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Tommy “T.J.” Nelson
What Scouts Say: "Played a big role for them in a team that was very good ... Very good player ... Has the tools to do everything. Plays in defensive midfield for them ... As season went on he played a big role in their success .. The guy who pulled the strings for SMU ... Not biggest of guys, but quick with the ball, very technical .... They play through him ... Can he handle the physical aspect of pro soccer? Hard to say ... Has skills, quick feet and composure ... Has played as outside back and he's a very good attacking outside back because he's so technical and so calm on the ball ... Since he's not a giant, people will question whether you can you put him at d-mid. Not that classic big, strong, powerful d-mid ... He's versatile: outside back, defensive midfield ... you can probably play him wide in midfield ... Definitely right-footed but can use both feet ... Very technical, very quick and can hold the ball under pressure and also tough in the tackle ... Player that can go both ways ... Maybe an outside back in MLS, but can play in a number of different spots ... Skilful and tidy and makes good decisions under pressure ... Wherever you throw him he won't be in awe ... Played d-mid for SMU because he covers ground ... Athletic enough to get around the field ... Likes the defensive side of the ball ... Good in tight spaces and can connect the dots ... Clean passer of the ball ... He can jump, get around and he's really quick ... Does a good job on the short turn ... Reads the game well ... The engine that made SMU go ... Size will be the question ... Picked and chose his time to go forward from d-mid position ... Very smart. Quiet and sits in."
Southern Methodist University
2012 (Sr.): Played in 19 games, starting 18... Averaged over 88 minutes per game; played 1674 of a possible 1920 minutes on the season.
2012 TEAM CAPTAIN
2011 (Jr.): Started all 21 games for the Mustangs... Averaged over 89 minutes per game; played 1874 minutes on the season... Played the duration of 16 games... Collected an assist on the game-winning goal 11/11 vs. South Carolina in the C-USA semifinals... Earned an assist 10/1 against No. 14 UCF.
2011 TEAM CAPTAIN
2010 (So.): Played in 19 games, starting 18... Saw time at forward, midfield and defense for the Mustangs... Netted the overtime game-winning goal 11/5 vs. FIU... Recorded an assist 9/19 against Bradley... Added a helper 9/4 against Lipscomb... Scored his first career goal, a double-overtime game winner, in the 103rd minute 9/1 vs. Missouri State.
2009 (Fr.): Played in 12 games, starting nine... Earned an assist 10/6 vs. Seattle... Played 90 minutes or more in six games.
Prior to SMU: Played for the U.S. U-17 National Team and plays defender for the Region III ODP... Ranked as the No. 45 recruit on TopDrawerSoccer.com... An All-District honoree... Played club for North Texas Strikers.
11/5/2010 at FIU (99')
9/1/2010 vs. Missouri State (103')
2012 Second-Team All-Conference USA
C-USA All-Tournament Team (Nov. 9-11, 2012)
SMU Classic All-Tournament Team (Sept. 14-16, 2012)
Hurricane Classic All-Tournament Team (Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2012)
2011 NSCAA Midwest Region Second Team
2011 Second-Team All-Conference USA
C-USA All-Tournament Team (Nov. 9-13, 2011)