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With great excitement, we are dropping the seventh edition of our ‘SoFloBulls.com 2016 USF Football Highlights Series’ as standout USF defensive back Deatrick Nichols prepares for a stellar season under new head coach Charlie Strong and defensive coordinator Brian Jean-Mary. Our ‘#DumflyDB3 South Florida DB Deatrick Nichols Highlights 2016’ is a top-shelf concoction of the Miami, Florida native’s biggest hits and interceptions from the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Nichols is a two-time all-conference selection, Bednarik Award Candidate, and Jim Thorpe Award Candidate.
Nichols’ has amassed 119 total tackles (92 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, breaking up 12 passes, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and a sack in 38 games (started 26). Nichols is listed as the No. 14 CB in Phil Steele’s 2017 NFL Draft player ranking.
#DumbflyDB3, aka USF DB Deatrick Nichols (@d.nichols.jr), does not back down from anyone, whether it’s attacking the ball in the air or bringing down a ball carrier. Nichols plays much bigger than his measurable size in the red zone, provides aggressively run support and ruthlessly attacks opponents when tackling. Nichols is a get-in-your-face kind of player who utilizes surprising strength, speed and athletic ability to make big plays under the lights. Nichols doesn’t waste steps in coverage or show any indecisiveness, all of which are instincts of a NFL prospect. #SoFloBulls
Nichols had a breakout year in 2015, recording 62 total tackles (48 solo), 8.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, broke up five passes, forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble and made a sack. Nichols ranked fifth in the AAC in interceptions and was a first-team All-AAC selection.
The ‘SoFloBulls.com 2016 USF Football Highlight Series’ will continue to bring our die-hard USF Football followers a custom collection of reels ranging from individual highlights like the #HeGone87 Rodney Adams tape to compilations riddled with our staff’s handpicked top plays from the historic 2016 USF Football season.
by Matthew Manuri
Publisher & Editor, SoFloBulls.com | @Mcknurkle
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