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Matt
Nichols
#15 Quarterback
Matt
Nichols
#15 Quarterback
Height 6'2
Weight 216 lbs
Birth Date (Age) 1987-03-19 (31)
Born Redding, CA
School Eastern Washington
INT / NAT INT
Completions 254
Attempts 392
Yards 3146
Touchdowns 18

Honour Roll

-Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Player: 2016, 2017

2017: Blue Bombers

Backed up his 2016 season with an even better 2017, setting career-best marks for passing with 4,472 yards and 28 touchdowns against just eight interceptions in 17 games… His 103.8 quarterback-efficiency rating, 71.0 completion percentage and 3.5 touchdown-to-interception ratio all topped the CFL… Went 11-6 in his 17 regular-season starts, as a hand injury kept him out of the regular-season finale win in Calgary (started by Dan LeFevour)… Eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark in six games… Working with a broken ring finger on his throwing hand and a calf injury he completed 23 of 33 passes for 334 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions in the West Semi-Final loss to Edmonton… Named the Bombers Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive season.

2016: Blue Bombers

Played his first full season for the Bombers in 2016, passing for a career high 3,666 yards which ranked fifth overall in the CFL… Started the final 13 games after backing up Drew Willy to start the season and began with a 7-0 run to lead the club to the playoffs for the first time since 2011… One of only three CFL QBs to lead their club to 10-plus wins in 2016 as the Bombers went 10-3 in his starts… Passed for a playoff and overall career-high 390 yards in the 2016 West Semi-Final at B.C… Had a streak of 166 consecutive passes without an interception… Named the Bombers Most Outstanding Player… Signed to a contract extension on January 18, 2017.

2015: Blue Bombers

The Bombers acquired Nichols from the Eskimos on September 2, 2015 after injuries to both Drew Willy and Robert Marve for a conditional seventh-round draft choice in 2017 (later became a fifth-round selection after Nichols became the starting quarterback; Edmonton selected DL Kwaku Boateng)… Winnipeg went 2-5 in the seven games started by Nichols, dropping four of those games by a total of 13 points, as he threw for 1,757 yards with 10 TDs against seven interceptions… Re-signed on January 5, 2016.

2010-15: Edmonton Eskimos

Signed with Edmonton on October 13, 2010 and spent the final three games on the practice roster… Dressed for all 18 games in 2012, backing up Kerry Joseph and Steven Jyles, completing 57.8 per cent of his passes for seven touchdowns, three interceptions and a 107.7 quarterback rating… Suffered a devastating broken leg in the 2012 playoffs… During the 2013 preseason Nichols was battling Mike Reilly for the Eskimos starting QB job when he suffered a year-ending knee injury… With Reilly then entrenched as the No. 1 QB, Nichols completed 62.3 per cent of his passes in relief in 2014, with four touchdowns and five interceptions… In 2015, Nichols made seven starts with Reilly injured and the Eskimos went 5-2 before he was traded to Winnipeg.

Professional:

Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, appearing in two preseason games before his release.

College:

A four-year starter with the Eastern Washington Eagles, Nichols broke 14 school records and six Big Sky Conference marks… Was the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2009… His career passing yards (12,616) were the most in Big Sky Conference history.

 

Seasons

Passing

YEAR TEAM GP COMP ATT YDS TD INT AVG
2012
EDM 8 48 83 884 7 3 10.7
2014
EDM 7 94 151 1014 4 5 6.7
2015
EDM 8 128 209 1488 9 10 7.1
2015
WPG 8 149 248 1757 10 7 7.1
2016
WPG 15 327 471 3666 18 9 7.8
2017
WPG 17 411 579 4472 28 8 7.7
2018
WPG 14 254 392 3146 18 13 8.0
Total
77 1411 2133 16427 94 55 7.7

Rushing

YEAR TEAM GP CAR YDS TDS AVG LG
2012
EDM 18 10 76 1 7.6 19
2014
EDM 18 16 41 2 2.6 6
2015
EDM 9 10 21 0 2.1 7
2015
WPG 9 19 112 0 5.9 23
2016
WPG 18 35 90 6 2.6 15
2017
WPG 18 26 188 2 7.2 41
2018
WPG 15 15 52 1 3.5 12
Total
105 131 580 12 4.4 41

Game Log

Passing

DATE WEEK OPP COMP ATT YDS TD INT AVG
07-07
4 BC 16 29 162 1 0 5.6
07-14
5 BC 17 28 214 0 3 7.6
07-21
6 TOR 18 26 244 2 0 9.4
07-27
7 TOR 19 28 253 2 1 9.0
08-10
9 HAM 13 24 180 2 0 7.5
08-17
10 OTT 23 35 291 2 1 8.3
08-25
11 CGY 29 44 258 1 2 5.9
09-02
12 SSK 14 26 166 1 2 6.4
09-08
13 SSK 10 20 165 0 3 8.3
09-21
15 MTL 18 25 256 1 0 10.2
09-29
16 EDM 16 20 179 0 1 9.0
10-05
17 OTT 27 36 265 3 0 7.4
10-13
18 SSK 10 18 155 1 0 8.6
10-26
20 CGY 24 33 358 2 0 10.8
11-11
22 SSK 16 22 169 1 0 7.7
11-18
23 CGY 15 32 156 0 0 4.9
Total
285 446 3471 19 13 7.9

Rushing

DATE WEEK OPP CAR YDS TD AVG LG
07-07
4 BC 0 0 0 0.0 0
07-14
5 BC 0 0 0 0.0 0
07-21
6 TOR 1 1 1 1.0 1
07-27
7 TOR 1 1 0 1.0 1
08-10
9 HAM 0 0 0 0.0 0
08-17
10 OTT 1 12 0 12.0 12
08-25
11 CGY 0 0 0 0.0 0
09-02
12 SSK 3 16 0 5.3 8
09-08
13 SSK 0 0 0 0.0 0
09-21
15 MTL 3 7 0 2.3 4
09-29
16 EDM 1 3 0 3.0 3
10-05
17 OTT 2 7 0 3.5 6
10-13
18 SSK 0 0 0 0.0 0
10-26
20 CGY 3 5 0 1.7 3
11-03
21 EDM 0 0 0 0.0 0
11-11
22 SSK 1 5 0 5.0 5
11-18
23 CGY 2 10 0 5.0 8
Total
18 67 1 4.0 51