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Jonathan Nichols

Jonathan  Nichols

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Greenwood, Miss.

High School:
Pillow Academy

Weight:
180

Position:
K

Birthdate:
09/28/1981

Experience:
4L

Career Highlights: Set 15 school records ... Ole Miss' all-time leading scorer with 344 career points ... The 344 points ranked sixth on the SEC's career scoring list ... Finished his career with a streak of 117 consecutive PATs made, which ranked as the nation's longest active streak and was the fifth longest in SEC history ... Ole Miss' career leader in field goals made (63) ... Ranked first on the school's career list for PATs made (155) and PATs attempted (157).

2004: Handled place kicks in all 11 games ... Handled kickoff duties in 7-of-11 games ... Invited to play in the 2005 Senior Bowl All-Star Game ... Scored seven points in the Senior Bowl, making field goals of 29 and 40 yards and converting one his lone PAT attempt of the game ... Named second team All-SEC kicker by the Coaches and The Associated Press ... Led team with 79 points scored ... Made 20-of-27 field goal attempts, ranking first in the SEC and fifth nationally in field goals made per game (1.82) ... Tied for first in the SEC in PAT percentage, making all 19 PAT attempts ... Ranked third in the SEC in scoring (7.2 ppg) ... Average depth per kickoff was the opponents four-yard line and recorded 11 touchbacks on 30 kickoffs ... Also had one punt for 30 yards ... Earned his fourth letter ... vs. Memphis (9/4): Made field goals of 26 and 47 yards and converted his lone PAT attempt of the game ... Recorded three touchbacks on four kickoff attempts ... Also tallied one tackle on kickoff coverage ... at Alabama (9/11): Made his lone PAT of the game ... Missed on a 38-yard field goal attempt ... Also had one punt of 30 yards, pinning the Crimson Tide at its own three-yard line ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/18): Scored a season-high 14 points, making 4-of-6 field goal attempts and both PAT opportunities ... The six field goal attempts tied a career high ... Hit a 34-yard field goal with 2:23 left in regulation to tie the game at 23-23 and force overtime ... Made a game-winning 35-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Rebels to a 26-23 win ... Named Quarterback Club Special Teams Player of the Week ... at Wyoming (9/25): Tied a season high with 14 points scored, making 4-of-4 field goal tries and both PAT attempts ... Recorded touchbacks on 4-of-7 kickoffs ... Became the 14th player in SEC history to record 300 career points with a 43-yard field goal with 6:45 left in the fourth quarter ... Named SEC and Quarterback Club Special Teams Player of the Week ... at Arkansas (11/13): Made a 33-yard field goal to tie former Alabama PK Michael Proctor (1992-1995) for sixth place on the SEC's career scoring list with 326 points ... at LSU (11/20): Scored 10 points, making field goal attempts of 49, 27 and 22 yards ... The 49-yard field goal in the first quarter was a season long and moved him into sole possession of sixth place on the SEC's career scoring list ... Also converted his lone PAT attempt of the night ... vs. Mississippi State (11/27): Scored eight points in the 20-3 season-ending win ... Made 2-of-3 field goal attempts, making kicks of 22 and 39 yards ... Converted both PAT attempts to finish his career with a streak of 117 consecutive PATs made ...Spring 2004: Selected to 2004 Playboy preseason All-America team ... Also named a 2004 preseason All-American by Athlon, Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook and Street & Smith's and Walter Camp ... Named a second team 2004 preseason All-America by Phil Steele's College Football Review ... Named preseason All-SEC by Athlon, Street & Smith's and Phil Steele's College Football Review ... Had 37-yard field goal and four extra points in Red-Blue Game ... Booted a 56-yard field goal during one scrimmage during spring drills.

