Well done, Mr. Nichols.

Duke’s Eli Nichols has been named one of 148 semifinalists for the 2006 Draddy Trophy, and honor awarded annually by the National Football Foundation to the student-athlete for combined academic success, football performance and community leadership.
A senior defensive lineman from Crawfordville, Fla., Nichols received Second Team Academic All-America honors in 2005. A three-year starter, Nichols holds career totals of 105 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss, six quarterback sacks and one interception in 31 games.

“The Draddy epitomizes everything right about college football,” said NFF President Steven J. Hatchell. “By recognizing this group, we highlight the countless hours and demands that each college football player must balance as they pursue their dreams of a higher education and their passion for football. The NFF has both the privilege and responsibility to pay tribute to this exceptional group of role models, who truly embody the term student- athlete.”

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