MATT NICHOLS 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 4,472 yards with 28 touchdowns and only eight interceptions… His 103.8 quarterback-efficiency rating, 71.0 completion percentage and 3.5 touchdown-to-interception ratio all topped the Canadian Football League… Went 11-6 in his 12 regular-season starts, as a hand injury kept him out of the finale, a win in Calgary (started by Dan LeFevour)… Eclipsed the 300-passing mark in six games… Working with a broken ring finger on his throwing had and a calf injury, completed 23 of 33 for 334 yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions in Western Semi-Final loss to the Edmonton Eskimos.
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 BC… 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 Edmonton 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 Winnipeg’s starting quarterback; Edmonton selected DL Kwaku Boateng)… Winnipeg went 2-5 in Nichols seven starts, dropping four games by 13 total 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 originally 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 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns, three interceptions and a 107.7 quarterback rating… Suffered a devastating broken leg in the 2012 season 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 entrenched as the No. 1, Nichols completed 62.3 per cent of his passes in relief, with four touchdowns and five interceptions… In 2015 Nichols made seven starts with an injury to Mike Reilly, as the Eskimos went 5-2 before he was traded to Winnipeg.
2010 DALLAS COWBOYS
Signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, appearing in two preseason games before his release.
A four-year starter with the Eastern Washington Eagles, Nichols broke 14 school records and six Big-Sky Conference marks… Was named 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.
-Nichols Cements Spot As QB-1 — Year in Review #3, from December 23, 2017
-Nichols named Bombers MOP — from November 1, 2017
-Darren Cameron blog — ‘The Road to Here’ — from June 14, 2017
-Darren Cameron blog — ‘A True Manitoban’ — from January 25, 2017
-Matt Nichols – ‘The Guy’ — from January, 18, 2017
-48-Hour Primer: West Semfinal — from November 11, 2016
-Nichols feature prior to his first start of 2016 — from July 26, 2016
-Rapid Fire — from February, 23, 2016