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NSU Colonel Finalizes 2010 Schedule, Roster
Nicholls football finalized the schedule for the 2010 season and added three more players to their 2010 class.
The Colonels will open the 2010 year with three consecutive road games, all against Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision opponents, the first against San Diego State on Sept. 4.
The Colonels will then take on Western Michigan on Sept. 11, and play South Alabama the following week.
“We are excited about the high level of Division I competition that we will play to start the season,” head coach Charlie Stubbs said. “Playing teams such as San Diego State, Western Michigan and South Alabama can only help us grow and mature as a team in time for conference.”
Nicholls will play its first home game of the season against Bacone College on Sept. 25 for the University’s Homecoming. The Colonels will begin conference play after an open date on Oct. 11 against Sam Houston State.
Nicholls newest additions to the 2010 signing class include linebacker Ryan Bruno from St. Michael the Archangel in Baton Rouge, wide receiver Brad Nelson from Catholic High in Baton Rouge and Michael Woods from Livonia High in Livonia.
“We’re going to bring in from this signing class approximately 30 young men on some portion of a scholarship,” Stubbs said. “That should get our numbers up for 80 to 90 for fall camp. They definitely have to be ready to come through and be ready to play. It’s best to come in prepared to play, and then if we decide to hold you back, we can. We’re preparing for them to come in and contribute.”
Bruno gathered First Team All-District honors and All-State Honorable Mention as a senior. Bruno accounted for more than 200 career tackles and 24 takedowns for a loss, leading the team in tackles both his junior and senior season.
Like Bruno, Nelson was named First Team All-District and All-State Honorable Mention as a senior. Nelson led his team his senior year with 69 receptions for 1,110 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Woods was named to the All-Parish First Team and All-District Honorable Mention as a senior. Woods had a total of 11 sacks his senior season.
“There are so many new changes in the way of scheme that there is just a lot of opportunity for guys that are new and for guys that are here. It will be a fun spring to see how guys here adapt some new thoughts and a new system,” Stubbs said.
From National Signing Day to the present, the Colonels have signed 15 Louisiana athletes. Stubbs has made it known that he’s committed to recruiting in Louisiana first.
“There are very good athletes in Louisiana that are well coached,” Stubbs said. “We have a limited budget, and I want to fill the stadium. I want that crowd to be our 12th man, and you do that by playing with kids from the state. If you’re playing with kids from the state and playing good football, the next thing you know, the stadium is packed and you have an electric atmosphere.”
The Colonels have 30 recruits for their 2010 class.