STORM LAKE - Troy Nielsen of Buena Vista University was named to the first team of the second annual USAfootball.com Freshmen All-America Team, it was announced.
Nielsen led the Beavers in punt returns with 24 for 320 yards and two touchdowns as Buena Vista finished 7-3 this past season.
Nielsen also led Buena Vista with five interceptions for 74 yards.
The 6-foot, 190-pound native of Laurens led all voters from among the 200 coaches and media who cast a vote for the Division III Freshman All-Americans in special teams as a returner.
Nielsen was the only Iowa Conference player to be named to the first or second team.
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