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May 27, 2013
2013 Prospective Player Profiles: Nicholas Bickham
Nicholas Bickham (St. Amant, La.) will be joining the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs' defensive line May 28th when he arrives for summer work outs. Bickham is excited about joining a defensive line that has so much experience at each position.
Bickham stands 6-feet-4 and weighs 245 pounds which means that he is one of the tallest and heaviest defensive ends in defensive line coach Stan Eggen's stable. Bickham will be joined by Hakim Gray as newcomers to a defensive line that is loaded with leadership and experience at all four positions.
Redshirt senior defensive ends IK Enemkpali and Kendrick James are not likely to be supplanted as the starting defensive ends for the 2013 season but Bickham understands that. Enemkpali was a first team All-WAC selection last year as well as the Fred Dean Defensive Player of the Year with 32 tackles and 6 sacks. Bickham doesn't know if he will be redshirted yet but he will accept whatever role coach Stan Eggen gives him even if that means being redshirted his freshman year.
"I wouldn't be surprised if I was redshirted because of the depth this defensive line has," Bickham said. "I would like to get bigger and stronger. I would like to put on some weight and I feel like sitting behind these guys for a year would be beneficial to me as much as I would love to see the field this season, I want to do what is best for the team, not myself."
Kevin Kisseberth hosted Bickham during his official visit in January of 2012 and Bickham said that the two stay in touch. Bickham believes that he and Kisseberth are a lot alike on the field.
"I think coach Eggen did a great job choosing Kevin as my host," Bickham told BleedTechBlue.com. "I think I play a lot like Kevin. He's not the biggest guy on the field or the strongest but he works really hard and plays with a lot of heart the way I do. Talent can only bring you so far, after that you have to have heart and dedication to get to the Promised Land."
Most importantly, more so than football, Bickham chose Louisiana Tech for academics. Bickham doesn't want to fall prey to the mentality that football is his only future. He wants to have an education so that he will have a backup plan if his dream of playing in the NFL doesn't work out.
"I took education for granted in high school," Bickham said. "I was so involved with football that I didn't really apply myself in the class room as much as I could have. I don't want to do that in college. I'm going to take my education very seriously."
Although Bickham doesn't expect to play on the offensive side of the ball, he did mention that in high school he played on the offensive line and at the tight end position as well as at the defensive end position.
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