Former Northeast Tiger named to C-USA All-Academic Team

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Former Northeast Mississippi Community College long snapper Creighton Nelms of Kossuth continues to prove that Northeast Tigers are not just smart on the field.

Nelms was one of just 12 athletes selected for inclusion into the Conference-USA All-Academic football team when the league announced the selections on Friday, December 2.

Nelms, a Kossuth High School graduate who also handled kicking duties for the Aggies, helped to solidify the Northeast special teams during his time with the Tigers.

Nelms was Southern Mississippi’s only representative on the academic team that included players from East Carolina, Houston, Marshall, Rice, Southern Methodist University, Tulane, Tulsa, University of Central Florida and the University of Texas at El Paso.

While at the University of Southern Mississippi, Nelms has amassed a grade point average (GPA) of 3.42 as a mathematics major.

On the field, Nelms is the Golden Eagles go-to long snapper and helped lead Southern Mississippi to the Conference-USA Championship one day after being named to the All-Academic football team with a 49-28 win over previously unbeaten Houston.

During Nelms’ two years with the Golden Eagle program, Southern Mississippi has made 106-of-107 extra points and converted on 50-of-63 field goals.

Nelms, the long snapper, has helped led the Southern Mississippi special teams to 98 punts and has had just two punts blocked in the past two years.

In his first season in Hattiesburg, Nelms was named to an honorable mention to the all-Conference-USA team.