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Keith Nichol
Keith Nichol

Hometown:
Lowell, Mich.

Last College:
Oklahoma

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 220

Position:
WR

Experience:
3L


03/14/2012

Spartan NFL Draft Prospects State Their Case At Pro Day

Ten seniors and two juniors attempt to improve their NFL Draft status during the 3-hour workout.

03/14/2012

Spartans Hold Annual Pro Day

Fifteen former Spartans, including 10 seniors and two juniors from the 2011 team, audition in front of NFL scouts at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.

02/23/2012

Six Spartans Audition At 2012 NFL Scouting Combine

Kirk Cousins, B.J. Cunningham, Keshawn Martin, Trenton Robinson, Jerel Worthy and Edwin Baker attempt to improve their stock for the upcoming NFL Draft.

01/28/2012

Senior Bowl Preview - Part I

Q&A with Michigan State record-setting quarterback Kirk Cousins.

01/21/2012

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Preview

Q&A with Michigan State senior wide receiver Keith Nichol.

Bio in PDF Format
Game-by-Game Statistics: 2009 | 2010 | 2011


CAREER NOTES: Three-year letterwinner played in 37 games at Michigan State after transferring from Oklahoma in 2008, including 14 starting assignments . . . made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver during Alamo Bowl practice in 2009 and continued to take reps with the first team in spring practice in 2010 . . . had 50 catches for 625 yards (12.5 avg.) and four touchdowns in his career . . . caught at least one pass in 24 of 28 games as a wide receiver . . . completed 54 percent of his passes (53-of-98) at Michigan State for 826 yards and nine touchdowns.

CAREER IN BOWL GAMES: Had nine catches for 86 yards in three bowl games . . . matched his career high with four receptions for 53 yards in the win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl, including a 7-yard TD grab in the fourth qurater . . . threw a 49-yard TD pass to Bennie Fowler in the fourth quarter of the 2011 Capital One Bowl vs. Alabama; was 2-for-5 passing in the game for 56 yards . . . also had three receptions for 22 yards against the Crimson Tide . . . made his Spartan debut at wide receiver in the 2010 Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech, catching two passes for 11 yards . . . also rushed for a 7-yard touchdown against the Red Raiders.

2011 SEASON (SENIOR): Ranked fifth on the team with 26 catches for 352 yards (13.5 avg.) and three touchdowns . . . 17 of his 26 receptions (65 percent) resulted in either a TD or a first down . . . named Academic All-Big Ten for the third consecutive year . . . graduated in December 2011 with a degree in supply chain management . . . recipient of the President's Award for perseverance (offense) . . . matched his career high with four receptions for 53 yards in the win over No. 18 Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl, including a 7-yard TD grab in the fourth qurater . . . tied his career high with four catches for 39 yards in the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin . . . his 3-yard reception in the second quarter vs. the Badgers led to a Spartan touchdown; after the catch, he lateraled the ball to B.J. Cunningham at the 7-yard line before getting tackled out of bounds, and Cunningham ran it in for the score . . . had three receptions for 41 yards against Minnesota, including a 4-yard TD catch in the first quarter . . . caught the game-winning, 44-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins on the final play of the game to propel MSU to a 37-31 victory over No. 4 Wisconsin; the reception was the longest of his career . . . had two catches for 20 yards in victory over Michigan; named a game captain against the Wolverines . . . had two receptions for 21 yards in win at Ohio State . . . recorded a career-high 54 receiving yards on three receptions vs. Central Michigan . . . had two catches for 40 yards, including a 30-yard grab, in the win over Florida Atlantic.

