2015 - Appeared in 11 of UVA's 12 games ... missed the William & Mary game ... saw most of his time on special teams ... tied Chris Peace for the team lead with six special teams tackles ... led UVA with five tackles on punt coverage. 2014 - Appeared in two of UVa's 12 games ... saw time against Richmond and Kent State. 2013 - Appeared in one of UVa's 12 games ... one of 12 true freshmen to appear for UVa ... made collegiate debut against VMI ... rushed 10 times for 44 yards against the Keydets ... January early enrollee and participated in spring football ... moved from linebacker to running back prior to August camp.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
A linebacker and running back at South Iredell High School for head coach Scott Miller ... was MVP of the North Carolina AA State title game after rushing 25 times for 159 yards and three scores ... scored the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds left in 30-27 win over Carrboro ... missed most of senior season with an injury ... upon return in opening round of playoffs rushed for a state single-game record of seven touchdowns on 13 carries for 191 yards and all in the first half ... did not play the second half ... played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... as a junior made 82 tackles, 12 of which went for a loss ... also had 1.0 sacks and two interceptions ... added 99 tackles, 24 of which went for a loss in 2010 ... also had 7.0 sacks and forced seven fumbles ... Catawba Valley Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore ... all-conference selection as both a sophomore and junior ... listed as a four-star linebacker by ESPN.com ... listed as three-star player by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... national position ranked by Rivals.com at No. 36, ESPN.com at No. 40 and Scout.com at No. 45 ... son of Janice Smith ... has three sisters, Shakayla, Tatiana and Kendrea Mayfield ... has one brother, Preston Ellis ... brother Preston ran track at Livingstone ... nickname is Ray Ray.
Nelson Making Name for Himself in SecondaryFootball8/16/17Redshirt freshman Brenton Nelson, who was put on scholarship this month, is competing for a starting job in Virginia's nickel defense.DeSorbo Hits Ground Running at UVASwimming & Diving8/16/17After six seasons as NC State's associate head coach, Todd DeSorbo now oversees men's and women's swimming & diving at Virginia.Training Camp NotebookFootball8/11/17Training camp continues for UVA, whose second season under head coach Bronco Mendenhall starts Sept. 2 against William & Mary at Scott Stadium.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Jeff White: Nelson Making Name for Himself in Secondary
Football | 8/16/2017
Redshirt freshman Brenton Nelson, who was put on scholarship this month, is competing for a...
Virginia Athletics Announces Countdown to Kickoff Promotion
Football | 8/4/2017
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Saturday Athletics Events Cancelled
Football | 8/12/2017
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Jeff White: Training Camp Notebook
Football | 8/11/2017
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Jeff White: Spaziani Sees His Efforts Rewarded
Football | 8/8/2017
One of the Cavaliers' long-snappers, redshirt junior Joe Spaziani was awarded a scholarship on...
Jeff White: New-Look Defensive Line Taking Shape
Football | 8/1/2017
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Virginia Hosts Two Free Preseason Events Saturday
Football | 08/08/2017
Men’s soccer hosts Wright State at 1 p.m. followed by Football Meet the Team and Movie...
Meet the Teams & Movie Night on Aug. 12 at Scott Stadium
Football | 07/31/2017
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