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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA student Elliott Nelson is known as 'Hammock Guy'

Elliott Nelson

UTSA student Elliott Nelson

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(Jan. 22, 2014) -- Meet Elliott Nelson -- otherwise known as "Hammock Guy."

You may have spotted Elliott hanging from the beautiful oak trees around the UTSA Main Campus this semester. A native of San Antonio, this junior marketing major appreciates the slower side of life that relaxing in a hammock invites.

"Hammocks are so comfortable, they make you relax and in general they are just very calming," he said. "Once the semester gets into full swing and midterms and finals come around, I will definitely be studying in the hammock a lot."

Students relaxing in hammocks between classes are nothing new to university life. In fact, several universities across the country have welcomed hammock use as part of their campus culture. They're easy to set up, lightweight, compact and portable.

Elliott's life isn't always calm. In fact, he's an enthusiastic member of the UTSA Climbing Club through Campus Rec and participates in weekend climbing trips and collegiate climbing competitions across the state.

"In addition to climbing, I also love to camp," he said. "Instead of bringing a tent, I just bring my hammock and a sleeping bag and that's all I need most of the year."

Incidentally, Elliott may have started a trend at UTSA. He says that some of his climbing buddies plan to buy their own hammocks, so UTSA may soon see more hammock sightings in various places around campus.

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Did You Know?

Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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