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2015 Gameday Moneymaker
#12 De'Marieya Nelson
Position: Tight End
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 235
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
High School: Chavez Senior
Experience: 1 Letter

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  • Excellent athlete with experience at multiple positions between his high school and junior college careers.
  • Named a preseason candidate for the Mackey Award (nation’s most outstanding tight end) Watch List. 

  • A perfect fit for the three-back role in ASU's offense

Senior (2014):

  • A guy whom coach Graham referred to frequently as one of the most athletic on the team

  • Split time on both sides of the ball in the early parts of the season

  • Earned his first career sack against Weber State (8/28)
  • Was instrumental in the running game as an excellent blocker on the edge of the line

  • Finished the year with 13 receptions for 125 yards and a score. 

  • Became the first Sun Devil tight end to log a reception this season against Colorado (9/13) 
  • Had a career high three receptions for 39 yards against Stanford (10/18)

Redshirt Junior (2013):

  • Saw action in all 14 games on the season at both tight end and running back, was a special teams star and also saw time at rush end in a couple games, logging his first career defensive tackles.

  • Earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (Special Teams) recognition 

  • Assisted in the rushing game, recording 15 attempts for 53 yards and two touchdowns.

  • First two rushing touchdowns of his career came against Arizona.

  • Had seven receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns recording his first career receiving touchdown against Sacramento State on his only reception of the game.

  • Played on special teams and defense recording 16 tackles and two forced fumbles.

  • Had a career high three tackles against Washington State and recorded his first forced fumble against Utah. 

San Joaquin Delta College:

  • Rated by ESPN as the No. 78 overall junior college prospect in the country and the nation's No. 7 junior college tight end recruit.

  • Caught 26 passes for 218 yards with two touchdowns in nine games in 2012.

  • Was named First-Team All-Valley Conference as a sophomore.

  • Earned All-State honors in 2011, leading Delta to a victory in the Silicon Valley Bowl.

  • Coached by Gary Barlow at San Joaquin Delta College.

  • Verbally committed to ASU on Jan. 20, 2013. 

High School:

  • Attended Chavez Senior High School.

  • Was regarded as the No. 19 overall prospect in central California by as a senior in 2009 and ranked by as the No. 158 running back prospect in the nation as high school senior.

  • Carried 106 times for 824 yards with six touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 294 yards with three scores as a senior in 2008 and added 16 tackles and two pass deflections.

  • Played running back and free safety.

  • Also played basketball in high school.

  • Rushed 88 times for 602 yards with seven touchdowns and added 24 tackles with 3.5 sacks as a sophomore in 2006 at Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln High, playing fullback and linebacker.

  • Chose ASU over reported scholarship offers from Fresno State, Memphis, Nevada, San Diego State, Texas Tech, Utah State and Western Michigan.

  • Coached by Eric Duncon at Chavez Senior HS.
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