Nicholas comes to the Buccaneers after spending the past three seasons working as a defensive quality control analyst at the University of South Florida in Tampa. During his time with the Bulls, he assisted with both the linebackers and defensive line, while also helping both the defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Nicholas played collegiately at USF, finishing his career with school records in both sacks and tackles for loss. He went on to be selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He spent seven seasons with the Falcons (2007-13), playing in 101 games, with 378 tackles, 8.0 sacks and two interceptions.
Nicholas assisted the Buccaneers during Organized Team Activities last offseason, as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. He is the fourth member from the NFL’s development programs to be added to the team, joining Bill Walsh Fellows Wide Receivers Coach Skyler Fulton and Assistant to the Head Coach Anthony Perkins, as well as Pro Scout Alex Smith, who participated in the Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship.