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Nickson gets second All-American honor

Scout.com makes junior a second-team All-American

December 13, 2006 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The honors keep piling on for junior Damon Nickson.

On Wednesday, the Milton, Fla., native earned his second All-American recognition in a week when Scout.com put him on its second-team as a kick returner.

Last week, Nickson earned second-team All-American honors from SI.com to become the first All-American at Middle Tennessee in the I-A era and the 33rd overall.

A first-team All-Sun Belt Conference performer as a defensive back and as a kick returner, Nickson 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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