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Arvell Nelson

Arvell Nelson
Free agent
Position: Jack linebacker / Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-09-27) September 27, 1988
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Cleveland (OH) Glenville
College: Texas Southern
Undrafted: 2011
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Second Team All-KJCCC (2008)
  • SWAC Newcomer of the Year (2009)
Career Arena football statistics
Comp. / Att.: 124 / 208
Passing yards: 1,333
TD-INT: 24-7
QB Rating: 93.29
Rushing TD: 13
Stats at

Arvell Nelson (born September 27, 1988) is an American football linebacker and quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Alabama Hammers as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at University of Iowa, before transferring to Fort Scott Community College and Texas Southern University.[1]

Early life

Nelson attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a quarterback for the Tarblooders football team.[2] Nelson's quarterback play landed him scholarship opportunities at Iowa, Michigan State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee and Wisconsin.[3]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Arvell Nelson
Cleveland, Ohio Glenville High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 171 lb (78 kg) 4.9 Jan 18, 2006 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN grade: 73
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 24 (QB)   Rivals: 22 (QB), 32 (OH)  ESPN: 80 (QB), 31 (OH), 81 (Midwest)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


College career


Nelson choose to commit to the University of Iowa,[4] here he redshirted during his freshman season. As a redshirt freshman in 2007, Nelson was given the opportunity to compete with Jake Christensen for the Hawkeyes starting quarterback spot, but Christensen won, and Nelson was named the team's backup quarterback. Nelson saw his first college playing time in the Hawkeyes second game of the season, a 35-0 victory over Syracuse. Nelson completed his only pass attempt for 12 yards.[5] Nelson would later be moved to wide receiver, losing the backup quarterback position to Ricky Stanzi. During the spring semester, Nelson was found with marijuana in his dorm room, and was dismissed from the Hawkeyes football team by head coach Kirk Ferentz.[6]

Fort Scott

In 2008, Nelson enrolled at Fort Scott Community College, where he joined the football team as a safety. Nelson also saw time playing quarterback, but his play at safety lead him to being named second team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.[7]

Texas Southern

Nelson choose to enroll at Texas Southern University in 2009, where he was named the starting quarterback for the Tigers.[8] Nelson was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year after finishing second in the conference in passing yards and passing touchdowns.[9] In 2010, Nelson returned as the starter for the Tigers, and lead them to a west division title. Nelson however missing the SWAC Championship Game due to an NCAA violation.[10] The Tigers ended up winning the SWAC Championship Game without Nelson,[11] The NCAA later revoked the teams championship due to a major sports violation.[12]

Professional career

Alabama Hammers

After going undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Nelson signed with the Alabama Hammers of the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL). Nelson was named the teams starting quarterback for the first eight games of the season, before being replaced by Tony Colston.[13]

Spokane Shock

Nelson was assigned to the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League (AFL) on November 8, 2012.[14] Nelson was brought in to compete for playing time at quarterback, with former Shocker starter Kyle Rowley departing for the Orlando Predators. Nelson made the team as a backup to Erik Meyer.[15] Nelson lined up at a multitude of positions for the Shock, making his debut as a quarterback, only to run the football. It wasn't until the Shock's Week 11 game against the San Jose SaberCats when Nelson attempted his first pass. Nelson finished the season with 5 touchdown passes on 16-of-20 attempts, while also getting 6 rushing touchdowns, and 4 receiving touchdowns.

The Shock picked up their rookie option on Nelson in September, 2013.[16]

Pittsburgh Power

On October 3, 2013, the Shock traded Nelson and Ben Ossai for Pittsburgh Power wide receiver Mike Washington.[17] The Power folded in November 2014.[18]

Spokane Shock

On January 5, 2015, Nelson was assigned to the Shock. After spending the first 12 weeks of the season on the refused to report list, Nelson was activated on June 16, 2015.


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External links

  • Arena Football League bio
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