Taylor Nelson to play in Division II all-star game

Taylor Nelson to play in Division II all-star game

INDIANOLA, Iowa – No, there isn't a typo in the headline.

Quarterback Taylor Nelson of NCAA Division III Simpson College has been selected to play for the Division II team in the D2 vs. NAIA Challenge in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Saturday, Dec. 21.

Nelson, the 2013 Iowa Intercollegiate Conference (IIAC) Offensive Most Valuable Player, is one of just two Division III players selected to play in the game.

The all-star game is hosted by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL) and was first played in 2011. Fans can watch the online video stream for $4.95 at the CDFL link above.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. EST from Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

A senior from West Des Moines, Iowa (Valley HS), Nelson led the IIAC with 319.4 yards of offense per game in 2013, accounting for a school-record 34 touchdowns (10 rushing). 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 becomes the first football player to represent Simpson in an all-star game since 2011, when Colton Calvert, Ben Coy, Braden Everding, Ty Larsen and Brian Tjossem played in the Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) on Dec. 17. Three other players played in the Aztec Bowl, the forerunner of Tazon de Estrellas: running back Guy Leman in 1998, quarterback Mike Donnenwerth in 2003 and wide receiver Dusty Kain in 2005.