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    Ronnie Nicks


    Kilgore, TX

    High School:


    Inside Linebacker


    HS Coach:
    Mike Vallery

    Notre Dame starter at inside linebacker heading into '99 campaign . . . slated to be regular on strong side, joining Anthony Denman as projected starters inside . . . quality player when he's on the field who only needs to avoid injuries that have bothered him . . . hard hitter who has begun to show the durability required . . . ranks as most experienced of returnees at inside linebacker, with his experience a factor in leadership void left by graduation of Bobbie Howard, Jimmy Friday and Kory Minor from linebacking unit . . . started a couple of games as sophomore, so has proven he can play big-time role . . . former defensive back who brings physical presence to the lineup . . . once played both safety and fullback for Irish in rookie campaign . . . Irish coaches believe he can be consistent playmaker this time around.

    AS A JUNIOR: Played in nine games in '98 as reserve at inside linebacker, including vs. Georgia Tech in '99 Gator Bowl . . . made 45 regular-season special team appearances, then two more in Gator Bowl . . . suffered sprained neck early in Michigan State contest and didn't play vs. Purdue, but returned for Stanford game and made two solo tackles . . . added three stops vs. Arizona State . . . sat out Army game with minor injury and missed Navy game as well.

    AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in four games in '97 as inside linebacker before knee injury ended his season . . . made first career start at inside linebacker vs. Purdue with Bobbie Howard out with injury and made five tackles plus two quarterback hurries . . . forced two fumbles in fourth period vs. Michigan while also making eight tackles . . . did not play in Georgia Tech opener and sat out Stanford game with back problems . . . started again vs. Pittsburgh, but tore right knee cartilage in first period, had Oct. 15 arthroscopic surgery and missed rest of the season.

    AS A FRESHMAN: Played in eight games as rookie in '96, missing only Washington, Air Force and Boston College games . . . made 58 appearances with Irish special teams . . . worked at inside linebacker, safety and fullback at different points during '96.

    HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected as East Texas defensive player of the year as senior in '95 by Longview News-Journal . . . three-year starter, at strong safety as senior and at free safety before that . . . earned three letters in football at Kilgore High School in Kilgore, Texas . . . named District 17-4A MVP, second team all-state . . . helped team win '95 district title and advance to Region III playoffs . . . had 87 tackles and three interceptions as senior . . . scored eight touchdowns as running back in goal-line situations . . . had 90 solo tackles, six interceptions and three fumbles caused as junior in '94 . . . born 12-18-77 in Kilgore, Texas . . . full name is Ronnie Glenn Nicks . . . enrolled in College of Arts and Letters with major in sociology.

           G-GS   Time    Solo  Asst. Tot.  TL-Yds. FC  FR
    1996   8-0    1:12    0     2     2     0       0   0
    1997   4-2    32:43   11    6     17    1-1     2   1
    1998   8-0    28:13   8     2     10    0-0     0   0
    TOTAL  20-2   62:08   19    10    29    1-1     2   1

    The Ronnie Nicks File

    • The Irish offensive player who will surprise people this year is Raki Nelson
    • The Irish defensive player who will surprise people this year is Anthony Denman
    • The sports teams I followed when I was younger were The Dallas Cowboys and Oakland A's
    • A word to describe me on the field is Intense
    • A word to describe me off the field is Quiet
    • Other than Notre Dame Stadium, my favorite college stadium in which to play football is Memorial Stadium (Austin, Texas)
    • The area I would like to improve as a football player is My footwork
    • If I could play another position on the other side of the ball it would be Tailback
    • My greatest personal athletic moment was Against Michigan
    • The most stimulating class I ever took at Notre Dame was Statistics
    • The people who have helped me the most since I've been at Notre Dame are Dr. Holly Martin, Mary Ann Spence and Pat Holmes
    • The top three teams in college football this year will be Notre Dame and that's all that matters
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