Niesen, a running back for Dakota State (S.D.), has a 3.65 GPA in elementary and special education.
Each NFF Scholar-Athlete of the Day is selected from the list of candidates for the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments. Nominated by their school as the absolute best all-around scholar-athlete on their team, 147 candidates met the high standards needed for consideration this year. As part of its effort to highlight the best of the gridiron, the NFF separately highlights each of these 147 candidates on its website. These outstanding individuals must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
Dakota State (S.D.)
Elementary and Special Education
2012 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team
2012 CoSIDA Academic All-District VI
2012 Daktronics NAIA National Scholar-Athlete
2011 Daktronics NAIA National Scholar-Athlete
Two-time Academic All-Conference
DSU”s Champions of Character Award recipient; Volunteer with Special Olympics, MS 150 Bike Tour and Habitat for Humanity; trigonometry tutor and wrestling coach at Madison High; Moved beds at Golden Living Center and read to students at local elementary schools; Participated in the DSU Cancer Walk, Easter egg stuff and the First Presbyterian Youth Rally.