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2007 Football Roster

Damon Nickson

Class: Sr.
Position: S
Height: 6-0
Weight: 187 pounds
Previous School: Milton
Hometown: Milton, FL

2007: Played in 11 total games and had nine starts ... Finished the year with 39 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, and two interceptions ... Led all safeties with 617 snaps played including a season-high 92 at Troy ... Preaseason Second Team All-American as a kick returner by CBS SportsLine.com ... Named the Most Dependable Safety by the coaches following spring drills ... Picked up two interceptions in the Blue-White game ... Preseason all-conference as a defensive back and kick returner ... Collected five tackles in season opener at FAU and returned five kickoffs for 76 yards ... Came up with four tackles at Louisville, including one for lost yardage ... Added two tackles in a reserve role against LSU and also had two in a loss to WKU ... Had a fumble recovery in win over FIU ... Registered six tackles on defense against Virginia while returning four kicks for 96 yards ... Had one stop at Memphis ... Tallied four tackles, including a sack against Arkansas State ... Collected two interceptions in win over North Texas ... Did not play at ULM due to a leg injury ... Started and had six tackles against ULL ... Had seven tackles, a sack, and a pass breakup at Troy.

2006: Voted Second Team All-American by SI.com and Scout.com as a kick returner to become first All-American at MT in the I-A era ... Named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference as a defensive back and as a return specialist (first Blue Raider to be a first team selection for two different positions since Dee Mostiller in 1996) ... Started all 13 games and enjoyed a career-best season for the Blue Raiders ... Had 61 tackles on the season to go along with three tackles for loss, a sack, five interceptions, two pass breakups, and a forced fumble ... As a kickoff returner, Nickson had 21 returns for 605 yards (third on single-season list), two touchdowns, and a 28.8 (second on single-season list) per return average to rank fifth nationally ... Named a semifinalist for the inaugural Randy Moss Return Specialist Award on Nov. 13 ... Was listed as the starter at strong safety following a productive spring ... Collected two tackles and a pass breakup in the Blue-White Spring Game ... Earned the Blue Raider Safety award for his play during the spring ... Played the second most snaps (74) on the team in win over FIU and responded with six tackles to earn a "winning performance" from the coaching staff ... Had four tackles at Maryland in 55 plays ... Tallied three stops, including a tackle for loss, in win over Tennessee Tech to earn a "winning performance" ... Registered four tackles in 54 plays at Oklahoma ... Had three tackles in win over North Texas and earned a "winning performance" ... Was tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after setting a school record with 187 kickoff return yards on six attempts against Louisville ... His first career return against the Cards went for 88 yards and a touchdown and made Rivals.com Plays of the Week while also being featured on ESPN SportsCenter and ESPN College Gameday ... He also led the Blue Raiders on defense with seven tackles and an interception and earned a "winning performance" on special teams ... Collected five tackles including a tackle for loss at Louisiana-Monroe to go along with a kick return for 35 yards and earned a "winning performance" for defense and special teams ... Set a school and Sun Belt Conference record with four interceptions against Louisiana-Lafayette to go along with six tackles, a forced fumble, two kickoff returns for a 29.5-yard average, and his first collegiate punt return for 14 yards ... His performance at ULL earned him the Walter Camp and the Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honors along with the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week award ... Named the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after returning the second half kickoff against FAU 94 yards for a touchdown (fifth longest in school history and the fourth longest in SBC history) ... Collected seven tackles against ASU to equal his career-best ... Had five tackles, a pass breakup, and his first career sack against South Carolina ... Added four tackles and a pass breakup against Troy ... Had five stops against Central Michigan in Motor City Bowl.

2005: Saw action in all 11 games, including three as a starter ... Also played extensively on special teams ... Registered a career-best 35 tackles on the year to go with three pass breakups ... Did not register a tackle until the Akron game when he collected two ... Enjoyed his best game of the year at Vanderbilt with six stops (five solos) and a pass breakup ... Had two tackles and a pass breakup at FAU and was in on three stops against ULL ... Registered four tackles in win over Arkansas State ... Earned the start as an extra safety against Louisiana-Monroe and responded with seven tackles (five solos) ... Started at safety in place of an injured Jeremiah Weaver and collected two tackles ... Collected four tackles in his second straight start at Troy ... Added five tackles in season finale at FIU.

2004: Played in all 11 contests with six starts, collecting 23 tackles, one interception, and one pass breakup ... Tallied one tackle at Louisiana-Lafayette and North Texas ... Totaled four tackles and first career interception versus Arkansas State in first career start ... Registered season-high six stops and a pass breakup versus Idaho ... Recorded two stops versus Louisiana-Monroe and in finale at Troy.

High School: Played both quarterback and defensive back for Milton ... Registered 59 tackles, four interceptions, eight pass breakups, and three forced fumbles on defense ... Passed for 550 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing for 479 yards and eight scores on offense ... Voted third team all-state and tabbed District I Most Valuable Player by the Florida Coaches Association after leading team to a 9-2 record ... Also earned all-area honors ... Was a member of the track team.

Personal: Parent: Hazel Nickson ... Born: 9/9/84 ... Major: University Studies.

Tackles UA A Tot. Sacks TFL FR INT
2004 15 8 23 0-0 0-0 0 1-13
2005 24 11 35 0-0 0.5-2 0 0-0
2006 41 20 61 1-8 3-13 0 5-31
2007 35 4 39 2-18 3-22 1 2-0
Total 115 43 158 3-26 6.5-37 1 8-44
KO Return No. Yds. Avg. LG TD
2006 21 605 28.8 94 2
2007 14 241 17.2 31 0
Total 35 846 24.2 94 2

2004 Game-by-Game Stats
2005 Game-by-Game Stats
2006 Game-by-Game Stats
2007 Game-by-Game Stats