Justis Nelson
Justis  Nelson


Mesquite, Texas

High School:
Dallas Christian

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 173

Defensive Back




Red Raider Club Scholar Athlete of the Month: Justis Nelson

The junior defensive back wins on and off the field as he continues to work towards a career in law enforcement.


Postgame Notes

Texas Tech at UTEP


Texas Tech Places 31 On All-Big 12 Academic Rookie Team

A total of 455 student-athletes across the conference earn academic honors.


Texas Tech Preseason Practice: Week 2

Red Raiders continue practice heading towards the season-opener against Sam Houston State at Jones AT&T Stadium.


Texas Tech Football vs. Oklahoma State

Texas Tech Football vs. Oklahoma State


Texas Tech Football Local Media Day

Texas Tech Football Local Media Day


Texas Tech vs. Baylor - USATSI Gallery

Texas Tech vs. Baylor - USATSI Gallery

Tackles: 8, vs. TCU (2015)
Tackles For Loss: 1.0, twice, vs. Kansas State (2015)*
Interceptions: 1, 2x, at Oklahoma (2015)*
Sacks: 1.0, at Kansas State (2014)
Fumbles Recovered: 1, twice, vs. Texas (2014)*
Pass Breakups: 5, at TCU (2014)
* Indicates most recent high

Saw action at cornerback in all 13 games this season while making seven starts ... earned starts against Sam Houston State, UTEP, TCU, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas and LSU ... ranked 10th on the team with 44 total tackles ... also one of seven Red Raiders with at least one interception in 2015 ... SEASON HIGHLIGHTS ... recorded three tackles in the season opener against Sam Houston State ... tallied what was a season-high four tackles in victory over Arkansas, before doubling that with a career-high eight against TCU ... followed up with three tackles against Baylor ... totaled three tackles against Iowa State and two against Kansas ... recorded second career interception and first of the season at Oklahoma ... picked off a Baker Mayfield pass and returned it 45 yards to set up a Texas Tech touchdown ... was his first interception since the 2013 Holiday Bowl against Arizona State ... came close to matching his career high with seven tackles against the Sooners ... registered a tackle and a pass breakup against Oklahoma State ... picked off a pass for the second time this season and third time in his career against West Virginia ... performance went along with two tackles against the Mountaineers ... had six tackles and a pass breakup in victory over Kansas State ... concluded the regular season with four tackles and a pass breakup in victory over Texas ... AWARDS & HONORS ... Academic All-Big 12 first team selection ... preseason candidate for the Wuerffel Trophy and AFCA Good Works Team.

All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention)... Academic All-Big 12 (1st Team)... started and played in 11 games with 44 tackles (35 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, 16 pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one sack... led the team in pass breakups... 16 pass breakups are the most by a Red Raider since 2002 (Joselio Hanson, 21)... NCAA RANKINGS: seventh in passes defended (16)... BIG 12 RANKINGS: second in passes defended (16)... second in passes defended/game (1.45)... SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: made seven tackles (four solo) with 0.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups against No. 5 Baylor (11/29) at AT&T Stadium... made one tackle and broke up a pass against No. 24 Oklahoma (11/15)... tallied two tackles (both solo) with a fumble recovery against Texas (11/1)... became the first Red Raider with at least five pass breakups in a game since 2002 (Joselio Hanson, 8 - vs. Oklahoma State) as he tallied five at No. 10 TCU... made three tackles and broke up five passes at No. 10 TCU (10/25)... tallied two tackles (both solo) and broke up two passes against Kansas (10/18)... had two tackles and broke up a pass against West Virginia (10/11)... collected six tackles (all solo) with first-career sack at No. 22 Kansas State (10/4)... made five tackles and matched a career-high three pass breakups at No. 24 Oklahoma State (9/25)... recorded four tackles (two solo) with a fumble recovery against Arkansas (9/13)... collected five tackles (two solo) and broke up a pass against UTEP (9/6)... made season debut in season opener with seven tackles (all solo) - second on the team - and broke up a pass and tallied a tackle for loss against Central Arkansas (8/30).

Played in five games (3 starts) with 11 tackles (9 solo), one interception and broke up four passes... made three tackles (two solo) and made first career interception helping the Red Raiders to a 37-23 upset over No. 14 Arizona State (12/30) in the National University Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego... collected a pair of tackles (one solo) and broke up a pass at Texas (11/28)... made two tackles (one solo) at Texas (11/28)... made first career start (cornerback) against No. 4 Baylor (11/16) making a season-high five tackles (all solo) and breaking up a season-high three passes at AT&T Stadium in Arlington... had redshirt removed during freshman season in the team's 10th game of the season making career debut with one tackle (solo) against No. 12 Oklahoma State (11/2).

Dallas Christian High School in Mesquite, Texas... hauled in 35 catches his senior season for 783 yards (23 yards per-catch) and nine touchdowns... three-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN and 24/7 Sports... First Team All-District on both offense and defense... Academic All-State selection... First Team All-State on both offense and defense... CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Air Force and Harvard... High School Coach: Mike Wheeler.

Justis Nelson... son of Sherryl Scott and Marshall Nelson... a sociology major at Texas Tech.


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