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Name: Nick Bolton 
College: Missouri     Number: 32
Height: 6-0   Weight: 232
Position: OLB  Pos2: ILB
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2022

40 Low: 4.62
   40 Time: 4.72
  40 High: 4.82
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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: PNagurski/PButkus/PWCamp2nd/PBednarik...2019: 1stC...1st team All-SEC, AP 1st team All-SEC w/107 TT, 9 TFL, SCK, 2 INT/returned one for a TD, 8 PBU, 3 QBH in 12 gms in '19. Backup w/22 TT, TFL, SCK in 13 gms in '18.

 Nick Bolton, Missouri, Player News

  09/03/20 - OLB Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 232 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  Bolton's progression hasn't slowed with a new position coach, DJ Smith, who came to Missouri with Eli Drinkwitz after being on his Appalachian State staff. If anything, having fresh eyes on Bolton might be exactly what he needs in 2020, people that can nitpick what he's doing after a career season. "He looks like the guy," Missouri defensive coordinator Ryan Walters said. "Nick Bolton is Nick Bolton, and that's all he needs to be for us. He's picking up right where he left off last year and the guys behind him are following suit as well." With Missouri's 4-2-5 defensive system not changing, that truly means one linebacker starting spot is up for grabs, with Bolton almost guaranteed to feature for the team.

Tigers such as Chad Bailey, Devin Nicholson and Aubrey Miller are competing for the starting outside linebacker position vacated by Garrett, with Cameron Wilkins and Nicholson taking over as starters for the final seven games of 2019. Whoever plays beside Bolton will draw comparisons to the Frisco, Texas native from a year ago: an experienced player taking a larger role next to an established starter and one of the best the Tiger have to offer. "I think he looks good...the biggest thing with him is just being consistent, being more of a vocal leader and just being that same guy day in and day out," Smith said of Bolton. - Columbia Daily Tribune


(DS#2 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Nick BoltonMissouri
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  08/22/20 - OLB Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 232 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  Missouri football fans have plenty to worry about these days. Will a COVID-19 outbreak on campus or within the locker room jeopardize the season? Will the Southeastern Conference keep pushing to play this fall? Will the Tigers' brutal schedule slow down Eliah Drinkwitz's recruiting momentum? Here's one concern fans can scratch off their list: Nick Bolton isn't going anywhere - for now. Bolton might be the best college linebacker whose team plans to play in 2020 - Alabama's Dylan Moses is his top competition in the SEC - but the way things have unfolded in recent weeks, nobody should have been surprised had Bolton considered sitting out the upcoming season to prepare for the NFL draft.

As of Friday, nearly 80 college players had opted out for 2020, including 13 in the Southeastern Conference. Bolton made it clear after Friday's practice: He's opting in. "Personally I've not had any conversations about opting out," he said on Zoom. "I feel I've got more to prove as a team, as a unit, this coming season. So I've just been taking every day trying to get a little bit better, trying to help my teammates get better and hopefully September 26, we kick off at 100 percent." - Post-Dispatch


(DS#2 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Nick BoltonMissouri
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  08/22/20 - OLB Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 232 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  Missouri's Nick Bolton might be the best college linebacker who appears in games this fall - he's at least in the discussion - but the way things have unfolded in recent weeks, nobody should have been surprised if he considered looking ahead to the NFL draft and sat out the 2020 college season. As of Friday, a reported 77 players have made that decision, including 13 in the Southeastern Conference. Not Bolton. The junior linebacker said Friday he hasn't had any conversations about not playing this season.

"I feel I've got more to prove as a team, as a unit, this coming season," he said on Zoom after Friday's practice. "So I've just been taking every day trying to get a little bit better, trying to help my teammates get better and hopefully September 26, we kick off at 100 percent." Linebackers coach D.J. Smith, a former NFL player who spent parts of four seasons with the Packers, Texans and Panthers, said he never talked to Bolton about sitting out this year. "Nick's a competitor," Smith said. "He's a grinder. And as far as I'm concerned, he's here, day in and day out, working for us to win a championship." - Post-Dispatch


(DS#2 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Nick BoltonMissouri
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  07/28/20 - OLB Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 232 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB Nick Bolton, Missouri,...Earned All-SEC First Team honors from both the league's coaches and the Associated Press after posting a team-best 107 tackles in 2019...Also added 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions, eight pass breakups and three quarterback hurries during his true sophomore season, developing into one of the nation's elite linebackers...His 74 solo tackles were 15 more than any other defender in the SEC. - Missouri Football

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  07/28/20 - OLB Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 232 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  When a torn pectoral tendon ended what might have become an All-American season for Missouri linebacker Cale Garrett last fall, the spotlight turned to his sidekick in the middle of the defense. Nick Bolton didn't disappoint. By season's end, the sophomore and first-year starter had become Mizzou's best player. Garrett, watching the second half from the sideline, wasn't surprised. "He's not uncomfortable being 'the guy.' He was the dude for us last year. This year he'll be the dude for them again," Garrett said this week before reporting to training camp with the Tennessee Titans. "He's able to lead our defense. That's easy to ask of him."

