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Hakeem Nicks
No. 88     New York Giants
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: January 14, 1988 (1988-01-14) (age 22)
Place of birth: Charlotte, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 2009 for the New York Giants
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month (October 2009)
  • Most career receptions in UNC history (181)
  • Most career TD receptions in UNC history (21)
  • Most single-season TD receptions in UNC history (12)
  • 2007 First-Team All-ACC by Rivals.com
  • 2007 Second-Team All-ACC by The Associated Press
  • 2008 First-Team All-ACC by ACSMA/AP
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     47
Receiving Yards     790
Receiving TDs     6
Stats at NFL.com

Hakeem Nicks (born January 14, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina.

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Early years

Nicks was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He attended Charlotte Independence High School. Playing football there, he was rated as one of the Top 10 Players in North Carolina by SuperPrep and Rivals.com.[1] He was also named the Charlotte Observer Offensive Player of the Year and was also selected to the North Carolina Associated Press All-State team. He never lost a game in high school, and completed his senior year with MVP honors at the 4-AA state championship game. In the game, he posted eight catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns (one for 11 and another for 80 yards). He posted 93 catches for 1,819 yards and 20 touchdowns in his senior year.

College career

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Freshman year

During his freshman season, Nicks started all 11 games in which he played, missing one game due to an ankle sprain. Nicks led the team and set UNC single-season records for receptions and receiving yards by a freshman. Ranked third in the ACC in receiving yards per game and eighth in receptions per game.

Sophomore year

Nicks improved dramatically in his sophomore season, setting a single-season school record with 74 catches for 958 receiving yards along with five touchdowns. His single-season receiving yards were the third most in school history. Nicks finished second in the ACC with 79.8 receiving yards per game and third with 6.17 catches per game. Has made at least one catch in 22 of 23 games played and caught at least two passes in each game his sophomore season.

Junior year

Nicks was honored as a First-team All-ACC selection at wide receiver. By the completion of his Junior season, Nicks set 14 school records at UNC, including career receptions (181), career receiving yards (2,580) and career touchdowns (21). During his last season, Nicks tallied 68 catches for school records of 1,222 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 68 receptions tied for third most in a season in school history. Nicks led the ACC and ranked 12th nationally with 94.0 receiving yards per game. Nicks caught at least one pass in 26 straight games and had a catch in 35 of 36 career games. He set the UNC single-season receiving yardage record and became North Carolina's first 1,000-yard receiver.

College statistics summary

Rushing Receiving
Year G Att Yds TD Long Avg Rec Yds TD Long Avg
  2006   11   1 10   0   10   10.0     39 660   4   83   16.9
  2007   12   1 -1   0   -1   -1.0     74 958   5   53   12.9
  2008   13   5 34   1   12   6.8     68 1222*   12*   74   18.0
TOTAL   36   7 43   1   12   8.6   181* 2,840* 21*   83   15.9

* school record

Source: Hakeem Nicks - Career Statistics, North Carolina Tar Heels, 2009

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

Considered to be one of the top wide receivers available in the 2009 NFL Draft,[2] Nicks drew comparisons to Hines Ward and Anquan Boldin. Butch Davis, Nicks' coach at North Carolina, went even further, comparing him to Hall of Famer Michael Irvin.[3] The New York Giants, in need to replace wide-out Plaxico Burress, selected Nicks in the first round, 29th overall.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′0¾″ 212 lb 4.49 1.52 2.60 4.43 6.96 36 in. 11
20-ss and 3-cone from UNC Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine[4]

New York Giants

On August 1, 2009, Nicks signed a five-year, $12.54 million contract. The deal includes a $6.5 million signing bonus.[5] During training camp, Nicks vied for a starting position with the Giants other receivers, most notably Domenik Hixon and Steve Smith.[6]

Nicks made his first career NFL reception on September 13, 2009 against the Washington Redskins on WR screen pass for 11 yards.

On October 4, 2009 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Nicks recorded his first touchdown reception on a 54 yard screen pass. For the next four games, Nicks would score a touchdown pass in each, becoming the first Giants rookie to score touchdowns in four consecutive games since Bob Gaiters, whom scored in five straight games in 1961.[7] For such feat, Nicks was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month.[8]

Nicks ended the season starting in the #2 wide receiver spot opposite Steve Smith after an injury to Domenik Hixon in week 2 and outperforming Mario Manningham as of week 14.

Career receiving statistics

Year Team Games Rec Yards Y/R TDs
2009 New York Giants 13 46 795 17.3 6
Total - 13 46 795 17.3 6

Personal life

Nicks is the son of Robert Nicks and Lisa Mason. His father is married to Vernice Simpson. While attending the University of North Carolina, Nicks was enrolled in the General College.[9]

References

  1. ^ "North Carolina Top 30 2006", Rivals.com, January 23, 2006, http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/rankings/rank-1360 .
  2. ^ Pompei, Dan (April 8, 2009), "2009 NFL Draft: Dan Pompei's top wide receivers", Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/nfldraft/chi-090408-wr-pompei,0,7264426.story 
  3. ^ Vacchiano, Ralph (May 6, 2009), "Giants first-round pick Hakeem Nicks grabs comparison to Michael Irvin", New York Daily News, http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2009/05/06/2009-05-06_giants_firstround_pick_hakeem_nicks_grabs_high_praise.html 
  4. ^ Nawrocki, Nolan (April 21, 2009). "The Way We Hear It — draft edition". Pro Football Weeklywebsite. http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFLDraft/Draft+Extras/2009/wwhi042109.htm. Retrieved April 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ Lapointe, Joe (August 1, 2009), "Giants Reach Deal With First-Round Pick", New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/02/sports/football/02giants.html 
  6. ^ Press, Associated (August 6, 2009), "Giants QB Manning has new deal but needs go-to receivers", NFL.com, http://www.nfl.com/trainingcamp/story?id=09000d5d811b4d9d&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true 
  7. ^ "On the offensive", Giants.com, October 28, 2009, http://www.giants.com/news/headlines/story.asp?story_id=43636 
  8. ^ "Giants' Hakeem Nicks Named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month", NESN.com, October 28, 2009, http://www.nesn.com/2009/10/giants-hakeem-nicks-named-nfl-offensive-rookie-of-the-month.html 
  9. ^ University of North Carolina Football (2009), "UNC Hakeem Nicks bio", Carolina Tar Heels, http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/nicks_hakeem00.html 

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