Friday, January 2, 2009

Nickson: 'Best way you could end it'

Chris Nickson deserved a storybook ending.

The fifth-year senior quarterback was a major factor in getting the Commodores to its first bowl game since 1982. He led Vanderbilt to its first 5-0 start since World War II and played a key role in the sixth victory at Kentucky.

Even with injuries the past two seasons, Nickson guided Vanderbilt to 13 wins (in 27 games) during his three years as a starter and finished as the school's all-time leading rusher at that position.

"If you were writing a book, this is about the best way you could end it," Nickson told The Associated Press. "It's been a great journey for me, full of ups and downs. I've grown as a man and developed so much of my character just through football. It just shows if you put your mind to something you can finish it. It's been a great, great journey."

With eighteen starters from the bowl game scheduled to return in 2009, including redshirt freshman quarterback Larry Smith, the future looks promising according to Nickson.

"And we have about 12 other guys just like (Smith) on the bench right now. It's going to be fun watching them. I can't wait to see them play."

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1 comment:

  1. It has been nearly 48 hours since history was made with a 16-14 victory over No. 24 Boston College in the 11th Annual Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. Not only did the historical win mark the finishing touches on a story book season, it reenergized the thousands of Commodore faithful that made the trip over the Cumberland river to LP Field to cheer on their favorite team on the final day of the 2008 season.

    A tip of a cap to all of you Vanderbilt fans that have supported Commodore athletics over the years and a big thank you to everyone that made the Music City Bowl a day you will never forget.