UTAH: Began his career as an offensive tackle before moving to defensive tackle his sophomore season.
2013-Played in 12 games on special teams ... got in at defensive tackle against Weber State ... two tackles, both against Weber State, included a half sack ... led Utah with two blocked kicks, blocking PAT attempts against Arizona and Washington State.
2012-Saw action in three games, playing seven snaps at offensive tackle against Washington State ... played on special teams against Arizona and Colorado ... lettered.
HIGH SCHOOL: 2010 first-team all-state ... 2009 honorable mention all-state ... first-team all-region as a junior and senior ... Hurricane HS (Utah) was region champion in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was the state runner-up in 2009 ... earned three letters in football and wrestling and two in track ... 2010 3A state heavyweight wrestling champion ... physics Student of the Year.
PERSONAL: Son of Barratt and Britta Nielson ... one brother and three sisters ... comes from an athletically and musically gifted family: brother Jacob plays football, throws the discus in track and plays cello; sister Rachel plays volleyball, basketball and violin, sister Sarah plays viola and sister Maggie rides horses and plays violin ... sociology major ... full name is Daniel Bent Neilson ... born Mar. 28, 1993.