Prep profile: Lincoln senior Drake Nickels (video)

Prep profile: Lincoln senior Drake Nickels (video)


Prep profile: Lincoln senior Drake Nickels (video)


Sport Drake competes in:


All-time team sports achievement:

“Being named captain of the soccer team.”

No. 1 athletic goal:

“To play soccer collegiately.”

Drake’s thoughts

“I feel as if we are doing well as a team both on and off the field. There are things we do need to work on, but once we fix those little things I think we will be an extremely effective team.”

Coach Chris Callen’s thoughts

“Drake’s starting off strong as he has as a sophomore and junior so it’s no surprise to me that he’s been playing well lately. He’s been a rock since be brought him up as a sophomore and starting all but two games. Off the field he’s a guy who’s really easy to like. He’s an incredibly hard worker, he’s working hard when no one is watching. He’s extremely talented on the field and ranks No. 8 in his class out of 400 for his GPA. He’s the type of guy we love having in our program and someone the younger kids can look up to.”

Drake’s favorites

* Sport: Soccer

* Pro/college athlete: Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

* Pro/college team: German national soccer team

* Musical artist or group: Imagine Dragons

* Song of all time: “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay

* TV show: Big Bang Theory

* Movie: Bourne Trilogy

* Class: Calculus

* Food: Greek spaghetti

* Saying or piece of advice: “Leave it all on the field.”

* Hobby: Playing piano

What if …

* You could be any celebrity on earth for a week. Who would it be? Matt Damon

* You could listen to a song minutes before the biggest athletic event of your life to get you hyped. What would it be? “Demons” by Imagine Dragons

* You could meet one famous person, a non-athlete, who would it be? Nelson Mandela

Quick Q&A

* Who inspires you most? My team

* What is your dream vacation destination? Greece

* Who’s the toughest opponent you have ever faced? Myself

* What’s your No. 1 pet peeve? “Walking on the field.”

* What do you want to do for a living? “Be a mechanical engineer.”

* Why are sports important to you? “It allows you to compete and show the skills you have developed, as well as the people you play with on the field. It allows you to build relationships with people that will last a long time.”

* What’s your strength as a person? “Determination and discipline to keep going. I finish things that I am in.”

* What do you still need to work on? “Not getting down on myself for my mistakes.”

* Do you have any pre-game rituals? “I touch the four corners of the goal.”

* Top person you follow, or would follow, on Twitter? Stephen Colbert


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