2010 SEASON (JUNIOR): Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . appeared in all 13 games in 2010, including eight starts . . . ranked fifth on the team with 22 receptions for 262 yards (11.9 avg.) . . . caught at least one pass in 11 games . . . also completed 4-of-7 passes for 62 yards and two scores . . . with Kirk Cousins and Andrew Maxwell sidelined with injuries vs. No. 15 Alabama in the 2011 Capital One Bowl, he took snaps at quarterback in the fourth quarter and hit 2-of-5 throws for 56 yards, including a 49-yard TD strike to Bennie Fowler . . . also had three catches for 22 yards against the Crimson Tide . . . his 3-yard TD toss to Charlie Gantt with 8:31 left in the fourth quarter at Penn State gave MSU a 28-10 lead and proved to be the game winner as the Spartans held on for a 28-22 victory to clinch a share of the 2010 Big Ten Championship . . . caught three passes for 19 yards vs. Purdue . . . set career highs in receptions (4) and receiving yards (51) at Northwestern, including two catches for 34 yards on MSU's game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter . . . his career-long 42-yard grab from Cousins at No. 18 Michigan set up Larry Caper's 8-yard TD run late in the third quarter . . . hauled in three passes for 30 yards vs. No. 11 Wisconsin . . . caught two passes for 32 yards in the season opener vs. Western Michigan, including his first career TD reception, a 20-yard grab from Cousins early in the second quarter . . . made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver during Alamo Bowl practice and continued to take reps with the first team throughout the spring of 2010.

2009 SEASON (RED-SHIRT SOPHOMORE): Academic All-Big Ten selection . . . saw action in 10 games in 2009 (DNP vs. Northwestern and Iowa due to an elbow injury; DNP at Purdue) . . . came off the bench to play quarterback in eight regular-season games . . . completed 49-of-91 passes (.538) for 764 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions . . . his 143.2 quarterback rating ranks sixth in MSU single-season history . . . also rushed 22 times for 128 yards (5.8 avg.) . . . started at wide receiver in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl vs. Texas Tech, catching two passes for 11 yards . . . also scored his first career rushing touchdown against the Red Raiders, with a 7-yard run out of the wildcat formation in the third quarter . . . hit 4-of-5 passes for 84 yards in the fourth quarter vs. No. 13 Penn State, including a 71-yard scoring strike to Keshawn Martin with 1:44 left . . . completed 6-of-10 passes for 30 yards vs. Western Michigan, including a 7-yard TD strike to Dion Sims in the fourth quarter . . . with Cousins sidelined with an ankle injury, made his first career start in a 24-14 victory at Illinois and accounted for 206 total yards . . . completed 13-of-25 throws for 179 yards and rushed six times for 27 yards against the Illini . . . his 23-yard completion to Mark Dell on a third and-8 play kept MSU's game-opening drive alive vs. Illinois and eventually resulted in a TD . . . had two fourth-down conversions on the Spartans' second TD drive against the Illini, hitting Blair White for a 7-yard gain on fourth-and-3 and running 3 yards on fourth-and-1 . . . with Cousins slowed by the ankle injury, played the majority of the fourth quarter and all of overtime in MSU's 26-20 victory over Michigan . . . completed 5-of-8 passes for 68 yards and rushed twice for 8 yards against the Wolverines . . . combined with Cousins to throw for 396 yards at Wisconsin, tying for the second-highest total in school history (school record: 400 yards vs. Michigan, 1999) . . . hit 7-of-12 passes for a career-best 195 yards, two TDs and two interceptions against the Badgers . . . completed TD strikes of 15 and 91 yards to Martin in the fourth quarter . . . his 91-yard bomb to Martin ranked as the second-longest passing play in Spartan history (school-record 93-yarder from Tony Banks to Nigea Carter vs. Indiana in 1994) and tied for the ninth-longest passing play recorded in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in 2009 . . . his 216.5 passing efficiency rating against Wisconsin ranked as the 45th-highest single-game figure posted in the NCAA FBS . . . connected on 3-of-8 passes for 51 yards vs. Central Michigan, including a 16-yard TD toss to Charlie Gantt in the second quarter . . . completed 9-of-18 throws for 135 yards and two TDs (26 yards to Sims and 3 yards to Brian Linthicum) in his Spartan debut vs. Montana State . . . capped an excellent spring with an impressive performance in the Green-White intrasquad game, as he completed 20-of-28 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns.

