Truckee High grad Mitch Nelson was named American Pacific Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for his Santa Barbara City College football team.
The 6-foot freshman safety, who was a key part of the Truckee football team’s consecutive state championships in 2009 and ‘10, had a season-high 13 tackles with two interceptions on Saturday, Oct. 22 against L.A. Valley.
His interceptions came on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter. He returned the second one 46 yards after making the pick at his own 10.
In the opening quarter, Nelson ran 3 yards on a fake punt for a first down.
Nelson ranks seventh in the state with 66 tackles. He also has three interceptions, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a safety.
The Santa Barbara Vaqueros played their final home game on Saturday. They finished 0-9 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
— Information was used from www.sbcc.edu/athletics.