2003: Won the 2003 Lou Groza Award for the nation's top place kicker ... Earned All-America honors from Southern Football Weekly and the All-America Football Foundation ... Received second team All-America honors from CollegeFootballNews.com ... Named third team All-America by The Associated Press ... Earned fourth team All-America accolades from CollegeSportsReport.com and was a second team junior All-America selection by CollegeSportsReports.com ... Was an honorable mention All-America selection by SI.com ... Earned first team All-SEC honors from The Associated Press and SEC Coaches ... Also named All-SEC by The Chattanooga Times Free Press, CollegeFootballNews.com, and the Commercial Appeal ... Earned first team Midseason All-America honors from The Sporting News and was an an honorable mention Midseason All-America selection by SI.com ... Played in all 13 games ... Led team with 124 points to set a new Ole Miss season scoring record, bettering the previous mark of 102 by RB Deuce McAllister (1997-2000) in 2000 ... Led the SEC and ranked ninth nationally in scoring, averaging 9.5 points per game ... Also leads the SEC in field goal percentage (86.2), having made 25-of-29 attempts ...Was 3-of-4 on field goals from 50 yards or more to become the first kicker in school history to hit three field goals of 50 yards or more in a season ... Ranked second in the SEC and fourth in the nation in field goals made per game (1.92) ... 25 field goals made was an Ole Miss season record, breaking the previous mark of 15 set by Brian Lee (1989-1992) in 1992 and tied by Nichols last season ... 24 field goals was also fourth on the SEC's single-season list ... Is 49-of-49 on PAT attempts, tying for first in the SEC in PAT kicking percentage ... Earned his third letter ... at Vanderbilt (8/30): Scored 10 points (3 FGs, 1 PAT) and was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week ... Earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the Quarterback Club ... Made kicks of 51, 20 and 54 yards to become the first player in school history to make two field goals of over 50 yards in the same game ... His 54-yard field goal with 3:52 left in the game was a career long, bettering his 51-yarder in the second quarter, and lifted Ole Miss to a 24-21 win over the Commodores ... vs. Louisiana-Monroe (9/13): Scored 11 (8 PATs, 3 FGs) points in the 59-14 win over the Indians ... Made all eight PAT attempts to tie the Ole Miss single-game record set by Tim Montz (1993-1996) in 1994 ... Became Ole Miss' all-time leader in both PATs made and PATs attempted ... The sixth PAT made was his 60th straight to break the Ole Miss record of 59 set by Steve Lavinghouze (1973-1975) ... vs. Texas Tech (9/27): Set an Ole Miss single-game record for points by a kicker with 21 ... Was 6-of-6 on field goal attempts, making kicks of 39, 29, 33, 25, 33 and 24 yards ... The six made field goals established a new Ole Miss single-game record and tied the SEC single-game mark ... Also converted all three PAT attempts ... Earned Quarterback Club Special Teams Player of the Week honors ... at Florida (10/4): Was 2-of-3 on field goals and 2-of-2 on PAT attempts ... Made field goals of 33 and 23 yards ... Missed a 52-yard attempt in the second quarter to snap a streak of 16 consecutive made field goals dating back to last season ... vs. Arkansas State (10/11): Scored 13 points to break Brian Lee's (1989-1992) Ole Miss career scoring record for a kicker of 207 points ... Was 7-of-7 on PATs and made field goal attempts of 30 and 31 yards ... The 31-yard kick was his 16th field goal of the year to set a new Ole Miss season record ... vs. Alabama (10/18): Scored 11 points, making both field goal tries of 51 and 19 yards and converting all five PAT attempts in the 43-28 win ... With the 51-yard field goal on the Rebels' first possession, he became the first kicker in school history to make three field goals of 50 yards or more in the same season ... It was also his fourth career field goal of 50 yards or more to set a new school career mark ... vs. Arkansas (10/25): Accounted for 13 of the Rebels' 19 points in a 19-7 win ... Made all four field goal attempts and his lone PAT try of the evening ... Broke his own school season scoring record for a kicker with a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the Rebels a 10-7 lead ... vs. South Carolina (11/1): Made all five of his PAT tries to tie former RB Deuce McAllister's (1997-2000) school season scoring record of 102 points ... Joins McAllister as the only players in school history to score 100 points in a single season ... vs. Auburn (11/8): Scored six points, making all three PAT attempts and connecting on his only field goal attempt, a 42-yarder with 14:40 remaining in the game to tie the score at 17-17 ... Became Ole Miss' career scoring leader on the 42-yard kick, breaking Deuce McAllister's record of 246 career points ... The field goal was also the 41st of his career to tie the school's career mark set by Brian Lee (1989-1992) ... Cotton Bowl (1/2): Scored seven points in the 31-28 win over Oklahoma State in the 2004 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic ... Was 4-of-4 on PATs ... Made a 33-yard FG with 15 seconds left in the first half to give Ole Miss a 17-14 lead at the break ... Named to Street & Smith's 2003 preseason All-SEC third team ... Spring 2003: Was perfect seven-for-seven on PATs in Red-Blue spring game.

