2015 NFL DRAFT

Tyler Nielsen, OLB

School: Iowa  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Humboldt, IA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 238 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
167175
2011 Season
2011 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention (Coaches)...appeared in 12 games...finished the season with 73 total tackles/34 solo...1 sack...2 fumble recoveries.
2010 Season
Started all eight games in which he played before suffering a broken neck, recording 22 solo tackles and 20 assists, along with 4.5 tackles for loss, four pass break-ups and one interception . . . Started at outside linebacker in 37-7 opening win over Eastern Illinois as defense allowed just 157 yards total offense . . . Recorded one solo tackle and five assists, including 1.5 tackles for loss . . . Started at outside linebacker in 35-7 win over Iowa State . . . Recorded three tackles against ISU and had first career interception to stop a scoring threat in the third period . . . Started at outside linebacker in 34-27 loss at Arizona . . . Recorded career-high seven tackles at Arizona, including four solo tackles and three assists, including one tackle for loss . . . Started at outside linebacker in 45-0 win over Ball State, recording three solo tackles as defense allowed just 112 yards total offense . . . Started at outside linebacker in 24-3 win over Penn State as defense allowed just 54 net rushing yards and 301 yards total offense . . . Recorded four solo tackles and one assist vs. Penn State, in addition to career-best four pass break-ups . . . Started at outside linebacker in 38-28 win at Michigan . . . Recorded six tackles at Michigan, including career-best five solo stops and two tackles for loss . . . Started at outside linebacker in 31-30 loss to Wisconsin . . . Collected career-high 10 tackles vs. Badgers, including three solo stops and seven assists . . . Started at outside linebacker in 37-6 win over fifth-ranked Michigan State as defense allowed just 31 net rushing yards and 258 yards total offense . . . Recorded two tackles vs. MSU before missing majority of game due to injury . . . Missed remainder of the season after being injured in win over Michigan State.
2009 Season
Academic all-Big Ten for second year . . . Coaches Appreciation Award, Special Teams...Saw action in all 13 games, recording four solo tackles and three assists . . . saw action in 17-16 win over Northern Iowa, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 35-3 win at Iowa State as defense recorded six turnovers, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action in 27-17 win over Arizona, recording two assisted tackles as defensie allowed just 105 passing yards and 253 yards total offense . . . saw action in 21-10 win at Penn State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 24-21 win over Arkansas State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 30-28 win over Michigan, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 20-10 win at Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 15-13 win at Michigan State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 42-24 win over Indiana, recording one solo tackle as defense allowed just 79 net rushing yards . . . saw action in 17-10 loss to Northwestern, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 27-24 overtime loss at Ohio State, recording two solo tackles . . . saw action in 12-0 win over Minnesota, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 24-14 Orange Bowl win over Georgia Tech, but had no statistics.
2008 Season
Academic all-Big Ten . . . saw limited action in 46-3 opening win over Maine, recording one solo tackle and one assist as defense allowed 83 passing yards and 220 yards total offense . . . saw action in 42-0 win over Florida International, recording two solo tackles and two assists as defense allowed just 56 rushing yards and 218 yards total offense . . . saw action in 17-5 win over Iowa State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 21-20 loss at Pittsburgh,. but had no statistics . . . saw action in 22-17 loss to Northwestern, but had no statistics . . . saw action on special teams in 16-13 loss at Michigan State, but had no statistics . . . saw action in 45-9 win at Indiana, recording one assisted tackle as defense allowed just 95 rushing yards and 286 yards total offense . . . saw action in 38-16 win over Wisconsin, recording one solo tackle . . . saw action on special teams in 27-24 loss at Illinois but had no statiscs . . . saw action on special teams in 24-23 win over third-ranked Penn State, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action on special teams in 22-17 win over Purdue, recording one assisted tackle . . . saw action in 55-0 win at Minnesota, recording two solo tackles as defense allowed just seven rushing yards and 134 yards total offense . . . saw action in 31-10 Outback Bowl win over South Carolina, but had no statistics.
High School
High school honors - - 2006 Gatorade Iowa Football Player of the Year . . . US Army all-American . . . Des Moines Register first team and Elite all-state as a senior . . . captain of the Class 3A all-state team . . . three-time first team all-conference selection . . . first team Des Moines Register and second team Iowa Newspaper Association all-state as a junior . . . team captain . . . Career - - Led prep team to the 2006 Class 3A state championship . . . amassed 258 career tackles . . . recorded 99 solo tackles, 35 assisted tackles, six tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries (two for TD) and an interception as a senior . . . also rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries . . . had 11 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns as a senior . . . recorded 47 solo tackles, with 23 assists and three tackles for loss, as a junior . . . had 37 solo tackles and 17 assists as a sophomore . . . member of prep track and field team . . . won Class 3-A state tile in the 400-meters as a senior with a time of 49.94. . . . four-year member of the "A" Honor Roll . . . member of prep National Honor Society. . . high school teammate of DL Cody Hundertmark and OL Ben Thilges . . . high school coach was Greg Thomas.
Personal
Born 6/1/88 . . . Open major . . .parents are Julie and Tony Nielsen
 
 
Latest News
09/21/2011 - OLB Tyler Nielson is again hobbled by an ankle injury, which made for extensive playing time for Anthony Hitchens (seven tackles) in week 3. Nielsen (ankle) is expected to play against Louisiana-Monroe. - The Sports Xchange

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