Name: Joshua Nichols
Weight: 190 lbs.
High school: Detroit (MI) Loyola
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #29
Last year: I ranked Nichols #121 and said he would redshirt (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating: N/A
Nichols is one of those walk-ons who seems like he’s going to make an impact by the time his career is over, whether just on special teams or maybe a little bit on defense. He filled up the stat sheet as a high school senior two years ago – 82 tackles, 11 forced fumbles, 7 pass breakups, and 1 interception – and now seems to have put on about 20 pounds of muscle.
Nichols could have a Hunter Reynolds type of career. Reynolds played as a backup before transferring to start at Utah State. Now that Nichols has put on some good weight, perhaps this is the season for him to run down on kickoff and/or punt coverage and start to make a name for himself. With the talent and depth at safety right now, that’s probably the best chance for him to get on the field.
Prediction: Backup safety and special teamer
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