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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Brandon Nicholson, OT, Notre Dame College (OH)

Brandon Nicholson Notre Dame College
Brandon Nicholson from Notre Dame College is considered to be one of the best offensive tackles in Div II football. He recently sat down with Draft Diamonds writer’s Jimmy Williams and Justin Berendzen.

Tell us about your university/college. Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football? 

Notre Dame College is a school located in South Euclid, Ohio. As most people know It’s a small school, but it’s a family. I am happy that I decided to go there. 

How did you end up at Notre Dame College?

I was recruited by Notre Dame my senior year of high school. Notre Dame college reached out to me with an opportunity and I haven’t looked back since. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

Consistency. Being able to play at a high level all the time. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

I’m considered the old guy on the team now. I do not have a leadership title, but guys on the team can come talk to me about anything. Football or non- football related. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college? 

Kahzin Daniels 

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Nick Beans or Michael Kyle. Nick And Mike both play with tremendous heart and effort. Both consistent and very physical. 

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle. 

The death of my grandfather, but it wasn’t just hard because of my grandfather but, It was hard because of how hard my father took it. I didn’t like to see him like that. 

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What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement? 

I was named Second Team All American in 2019, and I’ve been First Team All Conference twice; although, my biggest achievement will be getting my degree from school. That would make my parents happy and that would be something I’m most proud of. 

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career. 

The game winning play against Charleston in 2018 to win Notre Dame College it’s first Conference Championship. 

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play? 

I played basketball and participated in track & field in high school. My best in the shot put was 52’ 2.72”. I preferred basketball though being a Cavs fan.

What was your major/minor? Other than football, what would be your dream job? 

My major is Business Administration 

What have you been working on in the off-season?

I am working on becoming more explosive and flexible. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after? 

My favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. My favorite player of all time is definitely Joe Thomas.  

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Do you have any secret talents?

I enjoy playing basketball and video games from time to time. 

Why do you play football? 

Growing up, I always knew my dad played football when he was a kid and I wanted to be like him. That’s what started it all. 

Who or what motivates you the most? 

My family. I owe it to them to give it everything I have. 

So Notre Dame College are the Falcons what Falcon qualities would you say you have?

Some Falcon qualities that I have are resiliency, competitiveness, and confidence. Those are some of my Falcon qualities.

If your life was a TV show what would you call it and why?

I would call it. Forest Whitaker’s Second life. I only say that because my whole life people have been telling me I look like Forest Whitaker.

What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

My mindset is domination, but under control. Dominate the opponent without taking yourself over the edge.

What is your Favorite experience from playing college football?

Winning the first football Conference Championship at Notre Dame College in 2018.

What is your favorite dinner?

Grilled chicken with a side of white rice and a baked potato.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

I would hang out with Joe Thomas because he is one of my favorite players. I would want to get to know him as a person and pick his brain about football.

What is your nickname or if you don’t have a nickname what would you make up as your nickname?

Everybody calls me Bnick that’s my nickname.

What would a team get in a player like you?

The team would get a ball player. They would get a humble, but confident player. A player you can trust on and off the field.

If you were an animal which animal would you be and why?

I would go with a bear. A bear because I feel like that animal describes me. They are calm, they stay to themselves for the most part until you irritate them. They also sleep a lot and I like sleep.

If you could live anywhere in the world where and why?

To be honest I wouldn’t mind living in Ohio, but if I had to pick most likely Florida. For the fact that the winter is no where near as bad as Ohio’s.

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