WATERVILLE, Maine --- Colby College sophomore linebacker Henry Nelson (Redding, Conn.) was honored as the New England Small College Athletic Conference Football Defensive Player of the Week after making 17 tackles Saturday.
Nelson had eight solo stops and had 1.5 tackles for loss in Colby's thrilling 32-29 comeback win over Hamilton College at Harold Alfond Stadium. Nelson ranks fourth in the NESCAC in tackles per game (10.6) and has a team-best 53 stops in the Mules' five games. He also led the Mules in tackles a year ago with 59 and now has 113 stops (68 solo) in less than two seasons of play.
Nelson made some big stops during the course of the game. With Hamilton leading 26-13 late in the third quarter, Nelson had a solo stop to keep James Stanell out of the end zone at the 1-yard line. He then had two assisted tackles on Stanell in helping the Mules hold the Continentals off from scoring and making it a possible 33-13 lead. Hamilton settled for a 20-yard field goal, never scored again, and the Mules used that momentum to score three times in the fourth quarter to earn the win.
Nelson's play at middle linebacker has Colby ranked second in the NESCAC in rushing defense at 100.4 yards allowed per game. The Mules are holding the opponent to just 2.8 yards per carry.
Colby (1-4 overall) will play at rival Bates College this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the opener of the three Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) games.