2002: Appeared in all 13 games ... Team's leading scorer with 85 points ... Earned his second letter ... Made 40-of-40 PAT attempts and 15-of-20 field goal attempts, with a long of 50 ... Ranked second among SEC kickers in scoring, and fourth overall, averaging 6.5 points per game ... Was 6-of-6 in field goal attempts of 40 yards or longer for the season ... Finished the season with a streak of 49 consecutive PAT attempts since Nov. 22, 2001, the third longest streak in school history ... Placed his only two punt attempts of the season inside the opponents' 20-yard line ... Earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors five times from the Quarterback Club ... vs. UL-Monroe (8/31): Converted on three PAT attempts and kicked a 47-yard FG on his only attempt of the game ... Also recorded his first career punt on a fake field goal, pinning the Indians' at their own 3-yard line in the third quarter with a 32-yard effort ... Named Special Teams Player of the Week by the Quarterback Club ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/21): Scored a career-high 13 points, connecting on 4-of-4 PAT attempts and 3-of-3 field goal attempts ... Made field goals of 40, 42 and 28 yards ... The 13 points was tied for the fourth-highest single-game total by a kicker in school history ... Named the SEC's Special Teams Player of the Week ... Also earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the Quarterback Club ... vs. Arkansas State (10/12): Scored 10 points, making 7-of-7 PAT attempts and booting a career-long 50-yard field goal ... Selected the Quarterback Club Special Teams Player of the Week ... at Alabama (10/19): Made only PAT attempt to become the ninth kicker in school history to record 100 career points ... at Arkansas (10/26): Scored eight points, making 2-of-2 PAT attempts and connecting on field goals of 47 and 25 yards to earn Quarterback Club Special Teams Player of the Week accolades ... at Georgia (11/9): Had his first field goal attempt of the game, from 19 yards out, blocked to snap a streak of seven consecutive made field goals ... Later made a 24-yarder ... Was 2-of-2 on PAT attempts ... Recorded his lone kickoff of the season following his second field goal, kicking the ball to the goal line ... at LSU(11/23): Awarded Special Teams Player of the Week honors by the Quarterback Club after making field goals of 36 and 39 yards, and hitting on his only PAT attempt ... vs. Mississippi State (11/28): 3-of-3 on PAT attempts and was 1-of-2 on field goals ... Also recorded his second punt of the year, a 22-yarder to the Bulldog 11 off a fake field goal attempt ... Independence Bowl (12/27): Scored nine points in the 27-23 win over Nebraska, converting all three PAT attempts and making his two field goal attempts of 37 and 43 yards ... His 43-yard kick with 4:38 remaining helped seal the win.

2001: Earned Freshman All-SEC honors from the Coaches and Knoxville News-Sentinel ... Appeared in all 11 games ... Set Ole Miss single-season records for PATs made (47) and PATs attempted (49) ... Finished second on the team in scoring with 56 points ... 56 points is tied for the eighth-highest single-season total by a kicker in school history ... Was 3-of-6 on field goal attempts with a long of 39 ... Converted on his first 23 PAT attempts before missing on his third attempt against Alabama (10/13) ... Earned his first letter ... vs. Murray State (9/1): Made all seven extra-point attempts in his first career game ... Seven PATs made tied for the second-highest single-game total in Ole Miss history ... at Arkansas State (10/6): Missed on his first career field goal attempt, a 46-yarder in the third quarter ... Converted all five PAT attempts ... vs. Middle Tennessee (10/20): Scored a season-high nine points, kicking six extra points and one field goal ... Made his first career field goal on a 27-yard attempt in the first quarter ... vs. Vanderbilt (12/1): Scored eight points in the regular-season finale, making 5-of-5 extra points and a season-long 39-yard field goal.

