UTAH: Has moved from offensive tackle to defensive tackle ... performed well at nose tackle during spring camp.
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 ... has not declared a major ... full name is Daniel Bent Neilson ... born Mar. 28, 1993.