Earned starting nod at linebacker before an early season-ending injury... returned to lineup as starting linebacker against Northwestern State during the season opener... finished with four tackles against the Demons... recorded seven tackles, including four solo stops, against Texas Tech... was lost for the remainder of the season with a knee injury against the Red Raiders.
Ranked among Cougars' top-seven leaders in tackles, despite missing final four games due to knee injury... recorded two games with double-digit tackles... led all players with 11 tackles, including eight solo stops, at Oklahoma State... also added a tackle for a 3-yard loss against the Cowboys... finished with seven tackles, including six solo, against Air Force in Dallas... recorded nine tackles, including seven solo stops, at Colorado State... added 1.5 tackles for a loss of eight yards and a quarterback hurry against the Rams... tallied seven tackles, including a pair of solo stops, at No. 23 East Carolina... led all players with 14 tackles, including four solo stops, against C-USA rival UAB... also posted a 15-yard sack and intercepted a Blazer pass in the end zone. ... recorded six tackles, including five solo stops, at C-USA rival SMU... posted nine tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, at C-USA rival Marshall.
Competed in all 13 games... recorded four solo stops at Conference USA rival Tulane... finished with four tackles, including an assist for a loss, against C-USA rival East Carolina... posted five tackles at Alabama... finished with three tackles against C-USA rival Rice... led all UH defenders with five tackles, including three solo stops, at UAB... also added an assisted tackle for a loss of two yards... recorded two tackles, including an assist for a loss of a yard, against SMU... posted five tackles, including a pair of solo stops, at C-USA rival Tulsa. Texas Bowl: Recorded a solo tackle against TCU.
Valuable member of the special teams units... appeared in all but one game during his first collegiate season.
PLANO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Prepped at Plano Senior High School... helped lead his team to a 13-1 record and a regional final appearance as a senior... named Honorable Mention 5A All-State... selected to the All-Region I Super Team... twice named First-Team All-District... also picked up First Team All-Collin County honors as a senior... registered 20 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three quarterback hurries and three tackles for losses against Flower Mound High School... was a four-year starter on the lacrosse team... named First-Team All-State as a senior... three-time First-Team All-District selection.
Full name is Matt Thomas Nicholson... born Sept. 29, 1987, in Hudson, Ohio... son of Dave and Kathy Nicholson... father, Dan, played baseball at Ohio University... enjoys playing guitar in his spare time... also recruited by New Mexico State, SMU, Rice and Utah State... majoring in kinesiology.
Nicholson's Career Bests
Tackles: 14, vs. UAB (10-9-08)
Sacks: 1.0, vs. UAB (10-9-08)
Tackles for Loss: 2.5, at Tulane (9-15-07)
Interceptions: 1, vs. UAB (10-9-08)