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Hardy Nickerson
Player Profile:
Hardy Nickerson 1250270
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 225
Year: Junior
Hometown: Oakland, CA
High School: Bishop O'Dowd HS
Experience: 2 Letters

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Career Stats
Game Logs: 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Nickerson is looking to continue his emergence at the ‘MIKE’ linebacker position in 2015 after compiling two solid seasons mostly as a starter over the last two campaigns as played in 22 games with 14 starts. Nickerson is expected to begin his 2015 junior campaign as the starter at the position following his career-high 69 tackles that ranked third on the team as a 2014 sophomore. His 133 career tackles rank third among the team’s active players, while he is also first in fumble return yards, tied for first in fumble recoveries, tied for second in forced fumbles, and tied for fourth in tackles for loss and tackle for loss yards.
Cal Career (2013 – Present)
► Has played in 22 games with 14 starts with all of his action coming in the last two campaigns of his three seasons with the program after redshirting as a true freshman in 2012
► Has career totals of 133 tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss (-23 yards), 1.0 sack (-7 yards), one interception that he returned for eight yards, one pass breakup, two fumble recoveries that he has returned for 27 yards and two forced fumbles
► Ranks first among Cal’s active career leaders in fumble return yards, tied for first in fumble recoveries, tied for second in forced fumbles, third in tackles, and tied for fourth in tackles for loss and tackle for loss yards
► Posted a career-high 69 tackles and the lone interception of his career that he returned eight yards at USC as a 2014 sophomore, while he had a career-high 5.0 tackles for loss (career-high -16 yards) and the lone quarterback hurry of his career during his 2013 redshirt freshman campaign
► Had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery during both his freshman and sophomore seasons, with his 27-yard fumble return yards as a sophomore all on a career-long 27-yard fumble return vs. UCLA a career best
► Recorded the lone pass breakup of his career as a 2013 freshman at UCLA
► Recorded back-to-back career-high-tying 11-tackle games in the second and third contests of his career in his first career start vs. Portland State and off the bench vs. Ohio State as a 2013 redshirt freshman
► Had a career-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss both at UCLA and vs. Arizona in 2013 as well as at Washington State in 2014, while picking up his lone career sack (-7 yards), a career-high nine tackle for loss yards and his lone career quarterback hurry vs. Arizona, and his only career pass breakup at UCLA
► Has led or co-led the team in tackles four times including twice as both a 2014 sophomore (vs. Washington, vs. Stanford) and a 2013 redshirt freshman (vs. Portland State, at UCLA)
► A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection, earning second-team recognition as a freshman and an honorable mention pick as a sophomore

Junior (2015)
► National honors candidate
► Listed as the starter at the ‘MIKE’ linebacker position on the preseason depth chart
► Had one tackle in the spring game
Sophomore (2014)
► Played in all 12 games with six starts including each of the last five contests at the ‘MIKE’ linebacker position
► Ranked third on the team with a career-high 69 tackles, while adding 2.0 tackles for loss (-7 yards), one interception that he returned eight yards, one fumble recovery that he returned 27 yards and one forced fumble, with the single fumble recovery tied for first on the team, the fumble return yards second and the single forced fumble tied for second
► Recorded 66 of his 69 tackles over the final nine contests after three stops in his first three games
► Ranked tied for No. 34 in the Pac-12 with an average of 5.8 tackles per game
► Registered a season-high-tying nine tackles on four occasions vs. Colorado, vs. Washington, at USC and vs. Stanford, making a critical stop on third-and-goal from the Cal one on Colorado’s second overtime drive and adding the lone interception of his career and an eight-yard return at USC
► Had seven tackles three times at Washington State, at Oregon State and vs. BYU, adding a career-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss for a season-high seven yards against the Cougars
► Picked up other defensive stats in contests vs. UCLA (5 tackles; 1 fumble recovery, 27-yard fumble return), vs. Oregon (4 tackles), at Northwestern (2 tackles) and vs. Sacramento State (1 tackle)
► Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic
► One of many student-athletes to conduct a Facebook Q&A during the season
► Missed spring practices due to injury

Freshman (2013)
► Played in 10 games with eight starts tying for third on team with 64 tackles and tying for fourth with 5.0 tackles for loss (-16 yards), while he was tied for second with both one fumble recovery and one forced fumble
► Added 1.0 sack (-7 yards), one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry before an injury against USC in the 10th game of the season ended his campaign
► Ranked tied for 24th in the Pac-12 with an average of 6.4 tackles per game
► Put together back-to-back career-high-tying 11-tackle games in the second and third contests of his career vs. Portland State in his first career start and off the bench vs. Ohio State
► Had nine tackles and a career-high-tying 2.0 tackles for loss both at UCLA and vs. Arizona that tied for the most by a Cal player in 2013 and made him the only member of the team to reach the number more than once, picking up his lone career sack (-7 yards), a career-high nine tackle for loss yards and his lone career quarterback hurry vs. Arizona as well as his only career pass breakup and three tackle for loss yards at UCLA
► Led the team in tackles twice both vs. Portland State and at UCLA with his 2.0 tackles for loss against the Bruins also a team high and his 2.0 TFL vs. Arizona equaling a team best
► Recorded defensive stats in other contests at Oregon (5 tackles; first career forced fumble), vs. Washington State (5 tackles; 1.0 tackle for loss, -4 yards), vs. Oregon State (5 tackles), vs. USC (4 tackles), at Washington (3 tackles) and vs. Northwestern (2 tackles; first career fumble recovery)
► Second-team Pac-12 All-Academic
► 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
► Named a Jonathan and Judy Hoff Scholar-Athlete of the Week for October 14-20, 2013
Freshman (2012)
► Redshirted
► Did not play
► Named the squad’s Scout Team Player of the Year on special teams
Bishop O’Dowd (Class of 2012)
► Recorded six tackles in the U.S. Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and also played in the International Bowl 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 receiving 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 as well as 10 receptions for 95 yards receiving and one 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 receiving 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

Recruiting Notes (Class of 2012)
► 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 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 as the No. 139 player overall 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

► 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, is a member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, still ranks second on the school’s all-time list for tackles, and is currently in his second season as the linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015
► 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 legal studies
Nickerson's Career Game Highs
Tackles: 11 (twice, last vs. Ohio State, 2013)
Tackles For Loss: 2.0 (three times, last at Washington State, 2014)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 9 (vs. Arizona, 2013)
Sacks: 1.0 (vs. Arizona, 2013)
Sack Yards: 7 (vs. Arizona, 2013)
Forced Fumbles: 1 (twice, last vs. UCLA, 2014)
Fumble Recoveries: 1 (twice, last vs. UCLA, 2014)
Fumble Return Yards: 27 (vs. UCLA, 2014)
Long Fumble Return: 27 (vs. UCLA, 2014)
Interceptions: 1 (at USC, 2014)
Interception Return Yards: 8 (at USC, 2014)
Long Interception Return: 8 (at USC, 2014)
Quarterback Hurries: 1 (vs. Arizona, 2013)
Pass Breakups: 1 (at UCLA, 2013) 

Last Updated
June 25, 2015

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