Nickson earns All-America honors

First All-American in the I-A era

December 8, 2006 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - For the first time in the I-A era Middle Tennessee has an All-American in football. Junior Damon Nickson was voted a second-team All-American as a kick returner by SI.com to become the 33rd all-American in school history.

A first-team All-Sun Belt Conference performer as a defensive back and as a kick returner, Nickson is the first All-American at Middle Tennessee since Cedric Stegall in 1998. Stegall was an Associated Press third-team pick.

The Milton, Fla., native became only the second player in Middle Tennessee's 95-year football history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same season when he accomplished the feat this year. The only other player to do it was Reuben Justice in 1969.

Nickson's 94-yard return against Florida Atlantic went down as the longest kickoff return for a touchdown by a Blue Raider in the Division I-A era and the fifth-longest in school history. It was also the fourth-longest kickoff return for a touchdown in Sun Belt Conference history. Even more impressive, Nickson didn't start returning kickoffs until the sixth game of the season against Louisville and he returned a kickoff 88 yards on his first-ever attempt.

For the year, Nickson had 19 returns for 569 yards to rank fourth on the all-time single-season list at Middle Tennessee and currently ranks fourth nationally in return average.

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