July 30, 2009

Hopefully Matt Nichols is not on steroids

Thank you Dave Cook, there's nothing like sending me a little good news via email after Ortiz-gate.

On the cusp of breaking Eastern Washington University's career records for passing and total offense, senior quarterback Matt Nichols has been selected by The Sports Network as a preseason candidate for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.

A 33-game starter for the Eagles, Nichols was named to the Payton Watch List for the second-straight season after earning All-America honors and Big Sky Conference Offensive MVP accolades as a sophomore in 2007. The 2005 graduate of West Valley High School in Cottonwood, Calif., earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors a year ago, and enters his senior season with 8,786 yards passing, 9,376 yards of total offense and 63 touchdown passes in his career.

In other words, EWU quarterback Matt Nichols is really, really, really freakin good. I thought I had seen the best QB in school history when Erik Meyer was under center but Nichols might surpass him. While he wont have as much post-season success - that's kind of unfair because of the NCAA infractions slapped on the school this past year.

Oh and Nichols can grow one badass beard. Seriously, he looks like Tom Hanks in Castaway. Come late August, he'd better have a Peter Griffen-esque beard otherwise I will not be happy.

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