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#47 Hardy Nickerson
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 225
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Oakland, CA
High School: Bishop O'Dowd HS
Experience: 1 Letter
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2013: Recorded a game-high-tying six tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss (-6 yards) as well as 0.5 sacks (-1 yard) in the spring game, with his tackle for loss and sack totals helping to account for four points in a scoring system that rewarded the defense for certain plays … listed as the No. 2 player at the ‘MIKE’ position on the preseason depth chart.

2012: Redshirted … did not play … named the squad’s Scout Team Player of the Year on special teams.

BISHOP O’DOWD HS: Played in the U.S. Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl recording six tackles, and also in the International Bowl against a group of international players following his 2011 senior season … won several honors as a senior highlighted by a first-team Division III All-State selection (MaxPreps) as well as a third-team All-State pick (ESPN High School California) … other honors in his senior season included All-Region (PrepStar, Superprep), All-Metro (San Francisco Chronicle), All-Area (Contra Costa Times) and All-Hayward Area Athletic League selections, while he was also on the Butkus Award Watch List for the nation’s top prep linebacker … recorded 153 tackles, 1.0 sack, one interception, three passes defended and one fumble recovery on defense as a senior, while adding 78 rushes for 453 yards and six TDs as well as eight receptions for 48 yards on offense … had a strong 2010 junior season in which he recorded 116 tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss, four passes defended and one fumble recovery on defense to earn HAAL Defensive Player of the Year honors, as well as All-State Underclassman, All-North Coast Section and All-HAAL selections … added nine rushes for 45 yards and 10 receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown in his junior campaign … had 52 tackles and one interception on defense as a 2009 sophomore, while chipping in with seven receptions for 47 yards and four rushes for 20 yards on offense … posted 68 tackles and two fumble recoveries as a 2008 freshman … his last two prep teams both advanced to the second round of the North Coast Section playoffs, combined for a 19-5 overall record (10-2 in 2010; 9-3 in 2011) and a 14-0 HAAL mark that produced back-to-back league titles … earned several academic honors as a prep as he was a two-time North Coast Section Scholar Athlete and HAAL All-Academic selection … a California Scholarship Federation Life Member … named one of three National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Outstanding Scholar Athletes from Alameda County … a three-star recruit according to ESPN, MaxPreps and Rivals, while Scout and 247Sports gave him two stars each … ranked as the nation’s No. 38 inside linebacker recruit by Rivals, while 247Sports had him No. 73 nationally at the position … Scout ranked him as a middle linebacker at No. 79 nationally, while ESPN gave him a No. 109 ranking as an outside linebacker … SuperPrep had him at No. 139 in California/Hawaii/Nevada … checked in as the state of California’s No. 90 overall recruit by Rivals, while ESPN listed him at No. 137 and 247Sports at No. 191.

OTHER: Full name is Hardy William Lindsay Nickerson … born January 5, 1994 … parents are Hardy Otto Nickerson and Amy Nickerson, both Cal alums … father played 16 seasons in the NFL, earning four All-Pro and five Pro Bowl selections, and is a member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame … coached by his father during his final two seasons at Bishop O’Dowd High School … twin sister Haleigh Nickerson attends Cal … played his first football game at the age of eight at Lambeau Field as a member of a Green Bay Pop Warner team … attended eight different schools from kindergarten through his senior year of high school due to his father’s NFL career … ambidextrous as he plays sports and throws with his right hand, but writes with his left … major is undeclared.

LAST UPDATED: July 16, 2013

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