Matt Nicholson
    Matt Nicholson

    Hometown:
    Plano, Texas

    High School:
    Plano

    Position:
    Defensive Graduate Assistant

    Birthdate:
    09/29/1987

    Experience:
    Third Season

    Alma Mater:
    Houston '11

    Former Houston standout Matt Nicholson begins his second season as defensive graduate assistant coach in 2011. In 2012, he will assist with the coaching duties on the defensive side of the ball, coaching defensive backs, and scout teams

    In his first season on staff assisting with linebackers Nicholson helped the club to incredible defensive success, ranking among national leaders in sacks, tackles-for-loss and interceptions.

    Starting his career as a walk-on, Nicholson starred for the Cougars from 2006-2010, racking up 179 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, one sack and two interceptions, including one interception return for a touchdown, despite missing 17 games over the final three seasons due to knee injuries.

    Nicholson, who played in 47 career games for the Cougars, served as a team captain during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.He was named the Tom Wilson Offseason MVP in both 2009 and 2010 and was Houston's Special Teams Player of the Year as a true freshman in 2006.

    Nicholson is set to graduate with a master's degree in Human Resource Development in the spring of 2013.

    Nicholson received his bachelor's degree in sport administration from Houston in December of 2010.

    A native of Plano, Texas, and a product of Plano Senior High School, Nicholson helped carry the Wildcats to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the regional finals as a senior. Nicholson was an Honorable Mention 5A All-State selection as a senior as well as being named first team All-State in lacrosse.

    Nicholson and his son, Ryan, reside in Houston.


    Career Statistics

    SCORING                G    TD  Rush  Pass Retn  PAT 2PAT   FG  Total Avg/G
    2006................  13     0     0     0    0    0    0    0      0   0.0
    2007................  13     0     0     0    0    0    0    0      0   0.0
    2008................   9     0     0     0    0    0    0    0      0   0.0
    2009................   3     0     0     0    0    0    0    0      0   0.0
    2010................   9     1     0     0    1    0    0    0      6   0.7
    TOTAL...............  47     1     0     0    1    0    0    0      6   0.1
    

    KICK RETURNS G No. Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2006................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2007................ 13 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.6 2008................ 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2009................ 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2010................ 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 47 1 8 0 8 8.0 0.2

    INTERCEPTIONS G No Yds TD Lg Avg/R Avg/G 2006................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2007................ 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2008................ 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2009................ 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2010................ 9 1 42 1 42 42.0 4.7 TOTAL............... 47 2 42 1 42 21.0 0.9

    ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2006................ 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2007................ 13 0 0 0 8 0 8 0.6 2008................ 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2009................ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 2010................ 9 0 0 0 0 42 42 4.7 TOTAL............... 47 0 0 0 8 42 50 1.1

    TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2006................ 13 7 0 7 0.0-0 0 0 1 0 2007................ 13 16 20 36 4.0-8 0 0 0 0 2008................ 9 35 31 66 4.5-28 1 0 0 0 2009................ 3 7 6 13 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2010................ 9 29 28 57 5.5-8 6 1 3 0 TOTAL............... 47 94 85 179 14.0-44 7 1 4 0

    SACKS G UA A Total Yds 2006................ 13 0 0 0.0 0 2007................ 13 0 0 0.0 0 2008................ 9 1 0 1.0 15 2009................ 3 0 0 0.0 0 2010................ 9 0 0 0.0 0 TOTAL............... 47 1 0 1.0 15


    2010 Game-by-Game
                                         |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |-------PASSING-------|  |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   all
     Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  purp
     Sep 4, 2010  TEXAS STATE............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    42
     Sep 10, 2010 UTEP...................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Sep 18, 2010 at UCLA................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Sep 25, 2010 TULANE.................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Oct 9, 2010  MISSISSIPPI STATE......  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Oct 16, 2010 at Rice................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Oct 23, 2010 at SMU.................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Oct 30, 2010 at Memphis.............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Nov 5, 2010  UCF....................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Totals..............................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    42
    

