Illinois Football: Get pumped for DE James Crawford

Replacing two great Illinois football defensive ends will be difficult for Lovie Smith and Hardy Nickerson. Dawuane Smoot and Carroll Phillips both graduated after the 2016 season, and now the Illini are looking for their replacements. One player tabbed to take over the starting job is senior, James Crawford. Crawford wasn’t highly decorated coming out […] Illinois Football:...
Via Writing Illini
2 days ago

Cincinnati Bengals: Undrafted ILB Hardy Nickerson Jr tall task to make 53-man roster

The Cincinnati Bengals are deep at middle linebacker but that didn’t stop them from signing Illinois Fighting Illini senior Hardy Nickerson Jr after the NFL Draft was over. If the name sounds familiar- it is: Nickerson is the son of Pro Bowl linebacker Hardy Nickerson, a 16-year NFL veteran who mostly played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The elder Nickerson...
Via EndZoneScore
May 01, 2017

Reports: Cal negotiating with Justin Wilcox to be head coach

Cal may have a replacement for Sonny Dykes in the works. According to a few reports, the Golden Bears are in contract talks with Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox for the job. FOX’s Bruce Feldman first reported the news, while Scout’s Ryan Gorcey reported the same. SOURCE: #Cal in contract negotiations with #Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox to make him Bears new head...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Illini's Nickerson leads defense, looks to Michigan test

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) His Illinois team is a double-digit underdog, but Saturday will bring the kind of game Hardy Nickerson has been waiting for since he decided to transfer from Cal. Michigan. The Big House and 100,000-plus fans. A Wolverines fullback lined up across from him. ''This is the football that I always thought the Big Ten was about,'' the Illini linebacker said as...
Via Associated Press
October 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Like father, like son: Nickerson Jr. setting tone for Illini

Illinois coach Lovie Smith got a fantastic two-for-one deal when he hired Hardy Nickerson as his defensive coordinator. Once Nickerson arrived in Champaign, his son decided to follow as a graduate transfer from California. Hardy Jr.'s impact has been felt immediately. Though he didn't arrive until the start of preseason practice, the linebacker was elected a team captain. In the...
Via Associated Press
September 06, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Illini LB Hardy Nickerson Interview 8/31/16

FightingIllini.com's Jori Parys talked to senior linebacker and recently named team captain Hardy NIckerson after practice ahead to Saturday's season-opener against Murray State, Aug. 31, 2016.
Via Illinois Fighting Illini Athletics
September 01, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Illini Football DC Hardy Nickerson Mic'd Up | Aug. 2016

Fighting Illini football defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson mic'd up at an Illinois Training Camp practice – Aug. 2016.
Via Illinois Fighting Illini Athletics
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Illinois Sports: Nickersons Happy to Bring Father-Son

Here is the Illinois Sports news from around the country and around the internet. When Hardy Nickerson became the defensive coordinator of the Illinois football team it really helped solidify the Lovie Smith hire for head coach. Nickerson wasn’t the only addition to the team as well.  His son transferred in from California and is […] Illinois Sports: Nickersons Happy to Bring...
Via Writing Illini
August 13, 2016

WATCH: Illini DC Hardy Nickerson Post-Practice 8/12/16

Fighting Illini football defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson post-practice interview following training camp practice No. 8 – Aug. 12, 2016.
Via Illinois Fighting Illini Athletics
August 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Cal LB Hardy Nickerson Jr. transfers to Illinois to play for father

The Illinois Fighting Illini are looking to have a reboot over the next few years and that started with them hiring new head coach Lovie Smith. It looks like they are adding a big piece to their defense with Cal linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. He is going to be transferring from Cal with his degree for his final year of eligibility. He will be able to play immediately and will have...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 23, 2016  |  Discuss

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