As a sophomore last season, Noechel recorded 17 tackles. He also saw some varsity action on special teams as a redshirt freshman. Noechel was also selected by the coaches as the 2001 Danny Van Etten Award winner, which is presented to the defensive player of the year on the Mountaineer scout team.
The 6-2, 230 pound linebacker was a three-sport captain at East Fairmont High, and is also a member of the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.
The Nickolich trophy is presented annually to a walk-on player who has distinguished himself through attitude and work ethic.
It was established in 1991 as a memorial to Tom Nickolich, a former WVU walk-on player who died of cancer in 1983. The Blue & Gold News is proud to be a part of this award.
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