    Games played: 9 All purpose avg/game: 4.7

    |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-| Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-| Date Opponent Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf Pts Sep 4, 2010 TEXAS STATE............ 0 6 6 0.5-2 0.0-0 0 1-0 1-42 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 6 Sep 10, 2010 UTEP................... 3 5 8 1.5-1 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Sep 18, 2010 at UCLA................ 3 1 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 1-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Sep 25, 2010 TULANE................. 1 3 4 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Oct 9, 2010 MISSISSIPPI STATE...... 2 7 9 0.5-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Oct 16, 2010 at Rice................ 8 2 10 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Oct 23, 2010 at SMU................. 5 0 5 1.0-1 0.0-0 0 1-0 0-0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Oct 30, 2010 at Memphis............. 4 1 5 0.5-2 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Nov 5, 2010 UCF.................... 3 3 6 1.5-2 0.0-0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Totals.............................. 29 28 57 5.5-8 0.0-0 1 3-0 1-42 1 5 0 0-0 0 0 0 6


    2009 Game-by-Game
                                         |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|            Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-|
     Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf  Pts
     Sep 5, 2009  NORTHWESTERN STATE.....   1    3      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Sep 12, 2009 at Oklahoma State......   2    0      2    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Sep 26, 2009 TEXAS TECH.............   4    3      7    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Totals..............................   7    6     13    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
    


    2008 Game-by-Game
                                        |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|            Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-|
     Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf  Pts
     Aug 30, 2008 SOUTHERN...............   1    2      3    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Sep 6, 2008  at Oklahoma State......   8    3     11    1.0-3     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Sep 13, 2008 vs Air Force...........   6    1      7    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Sep 20, 2008 at Colorado State......   7    2      9    1.5-8     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     1   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Sep 27, 2008 at East Carolina.......   2    5      7    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     1   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Oct 8, 2008  UAB....................   4   10     14    1.0-15    1.0-15    0  0-0     1-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Oct 18, 2008 at SMU.................   5    1      6    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Oct 28, 2008 at Marshall............   2    7      9    1.0-2     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Nov 8, 2008  TULANE.................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
     Totals..............................  35   31     66    4.5-28    1.0-15    0  0-0     1-0     2   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
    


    2007 Game-by-Game
                                         |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |-------PASSING-------|  |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   all
     Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  purp
     Sep 1, 2007  at Oregon..............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Sep 15, 2007 at Tulane..............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Sep 22, 2007 COLORADO STATE.........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Sep 29, 2007 EAST CAROLINA..........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Oct 6, 2007  at Alabama.............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Oct 13, 2007 RICE...................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   1    8  0   8   0    0  0   0     8
     Oct 20, 2007 at UAB.................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Oct 27, 2007 at UTEP................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Nov 4, 2007  SMU....................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Nov 10, 2007 at Tulsa...............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Nov 17, 2007 MARSHALL...............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Nov 24, 2007 TEXAS SOUTHERN.........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Dec 28, 2007 vs TCU.................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
     Totals..............................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   1    8  0   8   0    0  0   0     8
    

    Games played: 13 Kick ret avg: 8.0 All purpose avg/game: 0.6

    |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-| Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-| Date Opponent Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf Pts Sep 1, 2007 at Oregon.............. 1 1 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Sep 15, 2007 at Tulane.............. 2 2 4 2.5-5 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Sep 22, 2007 COLORADO STATE......... 1 2 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Sep 29, 2007 EAST CAROLINA.......... 0 4 4 0.5-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Oct 6, 2007 at Alabama............. 1 4 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Oct 13, 2007 RICE................... 2 1 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Oct 20, 2007 at UAB................. 3 2 5 0.5-2 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Oct 27, 2007 at UTEP................ 0 0 0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Nov 4, 2007 SMU.................... 1 1 2 0.5-1 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Nov 10, 2007 at Tulsa............... 2 3 5 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Nov 17, 2007 MARSHALL............... 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Nov 24, 2007 TEXAS SOUTHERN......... 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Dec 28, 2007 vs TCU................. 1 0 1 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 Totals.............................. 16 20 36 4.0-8 0.0-0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0

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