Unable to redshirt after playing second half of 11th game vs. Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium in relief of injured starter Robert Griffin III, threw TWO TDs to lead team to victory... Played two of 13 games... Named to Dean's List in fall 2011 and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2011 and spring 2012... In one half vs. Tech, accounted for three TDs, throwing for 151 yards, on 9-for-12 passing, with two TDs, while rushing for another on seven carries for 14 yards... Brilliant relief effort helped lead Baylor to first win over Texas Tech in Big 12 era... Also saw action at wide receiver against Texas in 12th game, did not record a stat... Did not play in Valero Alamo Bowl win over Washington.
Played in seven games as backup quarterback... Totaled 55 passing yards, on 6-for-12 passing, with no TDs or interceptions... Rushed for seven yards on two carries... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters... Threw most passes in season-opening win over Sam Houston State, six attempts with two completions for 21 total yards... Also took snaps vs. Buffalo, at No. 4 TCU, at Rice, vs. Kansas and vs. No. 23 Texas A&M... Completed one pass for seven yards in Texas Bowl vs. Illinois.
Played in nine games, starter in seven, as true freshman quarterback in 2009 to earn first collegiate letter... Ascended to starting role in season's fourth game due to injuries to top two quarterbacks (Robert Griffin III and Blake Szymanski) in season's third game... Started seven of season's final nine games... Threw for 1,786 yards on 165 completions and 266 attempts... Totaled six TDs and nine interceptions on season... Ranked seventh in Big 12 Conference with 198.4 passing yards per game... Ranked eighth in total offense yards in Big 12 with 205.3... Also rushed for 62 yards and three TDs on 57 carries... One of seven returning starters on offense... One of eight true freshmen to letter in 2009... Earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors... Named to Baylor's Dean's List in fall 2009 and spring 2010 and fall 2009 and spring 2010 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Received team's Baylor Academic Excellence Award on offense... Saw first career action in fourth quarter of win over Northwestern State in third game after injuries to top two QBs, did not attempt a pass in one series played... Made first career start and led BU to win vs. Kent State in fourth game, threw for 216 yards on 20 of 27 passing with no TDs or interceptions and rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns... Threw for 220 yards and one score in second start at No. 19 Oklahoma in season's fifth game... Passed for 49 yards in six attempts as reserve at Iowa State in sixth game... Started next five games, throwing for 200-plus yards four times... Had career day in upset at Missouri in season's ninth game, broke school's passing mark with 427 yards on 32 of 43 passes and threw three touchdowns without an interception... Was honored as Big 12 Offensive Player of Week (Nov. 9) and earned ESPN.com "Helmet Sticker" for effort in Missouri win... Threw season-high 45 passes vs. No. 2 Texas, completed 28 for 240 yards and one TD with three picks in season's 10th game... Did not play in season finale vs. Texas Tech (coach's decision)... Earned first collegiate letter... Enrolled at Baylor in January 2009 (signed in 2008) and participated in spring 2009 drills.
South Garland High School, Garland, Texas... One of four Metroplex preps to throw for 3,000 yards in 2007, area's fourthleading passer as senior at South Garland [Texas] High School... Ranked No. 22 on Rivals.com's dual-threat quarterbacks list... 3-star ranking from both Rivals.com and Scout.com... Rated nation's 66th-best prep signal caller by Scout.com... Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 member... Ranked No. 62 on San Antonio Express-News' Texas Top 100 and No. 46 on Dallas Morning News Area Top 100 list... 2007 Texas Football Texas Top 300 honoree also tabbed one of state's top 20 quarterbacks in preseason... 2007 District 10-5A MVP... Selected to 2007 Dallas Morning News' all-area first team... Also earned first-team 10-5A all-district honors in final prep season... 2008 Oil Bowl participant also earned 2007 first-team THSCA academic all-state honors... Passed for over 8,000 yards in three-year prep career and established 10 Garland ISD records... Holds Garland ISD career marks for passing yards (8,001), total offense yards (9,131) and total-offense touchdowns (87)... As senior, set Garland ISD records for passing yards (3,047), total-offense yards (3,495), touchdown passes (30) and total-offense touchdowns (39)... Completed 212-of-357 passes for 3,047 yards and 30 touchdowns as senior with just four interceptions... Also rushed 138 times for 448 yards and nine touchdowns .... Threw school single-game record five touchdown passes vs. arch-rival Garland as senior... Led Colonels to 10-2 overall record and 2007 District 10-5A title with 7-0 record... As junior, completed 211- of-366 passes for 2,910 yards and 23 touchdowns with 14 picks en route to second-team all-district honors... Rushed for 431 yards and six touchdowns on 111 carries... Ranked No. 4 in Metroplex in passing yards as junior, established Garland ISD single-game records for passing (450) and total-offense (472) yards vs. Plano West... Completed 145-of-264 passes as sophomore for 2,295 yards and 12 TDs, rushed 88 times for 251 and seven scores... District newcomer of year as sophomore... Also lettered in track as sophomore... Twin brother, Luke, played safety for South Garland... Selected Baylor over Purdue... Committed to Baylor in March 2007... Coached by Mickey Moss at District 10-5A school.
Son of Joe and Tina Florence, Nicolas Daryl Florence was born June 21, 1989, in Dallas, Texas... Married to Rachel Florence... Parents are both Baylor graduates... Has four brothers: Matt, Josh, Zach and Luke... Honors student ranked second in 467-member senior class academically and scored over 1,200 on SAT on first attempt... Graduated in December 2011 with degree in economics... Currently enrolled in graduate school, working on MBA.
Stepping in for 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, Florence produced a superb senior season as he passed for a school-record 4,309 yards and 33 touchdowns while rushing for 568 yards and 10 scores. He ranked second nationally in total offense with 375.1 yards per game as he led the Bears to an 8-5 record that was capped by a 49-26 win over UCLA in the Holiday Bowl. He had planned to play in last weekend's Texas vs. the Nation college all-star game in Allen, but pulled out due to an ankle injury.
"Oh yeah, I'm going to miss it," Florence said. "I've been doing it my whole life. I don't know whether I would have been drafted, but I have no doubt that I could have made a team. But I'll look back and have a lot of great memories." - John Werner, The Waco Tribune-Herald