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Tyler Nielsen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Humboldt, Iowa

High School:
Humboldt

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 235

Position:
LB

Birthdate:
06/01/1988

02/25/2012

Mike Daniels Begins Next Phase in Indy

7 former Hawkeyes involved in NFL Combine in Indianapolis

01/17/2012

Iowa Concludes 2011 Season at Insight Bowl

Iowa makes 10th bowl appearance under Kirk Ferentz

12/31/2011

Sooners Upend the Hawkeyes in the Desert

Oklahoma downs Iowa, 31-14, in 2011 Insight Bowl

12/23/2011

A Refreshing Day at the Office

Hawkeyes enjoy the weather, surroundings at 1st practice in Scottsdale

12/20/2011

Up Close With Ken O'Keefe

University of Iowa coordinator orchestrates an efficient and proficient offense

10/15/2011

Iowa 41, Northwestern 31 - AP Photos

James Vandenberg threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

10/09/2011

Iowa 3, Penn State 13 - AP Photos

Marcus Coker rushed for 74 yards on the ground and another 23 via the pass.

Hawk-Item - - Tied for seventh in the Big Ten with two recovered fumbles in 2011 . . . one of four seniors named to 2011 Leadership Group . . . one of four juniors named to 2010 Leadership Group . . . one of four sophomores named to 2009 Leadership Group . . . one of two redshirt freshmen named to 2008 Leadership Group.

2011 Honors - - Honorable mention all-Big Ten by league media . . . named to Capital One/CoSIDA District Six Academic All-America team for second straight year . . . academic all-Big Ten for fourth straight season . . . candidate for National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award . . . semifinal candidate for NFF William V. Campbell Trophy . . . Permanent Team Captain, Defense . . . Forest Evashevski Scholastic Achievement Award . . . Hayden Fry "Extra Heartbeat" Award, Defense . . . Players Choice Award, Defense . . . named national Linebacker of the Week by College Sports Madness and was honorable mention Linebacker of the Week by College Football Performacne Awards for his play in 24-16 win over 13th-ranked Michigan.

2011 Preseason Honors - -Named to Lott IMPACT Trophy and Butkus Award preseason Watch Lists . . . fourth team preseason All-Big Ten by Phil Steele's College Football . . .

2011 - - started all 12 games in which he played . . . recorded 34 solo tackles and 39 assists, including four tackles for loss and one QB sack . . . also had two recovered fumbles, one one forced fumble, one pass break-up and one QB pressure . . . started at outside linebacker in 34-7 opening win over Tennessee Tech . . . recorded two solo tackles and one assist in opening win, including one tackle for loss . . . started at outside linebacker in triple-overtime loss at Iowa State, recording four solo tackles, one assist and a recovered fumble . . . started at outside linebacker in 31-27 win over Pittsburgh, but saw limited action recording one solo tackle . . . started at outside linebacker in 45-17 win over Louisiana-Monroe, recording two solo tackles, one assist and a pass break-up as defense allowed just 59 net rushing yards . . . started at outside linebacker in 13-3 loss at Penn State, recording two solo tackles and one assist . . . started at middle linebacker in 41-31 win over Northwestern, moving inside from normal OLB position . . . recorded career-high 12 tackles vs. Northwestern, including five solo stops and seven assists . . . did not see action in 45-24 win over Indiana due to injury . . . started at middle linebacker in 22-21 loss at Minnesota, recording two solo tackles and four assists . . . started at middle linebacker in 24-16 win over 13th-ranked Michigan as defense allowed just 323 yards total offense . . . recorded career-high 13 tackles vs. Wolverines, including seven solo stops . . . also had two tackles for loss and a QB sack, causing and recovering a Wolverine fumble that led to an Iowa field goal . . . started at middle linebacker in 37-21 loss to Michigan State . . . recorded five tackles vs. MSU, including one tackle for loss . . . started at middle linebacker in 31-21 win at Purdue, recording three solo tackles as defense allowed just 282 yards total offense . . . started at middle linebacker in 20-7 loss at Nebraska, recording one solo tackle and career-best 10 assists . . . started at middle linebacker in Insight Bowl loss to Oklahoma, recording four solo tackles and four assists as defense allowed just 275 yards total offense.

2010 Honors - - Academic all-Big Ten . . . named to ESPN/CoSIDA District Seven Academic All-America team . . . 2010 - - started all eight games in which he played before injury, 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 Honors - - Academic all-Big Ten for second year . . . Coaches Appreciation Award, Special Teams.

2009 - - 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 Honors - - Academic all-Big Ten . . . 2008 - - Listed as second team outside linebacker following spring practice . . . 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.

2007 - - Redshirted.

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.

Personal - - Born 6/1/88 . . . marketing major . . . four-year member of the "A" Honor Roll . . . member of prep National Honor Society . . . parents are Julie and Tony Nielsen . . . high school teammate of DL Cody Hundertmark and OL Ben Thilges . . . high school coach was Greg Thomas.

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Career Bests
Tackles:	        13 vs. Michigan, 11/05/11
Solos:    	        7 vs. Michigan, 11/05/11
Assists:	        10 at Nebraska, 11/25/11
TFL:	                2, twice, last vs. Michigan, 11/05/11
QB Sacks:	        1 vs. Michigan, 11/05/11
Interceptions:	        1 vs. Iowa State, 9/11/10
Fumble Recoveries:	1, twice, last vs. Michigan, 11/05/11
Forced Fumble:	        1 vs. Michigan, 11/05/11
Pass Break-Up:	        4 vs. Penn State, 10/02/10
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