Parents are Walt and Jaylene Nielsen ... served a Church mission to El Salvador ... one of three children ... has a twin brother ... is majoring in Spanish and plans to go to dental school after graduation.
A two-time letterwinner in football at Fremont HS... earned academic All-State Basketball and Baseball honors with a 3.9 grade-point average... an all-area and all-region wide receiver and defensive back as a senior... earned all-state honorable mention honors... scored two touchdowns in the state championship game against Skyline... also lettered in basketball (2), baseball (1), track (3)... an all-region basketball selection... also earned all-region and all-state honors in track, taking fourth place in the state 5A 100-meter finals.
Did not participate in athletics at Weber State.
NIELSEN's Career Stats Year Gms UT AT TFL FR INT PD BK Hur Sck 2002 12 12 17 2 0 3 4 0 0 1
Contributed as a member of the scout team.
Earned All-Mountain West All-Academic honors ... earned letterman honors as a junior ... selected as the team's Top Defensive Rookie ... saw action in all 12 games during the season, including 3 starts ... credited with a forced fumble in the Cougars' season-opening victory over Syracuse ... became the first BYU defender since Jernaro Gilford (vs. New Mexico, 2001) to record two interceptions in a single game, helping the Cougars to a 35-32 win over Hawaii ... also had 3 pass deflections against the Warriors ... posted a career-best 50-yard interception return against Utah ... credited with 29 tackles on the season, including 12 solo takedowns ... had 2 tackles for a combined loss of 9 yards on the season.
Participated in spring drills ... listed as the starter at the left Katback position entering fall camp.