The No. 6 highlight in our countodwn for 2013-14 is Taylor Nelson and his MVP season for the Storm football team.
Nelson pieced together one of the most memorable seasons – and careers – Simpson fans have ever witnessed. Listed at 5-feet, 11-inches tall, the dual-threat quarterback was dangerous as a pocket passer and feared as a play-maker outside of the pocket. He led the IIAC with 319.4 yards of offense per game in 2013, accounting for a school-record 34 touchdowns (10 rushing).
He also had a flair for the dramatic. The game was never in doubt when Nelson had the ball, as he led Simpson to five wins when tied or trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime.
Nelson completed a school-record 65.5 percent of his passes during the season, throwing for 2,608 yards and 24 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. He led the team with 586 yards rushing and was asked to run or throw the ball in nearly 67 percent of Simpson's 775 offensive plays. He surpassed 300 yards passing four times, earned IIAC Offensive Player of the Week four times and accounted for six total touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, throwing for three and running for three in wins over Coe and Dubuque.
Nelson started all 40 games of his career, leading Simpson to a five-game turnaround after a tough 2-8 campaign during his first season in 2010. Nelson holds nearly every career passing record at Simpson, leaving as the leader in yards (9,556), completions (851), attempts (1,373), touchdowns (77), and completion percentage (62.0). He also holds career records for total offense (10,771), touchdowns responsible for (100) and total offense per game (269.3).
A second team all-conference pick in 2011 and 2012, Nelson became just the sixth Simpson player to earn conference MVP honors.