UW This Season: Nick Carlson will be a leading honors candidate as a senior center in 2012. For the second-consecutive season, he has been named to the Rimington Trophy Preseason Watch List. Carlson has started 33 of 34 career games entering his senior season, including the last 25-consecutive games. He has been selected as one of four team captains for the Wyoming Cowboys in 2012.
2011: Carlson earned Second Team All-Mountain West honors from Mountain West coaches and media as a junior in 2011. He also earned Academic All-Conference honors, earning a 3.08 grade-point-average in geography. He was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List in the summer of 2011. Carlson was a leader of an offensive line that allowed only 12 quarterback sacks in 13 games in 2011, ranking the Cowboys No. 11 in the nation in fewest sacks allowed. Carlson helped the Cowboy offense generate 181.6 yards rushing per game to rank No. 33 in the nation, and 206.8 yards passing per game to rank No. 4 in the Mountain West Conference.
2010: Carlson earned Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference as a sophomore. He helped block for UW running back Alvester Alexander, who gained 792 yards and scored 14 touchdowns on the season. Carlson was one of only two offensive linemen to start all 12 games during the season. At the team's year-end banquet, he was named UW's Offensive Lineman of the Year.
2009: Carlson started the first eight games of his freshman season at right guard for the Cowboys. He played in nine of Wyoming's 13 games, and earned his first varsity letter. Carlson was a grayshirt signee by the Wyoming Cowboys in the spring of 2008, meaning he didn't join the Cowboy Football program until the spring semester of `09. But from the first practice of 2009 spring drills to the conclusion of spring practice, Carlson made the most dramatic climb up the Wyoming depth chart of any other Cowboy. He rose from a true freshman to starter at right offensive guard entering the 2009 season. He earned academic all-conference honors as a freshman in 2009. 2008: Carlson signed with the Cowboys in the spring of 2008 as a grayshirt, and so didn't join the program until the spring semester `09.
High School: An athletic center, he earned First Team All-Mid Suburban League honors as a senior at Prospect High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. He led his Prospect High School squad to an 11-2 record and the semifinals of the state playoffs his junior season. In four years of high school, his football teams combined for a 33-9 (.786) record. A multi-sport athlete at Prospect High, he also played basketball and volleyball in high school. Carlson was a four-year honor student and a high school academic all-conference selection in Illinois. Carlson was also recruited by Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. He played for head coach Brent Pearlman.
Personal: Born March 30, 1990, he is the son of Lauren and Craig Carlson. He is majoring in geography.