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Spring game now just one week away next Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Wide receiver/tight end has big day Friday in Berkeley on diamond and gridiron.
Offensive line duo getting plenty of work with first team unit during spring practices.
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BISHOP O'DOWD HS: Played in the U.S. Semper Fidelis All-American Game and recorded six tackles, and also participated in the International Bowl against a group of international players following a 2011 prep season ... won several honors as a 2011 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) ... recorded 153 tackles, 1.0 sack, one interception, three passes defended, 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 ... 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 ... 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 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, picked up HAAL All-Academic team selections, is a California Scholarship Federation Life Member, was named one of three National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Outstanding Scholar Athletes from Alameda County ... 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 ... 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, while SuperPrep had him at No. 139 in California/Hawaii/Nevada ... three-star recruit according to ESPN, MaxPreps and Rivals, while Scout and 247Sports gave him two stars each ... MaxPreps said "Hardy proves that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Not quite as big as his dad, but just as instinctive, quick and athletic. He shows good awareness and his coach calls him a difference maker with his playmaking ability."
PERSONAL: Full name is Hardy William Lindsay Nickerson ... born January 5, 1994 ... parents are Hardy Otto Nickerson and Amy Nickerson, both Cal alums ... father played for 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 ... has a twin sister that 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 26, 2012