Nielsen Named NAIA All-American
The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the 2011 NAIA Coaches' All-American team with Doane College place kicker Andrew Nielsen representing the Tigers. Nielsen, a senior from North Platte, is the first Doane player chosen to the NAIA squad since the AFCA began releasing the All-American team in 2006. The last player to receive First Team All-American honors, as announced by the NAIA, was Jesse Gronemeyer in 2001.
Nielsen posted 71 points on the season for the Tigers, coming a point shy of the school record. He converted 11-of-17 field goals and 38-of-42 extra point attempts. He threw a touchdown pass in the first game of the season as well. Nielsen was named First Team All-GPAC after earning honorable mention honors the previous two seasons. He was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-American Second Team by CoSIDA.
He is an exercise science major and the son of Dr. Mark and Julie Nielsen.
Since the AFCA began releasing the NAIA All-American team in 2006, only one team has been selected each year. Prior to 2006, the NAIA would release a First Team, Second Team and honorable mention list.
Nielsen joins a select list of Tigers to earn First Team recognition. Fred Davis was the first player to be honored with this distinction in 1966. He repeated the honor in 1967 as an offensive lineman. It would be nearly 20 years before the Tigers put another name on the First Team list. Greg Chapek was honored in 1986 as a defensive lineman.
Doane Head Coach Matt Franzen was named to the list his senior year in 1993 on the offensive line. He was joined by teammate Mark Brahmer who was a linebacker for the Tigers team that qualified for the NAIA playoffs. In 1997, Doane advanced to the semifinals of the NAIA playoffs and Chad Boyes anchored the offensive line that year. In 2000, Raymonn Adams rushed his way to First Team honors and Gronemeyer followed in 2001 at defensive back.