Awards performers of the week are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Nelms received the weekly linebacker honor along with Donald Butler of Washington.