2015 – Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominee … Wuerffel Trophy preseason watch list … Athlon Sports preseason fourth-team All-ACC … Orange Bowl Courage Award nominee. 2014 – Phil Steele preseason All-ACC fourth-team …Athlon Sports preseason third-team All-ACC … Recognized on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. 2013 – Phil Steele midseason All-ACC second-team … Phil Steele preseason All-ACC second-team … Athlon Sports preseason All-ACC second-team. 2012 – All-ACC honorable mention … Coaches All-ACC honorable mention … VaSID All-State first-team … Phil Steele preseason All-ACC fourth team. 2011 – Named a second-team Freshman All-American by Yahoo! Sports and CollegeFootballNews.com … VaSID All-State second-team.
Career – Until his season-ending injury in 2013, of the 2,055 defensive plays Virginia had lined up for since the opening game of the 2011 season, Nicholson had played 1,981 of those plays, meaning since Sept. 3, 2011 he had played 96.39 percent of UVA’s defensive plays until he was injured late in the third quarter against Ball State.
2015 – Appeared in 10 of UVA’s 12 games with four starts … missed the Boise State game with an injury … made starts against No. 13 UCLA, William & Mary, Georgia Tech and Miami … made seven stops at UCLA … recorded five stops against William & Mary … made five tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss at North Carolina … also forced a fumble … made four tackles and broke up one pass against Georgia Tech … made six tackles at Miami … five of the stops against the Hurricanes were solo tackles … posted five tackles and 1.0 tackles for loss against Duke. 2014 – Received a medical hardship due to a toe injury that resulted in missing the final seven games of the 2013 season … started the only game in which he appeared … made five tackles and intercepted one pass in the end zone against Kent State … shut down by the medical staff for the final seven games of the season. 2013 – Started UVA’s first five games before being sidelined the remainder of the season with a lower extremity injury sustained in the third quarter against Ball State … made 20 tackles on the season and broke up four passes … made five tackles in season-opening win against BYU … had five tackles against BYU … recorded two tackles against Oregon … broke up two passes against VMI … made five tackles and his lone interception of the season at Pitt … recorded seven total tackles against Ball State before being injured. 2012 – One of 11 Cavaliers to start all 12 games … tied for the ACC lead in pass breakups with 15 … No. 4 on the team with 56 tackles … had 1.5 tackles for loss …made five tackles against Richmond … recorded eight tackles and broke up three passes against Penn State … had five tackles against Louisiana Tech and helped hold one of the nation’s most prolific offenses to its lowest output of total yards (385) on the season and only game the Bulldogs were held under 400 yards … made three stops and broke up a pass at NC State … made six stops against Miami and broke up one pass … had nine tackles and broke up a pass against North Carolina … had five tackles and broke up two passes at Virginia Tech. 2011 – Became the first true freshman at UVA to start a season-opening game at CB since Kevin Cook did so in 1986 … became the first true freshman at UVA to start a season-opening game at any position since OL Branden Albert in 2005 … one of 12 true freshmen to make collegiate debut against William & Mary … one of 13 Cavaliers to start all 13 games … had a career-high nine tackles against Southern Miss … two INTs this season (William & Mary and Georgia Tech) … No. 4 on the team with 60 tackles … tied with Chase Minnifield for the team led with eight pass breakups … made seven tackles at then-No. 23 Florida State … made four tackles and forced a fumble against Auburn in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL
Defensive back and WR at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach … 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia … ESPNU Top 150 prospect … Under Armour first team All-American … Virginian-Pilot all-Tidewater Player of the Year … The No. 39 prospect on SI.com’s 247Sports’ Top 100 Recruits list … SuperPrep Elite 50 prospect, ranked No. 12 … SuperPrep All-American … Beach District Defensive Player of the Year … ranked No. 5 CB in nation by Rivals.com … No 2 recruit in state according to Rivals.com … rated No. 92 recruit in nation by Rivals.com … ranked No. 4 CB in nation by ESPN.com … rated No. 92 overall prospect in nation by ESPN.com … earned a scouts grade of 81 from ESPN.com … ranked No. 3 CB in nation by Scout.com … four-star recruit according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com, and Scout.com … first-team Associated Press 2010 All-Group AAA football team … two-way star for coach Darnell Moore, earning first team all-district honors at WR and DB … notched 38 receptions for 597 yards and eight touchdowns his senior year as the Marlins captured their second-straight Beach District title and advanced to the AAA Div. 6 state semifinals … recorded five catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns in the 2010 AAA Eastern Region championship game to lead Bayside to its first title since 1992 … appeared in the 2010 Under Armour All-America game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida … only player from the state of Virginia invited to play in the game … first-team All-Tidewater and all-district selection at both WR and DB as a junior … recorded eight interceptions and allowed only five completions his junior season … four-year starter on both sides of the ball … goes by the nickname Tra’ (Trey).