August 9, 2008

Nielsen anxious to get on the field

After sitting out last season, Tyler Nielsen is anxious to get on the field in his second year at Iowa whether it be at outside linebacker or on special teams, where Kirk Ferentz has singled him out as a core contributer. Nielsen talks about his redshirt year, which was a decision the coaches left up to him, learning the LEO position, and having his brother on the team with him now.

Q: What was it like getting some work in the spring coming off your redshirt year?

NIELSEN: It was good to get some experience in spring ball. It was some quality experience over the scout team, which I played in the fall. I'm excited and looking forward to camp. Hopefully I'll get a chance to get out there on the field and make some noise.

Q: There have been a lot of good linebackers here recently to get a chance to work under. What was it like to learn under guys like Humpal and Klinkenborg and their leadership?

NIELSEN: Humpal and Klinkenborg are great guys not only on the field, but off the field as well. It was great to learn from them, learn how to watch film. With the experience they have, it was just priceless to learn from guys like that.

Q: What's it like to have your little brother down here?

NIELSEN: It's great. It's a dream come true. I mean we were out in the backyard wearing Hawkeye jerseys when we were little throwing the football around and now we're out here together. It's definitely awesome.

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