2000: Did not see action ... Redshirted ... Received National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award from the Ole Miss Chapter.

HIGH SCHOOL: First team All-State pick of Clarion-Ledger ... Also first team All-MPSA ... Selected to Clarion-Ledger Top 40 list as a kicker ... Greenwood Commonwealth first team All-Area ... Named to SuperPrep All-Dixie Team ... Two-time All-North 4A selection ... Had 94 percent of his kickoffs reach the end zone ... Hit some balls out of the end zone ... Connected on 98-of-100 extra points during prep career and made 27-of-42 field goals attempts with a long of 48 yards ... Made nine field goals over 40 yards ... Made 55-of-56 extra point attempts senior year and connected on 10-of-17 field goals with a long of 45 ... As a sophomore, won the Auburn Kicking Camp competition with a 60-yarder, then returned to win the same award as a senior ... Also played quarterback at Pillow Academy ... Completed 58-of-109 passes (53.2 percent) for 950 yards and 14 TDs during senior season ... On defense, broke up 10 passes while seeing limited duty in the secondary ... Helped lead Pillow to football state championships in 1997 and 1999 ... Coached in high school by Riley Myers, who played split end at Ole Miss (1968-69-71) ... Earned three letters in football, four in soccer, four in baseball and two in track ... In baseball, was All-Conference infielder in 1997 and All-Conference pitcher in 1998 ... Made All-State in soccer in 1998 and 1999.

PERSONAL: Son of John and Robbie Nichols ... Full name is Jonathan Robert Nichols ... Born: Sept. 28, 1981 ... Majoring in International Business ... Named to the 2002 Verizon District VI All-Academic second team ... Made Dean's Honor Roll in Fall of 2002, Fall of 2003 and Fall of 2004 ... Made U.M.A.A. Honor Roll in Spring of 2001 and Spring of 2002 ... Made Chancellor's Honor Roll in Spring of 2003 ... Named to SEC Academic Honor in 2002, 2003 and 2004 ... Made Dean's List in Spring of 2004.

NICHOLS' CAREER STATISTICS
--KICKING--

Year FG-FGA PCT. PAT-ATT PCT. TP
2001 3-6 .500 47-49 .959 56
2002 15-20 .750 40-40 1.000 85
2003 25-29 .862 49-49 1.000 124
2004 20-27 .741 19-19 1.000 79
Totals 63-82 .768 155-157 .987 344

--FG DISTANCE BREAKDOWN--

Year 0-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LG
2001 1-2 2-3 0-1 0-0 39
2002 5-6 4-8 5-5 1-1 50
2003 10-10 10-11 2-4 3-4 54
2004 8-8 7-10 5-7 0-2 49
Totals 24-26 23-32 12-17 4-7 54

--PUNTING--

Year G No. Yds LP Avg Blk
2002 13 2 54 32 27.0 0
2003 13 1 13 13 13.0 0
2004 11 1 30 30 30.0 0
Totals 48 4 97 32 24.2 0

--SPECIAL TEAMS TACKLES--

Year G UT AT TT
2001 11 1 0 1
2004 11 1 0 1
Totals 48 2 0 2

NICHOLS' CAREER HIGHS
PATs MADE: 8, vs. Louisiana-Monroe (9/13/2003)
PATs ATTEMPTED: 8, vs. Louisiana-Monroe (9/13/2003)
CONSECUTIVE PATs MADE: 117, (11/22/2001-11/27/2004)
FIELD GOALS MADE: 6, vs. Texas Tech (9/27/2003)
FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED: 6, vs. Texas Tech (9/27/2003)
CONSECUTIVE FGs MADE: 16, (11/28/2002-10/24/2003)
LONG FIELD GOAL: 54, at Vanderbilt (8/30/2003)
PTS SCORED: 21, vs. Texas Tech (9/27/2003)
PUNTS: 1,4x, MR: at Alabama (9/11/2004)
PUNTING YARDS: 32, vs. Louisiana-Monroe (8/31/2002)
LONGEST PUNT: 32, vs. Louisiana-Monroe (8/31/2002)
CAREER PUNTS INSIDE 20: 3

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