Hometown: State Center, Iowa
Previous School: West Marshall HS
2009: Academic all-Midwest Collegiate Conference...Competed in both the indoor and outdoor seasons...During the outdoor season, broke the school record with a season-best hammer throw of 144-9 at the Central Invitational on 4/4...Also had season-best tosses of 40-6 in the shot put and 129-6 in the discus, both at the MCC Championships on 5/1...Had a season-long javelin throw of 153-2 at the Augustana Early Spring Opener on 3/21...Scored points at the league championships in the hammer throw (5th), discus (5th), and shot put (8th)...During the indoor season, led Penn with a season-best weight throw of 43-7.75 at the MCC Indoor Championships on 2/21...Also had a season-best shot put mark of 41-9.75 at the Iowa State Open on 1/24...Scored points at the league championships in the weight throw (5th) and shot put (8th).
2008: Academic all-Midwest Collegiate Conference...School record-holder in the hammer throw with a toss of 122-2 at the MCC Championships on 5/1-2...Tallied season bests of 38-5.5 in the shot put and 122-10 in the discus, both at the MCC Championships, and 132-11 in the javelin at the Dick Young Classic on 4/19....Scored points at the league championships by placing fifth in both the discus and hammer throw.
2007: Academic all-Midwest Collegiate Conference...School record-holder in the hammer throw with a throw of 110-3 at the Dick Young Invitational on 4/21...Finished seventh with a throw of 110-2 at the MCC Championships on 5/3-4...Led the team in the shot put as well, with a toss of 40-9.5 at the Central Invitational on 4/6...Also led Penn in the javelin throw with a toss of 141-8 at the Central Invitational...Was fifth at the Championships at 138-1...Had the same distance at the MCC Championships to place seventh...Tallied the squad's third-best discus throw of 127-2 to place seventh at the Championships.
2006: Redshirted season.
High School: First-team all-district offensive lineman at West Marshall HS...Three-year starter on the offensive line...Four-sport athlete for three years and three-sport athlete one year...Holds the school record in the shot put and discus.
Personal: Son of Kim and Ginger Nichols...Born June 10, 1986...Major is business management.