Utah Football POY: Scott Nichols

Utah Football POY: Scott Nichols

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Utah Football POY: Scott Nichols


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THE WINNER: Scott Nichols


School: Bingham (South Jordan, Utah)

Grade: Senior

Position: RB

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 177 pounds

Athletic achievement: He led the Miners (14-0) and the Class 5A state championship this past season. Named Region III Most Valuable Player, Nichols rushed for 1,675 yards and 20 touchdowns on 225 carries. He also hauled in 16 catches for 247 yards and three touchdowns. In a 38-13, title-clinching victory against Brighton, Nichols rushed for 184 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in addition to snatching a 51-yard touchdown reception.

Academic excellence: Also a track and field standout, Nichols has maintained a 3.33 GPA.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered to benefit the local homeless community on behalf of a shelter service and multiple clothing drives.


“Scott Nichols is an exceptional football player,” said Bingham offensive coordinator John Lambourne. “His work ethic is tremendous. He is a great example who inspires his teammates. I have coached 30 years of high school football. A number of his performances this season rank up there among the best that I have seen. Pound for pound, I believe that Scott is the hardest-running back that I have coached. His combination of balance, speed, strength and agility is outstanding.”

THE FUTURE: Nichols remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.


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