Spartan commit earns player of year honors

Lowell, Mich., quarterback Keith Nichol didn't wait long to end the recruiting process when he committed to Michigan State back in the middle of the summer before his junior year even started. Now after finishing the season 9-2, Nichol has reaped some great rewards.
"He was just named the player of the year in Michigan by the Associated Press," Nichol's coach, Noel Dean, said.
"He was also their first-team all-state quarterback. He was all-state last season, too, so that's the second year in a row that he got the honor."
And it sounds like it's a well deserved honor for the 6-foot-, 185-pound dual-threat quarterback. Nichol, one of's 2007 top 100 juniors to watch, had a great junior season.
"He threw for 2,100 yards and rushed for 1,100 yards," Dean said. "He was our starting quarterback when we won it all last year, so he's 23-2 as a starter. The kid is a wonderful young man, and is first class all the way around."
Nichol, who also had offers from Cincinnati, Purdue and Wisconsin before he committed, has also saw his game improve, his coach said.
"He throws the ball extremely well, and has made some strides," Dean said. "He's a great player. He runs with speed and has great strength. He also has a very solid arm. He's a true dual-threat quarterback.
"He's one of the best I've coached."