U.S. Grant senior Christian Nicholson, 6-foot-1, 218 pounds, has had a different head coach every season, but he's excited about the direction of the program under Dan Burgess this season. Nicholson is also getting some recruiting attention from a few Division II programs:
How has the preseason gone under Coach Burgess?
It's been different. We're working hard. Long hours. But we've got a ways to go. We've got to take the steps to get there, and we'll get there eventually, but it's a long road ahead. I'm seeing some positive stuff. The one thing Grant has is people with heart. We might lose a lot or get stomped down, but when we come back, we come back with heart.
We're excited about this year. We're going to try to cheer the fans on and get them motivated. They'll maybe get to see some wins, and if not wins, some close games. We can get there, though. We can win some games. I believe that.
Will you be starting on both sides of the ball?
Yes, and I'm on special teams. I'm pretty much on the field ‘til the fourth quarter ends. It's good, because you get right in your conditioning, and you get to have a lot of fun.
What position do college recruiters see you playing at the next level?
Most people say defensive end is the best spot for me. I just need to put some weight on. My speed and strength are decent, but my weight is too low. That's my favorite position. It's the one I have passion for.