Nick Meadows is the 27th winner of the award, which was established in memory of Tommy Nickolich, a Fairmont, W. Va., native who was a walk-on at WVU before passing away from cancer prior to his junior season in 1983. Established in 1991, the winner is selected by the coaching staff and presented by the Blue and Gold News to the walk-on who has distinguished himself through his attitude and work ethic.
A redshirt senior, Meadows is an member of the All-Big 12 Academic team, the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, and West Virginia's Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll. Entering his second season as WVU's starting snapper, he handled every snap last year, and also got game action in 2015 against Liberty and Maryland. He was the Mountaineers' special teams champion in the win over BYU, duplicating that honor from the 2015 game against the Flames. He performed flawlessly in that role last year, without an errant snap on any of WVU's punts, field goals and extra points.
Nickolich received the award from head coach Dana Holgorsen prior to the spring game. A four-year member of the football team, Meadows has seen action over the last three seasons and was the starting long snapper during the 2016 year. He is majoring in sport and exercise psychology.
TOMMY NICKOLICH AWARD WINNERS