That's exactly what defensive coordinator Ryan Walters has asked of Bolton this offseason in Garrett's absence. While Bolton might have deferred to his older teammate last season, 2020 is Bolton's year to seize the stage for himself. "I told him he's getting all these preseason accolades, the fair expectation is he better have them at the end of the year," Walters said. "What I like about Nick is he has the same attitude as he had walking in as a true freshman, even though he has all the accolades and played at the level he played last year. He's still Nick. He's a hard worker, a very conscientious kid. He knows why he's here and what his goals are. I'm expecting him to play better than he played last year. "He's got guys in front of him that know what to do and will keep linemen off him. He understands ball and what we're trying to do schematically. A lot of what we're doing is built around allowing him to make plays." - Post-Dispatch


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  07/23/20 - OLB Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 232 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  2020 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Nick Bolton, Missouri,...Was one of the nation's most dominant linebackers through the entirety of the 2019 season, despite taking on an expanded role following the injury to starting MLB Cale Garrett, who was also having an All-American caliber season at the time of his injury...Earned All-SEC First Team honors from both the league's coaches and the Associated Press after posting a team-best 107 tackles...His 107 tackles were the SEC's top-mark during the regular season, and only LSU's Jacob Phillips, who played in 15 games vs. Bolton's 12, finished ahead of Bolton on the SEC tackle chart (113 in 15 games). - Missouri Football

(DS#2 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Nick BoltonMissouri
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  07/23/20 - OLB Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 232 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  2020 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: LB Nick Bolton, Missouri,...Bolton's 107 tackles were the SEC's top-mark during the regular season, and only LSU's Jacob Phillips, who played in 15 games vs. Bolton's 12, finished ahead of Bolton on the SEC tackle chart (113 in 15 games)...His 8.92 tackles per game were far-and-away the best mark in the league, besting Arkansas De'Jon Harris (8.42 per game)...Also added 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions, eight pass breakups and three quarterback hurries during his true sophomore season, developing into one of the nation's elite linebackers. - Missouri Football

(DS#2 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Nick BoltonMissouri
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  07/16/20 - OLB Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 232 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Nick Bolton, Missouri,...Earned All-SEC First Team honors from both the league's coaches and the Associated Press after posting a team-best 107 tackles...His 107 tackles were the SEC's top-mark during the regular season, and only LSU's Jacob Phillips, who played in 15 games vs. Bolton's 12, finished ahead of Bolton on the SEC tackle chart (113 in 15 games)...His 8.92 tackles per game were far-and-away the best mark in the league, besting Arkansas De'Jon Harris (8.42 per game)...Also added 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions, eight pass breakups and three quarterback hurries during his true sophomore season, developing into one of the nation's elite linebackers. - Missouri Football

(DS#2 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Nick BoltonMissouri
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  05/06/20 - OLB Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 232 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  The Tigers have a history of developing talent, and Bolton is the latest example. He was a three-star prospect coming out of high school who has become a five-star player at Missouri. And the transformation has happened rather quickly. Bolton was a consensus All-SEC pick as a sophomore last season after recording a whopping 107 tackles, 7.5 tackles for losses, two interceptions and eight pass break-ups. He's the total package. - Gainesville Sun

(DS#2 OLB) Jr/2022 OLB Nick BoltonMissouri
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  12/09/19 - OLB Nick BoltonJr/2022, Missouri, 6-0, 232 (DS#2 OLB) + More +

  Missouri reached an agreement Sunday with Eliah Drinkwitz to take over the Tigers' once-proud football program, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press, making Appalachian State's successful coach the second-youngest in a Power Five conference. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract was still being drawn up and the school had not made an announcement. Drinkwitz was also being pursued by SEC rival Arkansas for its head-coaching vacancy.

Tigers athletic director Jim Sterk said he wanted to move swiftly in hiring a replacement for Barry Odom, the former player and assistant coach who went 25-25 in four seasons leading the program. Odom was fired after the Tigers finished an underwhelming 6-6, which would have been good enough for a bowl berth had the school not been slapped with a postseason ban by the NCAA following an incident involving a rogue tutor. - AP College Football


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