2017 Awards / Honors
Three-year starter led Blue Hens with 5 ½ sacks last season, augmenting 56 total tackles that ranked No.4 on the squad. Also intercepted a pass and knocked down four others, a number exceeded only by two members of the UD secondary. Registered at least five tackles in six of 11 contests, topped by a nine-tackle effort in loss to Towson. Nichols’ best performance, though, may have come in September win over Cornell that featured a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery that was returned 22 yards. Invited to East-West Shrine Game following the season. Was raised by his grandparents since age 5, when his single mom sought to put a father figure in his life.