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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Brandon Nicolas

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 290 | College: Colorado
 
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2008 Season

Started all 12 games at the nose tackle spot, including the last 27 in a row and 36 for his career. Played 670 snaps from scrimmage, the second straight year he played in over 80 percent of the team's defensive snaps from scrimmage (80.1 to be exact). He was in on 32 tackles (21 solo), with seven for losses including two quarterback sacks and another three stops for zero. He had six third down stops, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, one pass breakup and one quarterback chasedown (near sack). He was CU's lineman of the week for the Colorado State game (three tackles and a sack). One of the inaugural players selected for a Gold Group Commitment Award, and was also selected as the recipient for the Tyronee "Tiger" Bussey Award for perseverance over adversity, injury and/or illness. He was one of the best in the nation at stopping the run, but generally steered players into the arms of others to make the tackle. Phil Steele's College Football selected him to its preseason third-team All-Big 12 squad, and also ranked him as the No. 26 defensive tackle in the nation. He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner among the defensive linemen for the second straight spring, cited for his hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage in strength and conditioning drills.

2007 Season

A rock steady performer all season, he started all 13 games including the Independence Bowl at nose tackle in earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and the league coaches. He was selected as the recipient of the Regiment Award by the coaching staff, which is presented to the player who makes the greatest contribution with the least recognition. In playing 711 snaps from scrimmage, he played the second highest percentage of team snaps by any defensive lineman at CU over the last 15 seasons (85.7). He recorded 37 tackles (28 solo) in tying for the team lead in tackles for loss with 11, which ranked him seventh in the Big 12; that count included three quarterback sacks. He was second on the team in tackles for zero with 11, meaning 22 of his 37 tackles went for zero or minus yardage.

He also had 10 third down stops (tying for second), three pressures, two pass deflections and a caused interception. He had a season high six tackles versus Florida State (five solo, three for losses), with five in the opener against Colorado State and four on three other occasions, including the Kansas game, when all were solo stops with two for losses and a third for zero. The coaches selected him as the Defensive Player of the Week for the Miami-Ohio game, when he had three tackles, two solo, one for a loss, with two third down stops. In the bowl game against Alabama, he was in on three tackles (one solo, for a loss) with a quarterback pressure. For the spring, he was the Iron Buffalo Award winner for the defensive line.

2006 Season

He played in all 12 games, including 11 starts, all at nose tackle (his only non-start was against Kansas State when CU opened in a nickel formation). He tied for fifth on the team with 57 tackles (31 solo, four for losses), as he also tied for the most tackles by all the defensive linemen and ends (he had the top figure by the tackles). His 611 snaps from scrimmage were the fifth most by a defensive player, and he also recorded five third down stops, four quarterback hurries, three chasedowns (near-sacks) and two forced fumbles. He had five or more tackles on six occasions, with a season- and career-high nine tackles (four solo) at Oklahoma; he had six four other times, versus Montana State, Arizona State, Missouri and Nebraska. He had his high solo count of five in the opener against MSU, and he forced fumbles at Georgia and Kansas.

2005 Season

He sat out the entire season after transferring to Colorado from Notre Dame. He enrolled in the fall semester and practiced the entire season at defensive tackle. He won the Scout Team Defense Award for the Oklahoma State game as selected by the coaching staff.

2004 Season

At Notre Dame: Redshirted; practiced at defensive tackle and nose guard as a true freshman in South Bend.

High School

A two-way starter at both offensive and defensive tackle his sophomore through senior years. A PrepStar All-America, he made the magazine's All-West team in both the pre- and postseason. Prep Football Report ranked him as the No. 40 overall player in the west. Rivals ranked him as the No. 52 player on its Super West 60 team, and SuperPrep tabbed him No. 57 overall on its California Top 132. A second-team all-state selection as an offensive lineman by Cal-Hi Sports as a senior, when he also was named to the Los Angeles Times prep all-star team and was the co-most valuable player for the Serra League by the Orange County Register, which selected him to its all-county team on offense. As a junior, he earned first-team CIF Southern Section honors on offense and second-team accolades on defense. He made 60 tackles, with 17 for losses including five quarterback sacks, along with five passes broken up and two interceptions on defense and graded out at over 80 percent on his assignments on offense. He had 76 tackles, 22 for losses with five sacks to go with three blocked kicks as a junior. Including his sophomore season, he posted nearly 200 tackles with 15 quarterback sacks as a prep. Mater Dei was 8-5 his senior year, reaching the CIF Southern Section Division I semifinal under coach Bruce Rollinson.

Personal

Born April 6, 1986 in Amherst, N.Y. Hails from the same high school that produced the 1964 Heisman Trophy winner, John Huarte (Notre Dame).

 
 

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