Successful season for Nelson


by Olu Rotibi

After an amazing October, junior quarterback Taylor Nelson has been selected as The Simpsonian athlete of the month.

With excellent play all season long, quarterback Taylor Nelson has been the catalyst of a Simpson storm offense that ranks as one of the top offenses in the IIAC. Also he has propelled the Storm with a clutch performance against Central college, a three touchdown performance against Loras college and throwing over 300 yards against Dubuque college. Although Nelson has been efficient through the air, he credits his running game for putting pressure on opposing defenses.

“Being able to make plays with my feet puts more pressure on the opposing defense knowing they have to not only guard our receivers.” said Nelson. “They also keep an eye on me in case I decide to tuck and run it.”

Nelson never started his high school football career as a quarterback. In fact, Nelson was accustomed to the running back position during his freshman and sophomore high school football days at West Des Moines Valley High school. He credits his high school football coach Gary Swenson for his growth and development as a quarterback.

“Going into my junior year of high school, he asked me if I wanted to play quarterback.” said Nelson. “That summer he worked hard with me and had confidence in me that season and for the season I helped lead my team to a state championship that year.”

Reaching great success and garnering many accolades, Nelson continues to have an amazing career at Simpson but knows that his receiving core have been excellent with the different dynamics they bring to the offense.

“All of the guys bring in different attributes to our passing attack. We have height, speed and elusiveness which helps us be successful and unique.” said Nelson.

Although he’s only a junior, Taylor Nelson has established a great career as a Storm through the air and on the ground.