Jack Nelson is our #2 overall QB in Division II, based off of pro potential. He has all the physical attributes needed to have a shot at the next level. He is already Winona State’s all-time passing leader and has accumulated 8,977 yards thus far. He has a strong arm, and routinely navigates adverse weather in Minnesota. He has one more season to enshrine himself as one of Winona State’s all time greats.
Awards and Honors
2013 NSIC Offensive Newcomer of the Year
2015 NSIC Honorable Mentin
2015: Became the Winona State Warriors all-time leading passer after throwing for a school record 3,419 yards … threw 26 touchdowns and had eight 300-yard games … threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns against Sioux Falls … season high 361 yards passing against Upper Iowa … threw four touchdowns against Minnesota State … competed at least 20 passes in all but one game … season high 57 pass attempts against Upper Iowa, competed season high 33 … in five October games he threw for 15 touchdowns and 1,571 yards … 11th in the NCAA in passing yards … eighth in NCAA in passing yards per game … 11th in the NCAA in completions per game … ranked 26th in the nation in passing touchdowns … ranked 17th in the nation in total offense.
2014: Put together another strong season as a sophomore, climbing into the Warrior record books … started all 11 games at quarterback and threw for 2,843 yards, the fourth-most in program history … completed the third-most passes in a season with 207 while attempting the most passes in program history with 398 … also completed the third-most touchdowns in a single season with 27 … put together some of the best single games in program history, completing the second-most touchdowns with five, the sixth-most yards with 398, and the 11th-most completions with 25 against Northern State … topped his yardage mark twice later on in the season, throwing the second-most completions in a single game with 30 for 422 yards, the fourth-best mark in program history against the University of Mary … against Southwest Minnesota State, completed 23-of-40 passes for 410 yards, the fifth-most in program history, completing four touchdown passes, tying the 10th-most in a single game in program history … as a sophomore, already setting numerous marks in the Warrior record book, currently third in school history with 380 completions, third in pass attempts with 700, fourth in passing yards with 2,843, and seventh in touchdown passes with 52.
2013: Had one of the top seasons for a Warrior passer in school history … NSIC Offensive Newcomer of the Year … started 10 games after being pressed into action due to an injury to senior John Teigland … 2,715 passing yards are the fourth most for a QB in school history … tied for third on school’s single-season charts with 25 touchdown passes … threw for 425 yards against Southwest Minnesota State, the second-most in a game in program history … completed school record 40 passes against SMSU … threw for over 300 yards four times … passed for 322 yards and four touchdowns in second career start against MSU Moorhead … tossed three touchdowns and threw for 333 yards against Upper Iowa … was 21-of-28 for 347 yards and five scores vs. Wayne State … connected on 84-yard touchdown to Tony Mueller against Minot State … added five rushing touchdowns.
Q&A with Jack Nelson
1)Tell us a little about yourself (Name, School, Position, Height, Weight)
Jack Nelson (Winona State QB)
Ht: 6’4 Wt: 230
2) Is there a story behind your jersey number? If so, elaborate.
There is no real story behind my number. It was the only one available when I got here, so I stuck with it.
3) What about your play style translates most to the NFL?
We run a pro style offense, where I take most of my snaps under. That probably translates the best.
4) Who do you look up to the most, or style your game after?
I’ve always tried to model my game after Tom Brady and Big Ben (Ben Roethlisberger), both have a great understanding of the game and toughness as a Quarterback.
5) Why did you choose Winona State to continue your football career?
I wasn’t highly recruited out of high school and it was my only official visit. It felt like an instant match. Plus, I had two high school coaches that played there.
6) What do you consider the most underrated aspect of your game?
I feel like my athletic ability is underrated. I may not have break away speed, but if a play breaks down I can make plays with my feet.
7) What are some goals and aspirations for this season or further down the road?
I want to make a career out of Football. Whether that means getting a chance at the next level, or immediately getting into coaching as my playing days end. I’ve always loved Football, and want to make it a career.