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Hardy Nickerson
LB #56
Height:
6-0
Weight:
232
Age:
23
College:
Illinois
Hometown:
Oakland, Calif.
Experience:
R

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Bio

      A college free agent LB looking to crack Bengals roster after a productive college career ... Played three seasons at California before joining Illinois in 2016 as a graduate transfer ... Twice a team captain, once at California and once at Illinois ... A volume tackler, he logged double-digit tackles in seven of 12 games in 2016 ... Closed collegiate career with 353 tackles, good for sixth among active FBS players at the end of 2016 ... Son of former NFL LB Hardy Nickerson Sr., a five-time Pro-Bowler who Marvin Lewis coached with Steelers in 1992 during his first season as an NFL coach.

      A college free agent LB looking to crack Bengals roster after a productive college career ... Played three seasons at California before joining Illinois in 2016 as a graduate transfer ... Twice a team captain, once at California and once at Illinois ... A volume tackler, he logged double-digit tackles in seven of 12 games in 2016 ... Closed collegiate career with 353 tackles, good for sixth among active FBS players at the end of 2016 ... Son of former NFL LB Hardy Nickerson Sr., a five-time Pro-Bowler who Marvin Lewis coached with Steelers in 1992 during his first season as an NFL coach.

 

     Career transactions: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-5-17.

 

     College highlights: Spent four years (2012-15) at California, with a redshirt year in ’12, before joining Illinois in ’16 as a graduate transfer ... Played in 47 career games (35 at Cal, 12 at Illinois), with 39 starts (27 Cal, 12 Illinois) ... Totaled 353 tackles (sixth among active FBS players at the end of 2016), including 14.5 for losses, with four sacks, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three INTs. 2016—Joined Illinois program prior to season as a graduate transfer and played under his father, Illinois defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson Sr. ... Team captain ... All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches and media) ... Started all 12 games, and seven times recorded double-digit tackles ... Totaled 107 tackles (led team), including 5.5 for losses, with two sacks, two PDs, a fumble recovery and two INTs ... Logged 11 tackles, including a sack, in Illini debut vs. Murray State ... Recorded season-high 14 tackles at Michigan ... Logged 10 tackles, including one for a loss, in win vs. Michigan State ... Eight tackles and two INTs vs. Purdue. 2015—Team captain; started all 13 games for Cal ... Led team with 112 tackles (most by a Cal player since 2009), including two for losses, with a sack and a fumble recovery ... Named All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention by conference coaches ... Named Cal’s Team MVP ... Logged eight tackles at UCLA ... Recorded 11 tackles on three occasions: at Utah, at Stanford and in Armed Forces Bowl vs. Air Force ... Had 13 tackles on two occasions: vs. USC and at Oregon ... Recorded career-high 16 tackles vs. Arizona State, his final home game at Cal. 2014—Played in all 12 games at Cal, with six starts ... Totaled 69 tackles, including two for losses, with an INT and a forced fumble ... Recorded nine tackles vs. Colorado, including a critical stop on third-and-goal from the Cal one-yard line on Colorado’s second OT drive ... Nine tackles and an INT at USC. 2013—Played in 10 games, with eight starts ... Totaled 64 tackles, including five for losses, with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... Logged 11 tackles vs. Portland State, his first career start ... Tallied 11 tackles vs. Ohio State ... Recorded nine tackles at UCLA, including one for a loss, along with a pass breakup ... Five tackles and a forced fumble vs. Oregon. 2012—Did not play (redshirt).

 

     High school: Attended Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif. ... Totaled 153 tackles, with a sack, INT and FR as a senior, en route to being named All-Metro by the San Francisco Chronicle ... Also played RB, totaling 78 rushes for 453 yards and six TDs, as well as eight receptions for 48 yards ... Named one of three National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Outstanding Scholar Athletes from Alameda County.

 

     Personal: Hometown is Oakland, Calif. ... Graduated from Cal in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in legal studies ... Father, Hardy Nickerson Sr., played 16 seasons in the NFL (including one under Marvin Lewis when Lewis was LBs coach in Pittsburgh in 1992), earning four all-pro and five Pro Bowl selections ... Has a twin sister, Haleigh, who also attended Cal.

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