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
Austin Nielsen: Height: 6'1" Weight:
24-7: What are your goals for the
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
24-7: How are you preparing for
the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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