BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and senior campaigns. Led the team in tackles last season posting 89/15.5/7.5. Totaled a career-high 98 tackles as a sophomore.
POSITIVES: Instinctive linebacker who constantly makes positive plays. Diagnoses the action, picks up assignments and remains alert. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself, scrapes well in the box and strings plays laterally. Covers a good amount of area on the field.
NEGATIVES: Undersized, is slow to shed blocks and can be taken from the action by opposing tight ends. Has tackles broken.
ANALYSIS: A hard-working defender who constantly plays at a high level, Nicholas offers starting potential in a one-gap system or on the weak side.