2008 SEASON: Sat out the entire 2008 campaign after transferring from Oklahoma . . . redshirted . . . presented MSU's Jim Adams (Unsung Hero) Award as the Scout Team Offensive Player of the year . . . earned Scout Team Player of the Week honors twice (vs. Eastern Michigan and Purdue).

2007 SEASON (FRESHMAN AT OKLAHOMA): Appeared in three games as a true freshman (vs. North Texas, Utah State and Tulsa) . . . completed 2-of-7 passes for 15 yards and rushed three times for 13 yards . . . ran once for 8 yards and completed his only pass attempt for 5 yards in his collegiate debut vs. North Texas.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Ranked among the nation's top dualthreat quarterbacks by Rivals.com (No. 6) . . . also rated among the country's top quarterbacks by Scout.com (No. 22) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by the Detroit Free Press (No. 15) . . . ranked among the state's top seniors by the Lansing State Journal (No. 3), Rivals.com (No. 4) and The Detroit News (No. 5) . . . three-time all-state selection . . . compiled a 33-3 record as a three-year starter for Coach Noel Dean at Lowell (Mich.) High School while accounting for 9,650 total yards and 134 touchdowns . . . his career passing totals include 6,550 yards and 76 TDs . . . his career rushing totals include 3,100 yards and 58 scores . . . completed 118-of-185 throws (.638) for 2,225 yards and 31 TDs as a senior . . . led the Red Arrows to the state championship as a sophomore . . . son of Gary and Patrice Nichol . . . brother Kyle is a red-shirt freshman quarterback on the 2010 Spartan roster . . . born Dec. 24, 1988.

NICHOL'S CAREER STATISTICS

RUSHING G Att Yds TD Lg Avg/C Avg/G 2009................ 10 22 128 1 25 5.8 12.8 2010................ 13 4 9 0 13 2.2 0.7 2011................ 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 37 26 137 1 25 5.3 3.7

PASSING G Att- Cmp- Int Yds TD Lg Pct Avg/P Avg/G Effic 2009................ 10 91- 49- 3 764 7 91 53.8 8.4 76.4 143.2 2010................ 13 7- 4- 0 62 2 49 57.1 8.9 4.8 225.8 2011................ 14 0- 0- 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 TOTAL............... 37 98- 53- 3 826 9 91 54.1 8.4 22.3 149.1

TOTAL OFFENSE G Rush Pass Total Avg/G 2009................ 10 128 764 892 89.2 2010................ 13 9 62 71 5.5 2011................ 14 0 0 0 0.0 TOTAL............... 37 137 826 963 26.0

RECEIVING G Rec Yds TD Lg Rec/G Avg/C Avg/G 2009................ 10 2 11 0 10 0.2 5.5 1.1 2010................ 13 22 262 1 42 1.7 11.9 20.2 2011................ 14 26 352 3 44 1.9 13.5 25.1 TOTAL............... 37 50 625 4 44 1.4 12.5 16.9

SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2009................ 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.6 2010................ 13 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.5 2011................ 14 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 18 1.3 TOTAL............... 37 5 1 4 0 0 0 0 30 0.8

ALL PURPOSE G Rush Rec PR KR IR Total Avg/G 2009................ 10 128 11 0 0 0 139 13.9 2010................ 13 9 262 0 0 0 271 20.8 2011................ 14 0 352 0 0 0 352 25.1 TOTAL............... 37 137 625 0 0 0 762 20.6

TACKLES G UA A Total TFL-Yds PD FF FR Blkd 2009................ 10 1 0 1 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2010................ 13 0 0 0 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 2011................ 14 2 1 3 0.0-0 0 0 0 0 TOTAL............... 37 3 1 4 0.0-0 0 0 0 0

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