MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – Former UMass star tailback Tony Nelson has signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He will hit the field on Sunday, June 6 for the start of his CFL team’s training camp. A two-time All-CAA selection, Nelson finished his college career at UMass sixth on the career rushing list (2,787), fifth on career carries list (532) and sixth on career rushing touchdowns list (25).
As a senior at UMass in 2009, Nelson was a Walter Payton Award Candidate as top offensive FCS player. He was a CAA All-Conference Second Team selection after being a first-team All-CAA pick in 2008. He was a 2009 College Sporting News Preseason Third Team All-American and 2009 Preseason All-CAA by Coaches and Phil Steele.
Nelson had 12 career 100-yard games and six 150-yard games. As a senior, he had five 100-yard games during season. He finished third in CAA in rushing yards per game (82.3) with 741 yards on 150 carries in seven starts. He also made eight catches for 68 yards.
As a junior in 2008, he was also honored as a New England Football Writers All-Star. He was named CAA Offensive Player of the Week after season finale career game with 204 rushing yards vs. Hofstra. He finished third in CAA in rushing with 110.4 yards per game, to rank 17th in the nation and was third in the CAA in rushing touchdowns with 12. He became 10th different UMass rusher to gain 1,000 this season, giving UMass a 1,000-yard rusher for the seventh year in a row. His total of 1,325 ranked eighth-best single-season in UMass history and third-most by a junior.
He is a native of Germantown, Maryland, where he starred at Northwest High School.