Player Spotlight: Austin Nielsen

<STRONG>Interview with O'Connor Linebacker</STRONG>

Last season when I attended the regular season Basha versus O' Connor game, O' Connor LB Austin Nielsen caught my eye as a tough football player. This led me to contact Head Coach Rick Mey to get in touch with this young man. Last season, Austin was named 1st team all region and coming into the season has the looks of a D1 prospect.


24-7: What is your official height and weight?

Austin Nielsen: Height: 6'1" Weight: 215.


24-7: What are your goals for the upcoming season?

Austin: Be the hardest working linebacker in state, help our defense become a cohesive unit that gets better every game and of course, win our regional championship and then the state championship.


24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?

Austin: I am preparing day by day, I am hitting the weight room with more intensity every day. If I can do better than the day before, then I know that I am on the right track. This summer I am attending a BYU football camp.


24-7: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?

Austin: In the off season I have been studying the actual game of football and watching last year's films. I have many weaknesses but that is why football is played with 11 men instead of 1.


24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?

Austin: Ian Michels QB, Andrew Johnson WR, Larry Gibson OL, Michael Larruari LB, Andrew Ruguone DL and Steven Von Kolen FS.


24-7: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?

Austin: I hope to play for a Division 1A college. I also hope to be able to contribute as a freshman.


24-7: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?

Austin: Yes, I would consider playing for one of the local universities or colleges.


24-7: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Austin: Zach Zolin (RB Basha), not because of his attitude but because of his physical ice. He really made our defense buckle down and see what we are really made of.


24-7: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?

Austin: Bench: 315, Squat: 430, Power Clean: 305 and 40 yard: 4.65.


24-7: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

Austin: As an example both on and off the field. A leader both in body and in heart.


24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Austin: Play every down like it's your last.


24-7: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?

Austin: I expect nothing less than the best. All the other teams better bring it because we won't hold back or break for any one.


24-7: What position do you think you will play in college?

Austin: Outside Linebacker or Strong Safety.


24-7: What can a college program expect from you as a player?

Austin: I will play with just as much, or more, intensity and heart than I poured into my high school ball. I will leave everything I have on the practice field and on the game field.


The staff at 24-7 would like to thank Austin for his time and also thank O'Connor HC Rick Mey for helping make this interview possible. Anyone wishing to contact Austin may email

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