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Name: Lew Nichols III 
College: Central Michigan     Number: 7
Height: 5-09   Weight: 220
Position: RB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSo/2025

40 Low: 4.50
   40 Time: 4.58
  40 High: 4.67

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 Data Scout Notes: 2022: PWCampPOY/PMaxwell/PDoakWalker...2021: OPOYC/1stC...PDoakWalker...**2020: Co-ROYC


 Lew Nichols III, Central Michigan, Player News


  2022 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYER TO WATCH: Lew Nicholls, RB, sophomore, Central Michigan,...Nichols was earlier named to the Maxwell Award Watch List and was named a candidate for the Doak Walker Award. Nichols, a sophomore from Detroit, led the nation in rushing in 2021 with 1,848 yards and all-purpose yardage with 2,186 yards. He scored 18 touchdowns, was named the Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and earned the team's Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player Award. - Central Michigan Football

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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Lew Nichols, III (So.), Central Michigan,...Making this watch list is significant because despite leading the nation in rushing, running back Lew Nichols (5-10. 220) was not selected as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award last season. Going back to his 2019 season, Nichols appeared in four games for Central Michigan, carrying 19 times for 89 yards. As a redshirt freshman during the COVID 19-shortened 2020 season, Nichols rushed for 196 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 31-23 victory over rival Eastern Michigan. For the season, he rushed for 508 yards on 78 carries, an average of 6.5 yards per carry. He won the MAC freshman of the year award. Due to special eligibility rules enacted for the 2020 season, Nichols repeated as a redshirt freshman in 2021. He led all players in NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with 1,710 rushing yards. - Nichols' Wikipedia page

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  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Lew Nichols III, Central Michigan,...In 2021, Central Michigan running back Lew Nichols III (5-10, 220) led Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing yards, 1,848; and yards per game, 142.2 … led the nation in carries, 341 … tied for ninth nationally in rushing touchdowns (16) and tied for 11th in total touchdowns (18) … also caught 40 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns … ranked first in all-purpose yards, 2,186; and all-purpose yards per game, 168.2 … named Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-MAC honors … voted as team's Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player Award winner.

Selected to Phil Steele's All-America Fourth Team and All-MAC First Team … Pro Football Focus All-MAC First Team selection … rushing yardage total and rushes are the second most in program history … rushing touchdowns are the fourth most in program history … total touchdowns tie for the third most in program history … ran for at least 100 yards in 10 games, including seven games of at least 150 yards, and two 200-yard efforts … closed the season in dominant fashion, carrying 149 times for 766 yards (5.1 ypc) and nine touchdowns in the final four contests - Central Michigan Football


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  Ten Central Michigan football players have earned 2022 All-Mid-American Conference honors from Athlon Sports. CMU running back Lew Nichols III and punter Luke Elzinga were named to the first team, while wide receiver Dallas Dixon, center Jamezz Kimbrough, defensive lineman John Wesley Whiteside and placekicker Marshall Meeder were named to the second team. Chippewa cornerback Donte Kent was named to the third team, while tight end Joel Wilson and defensive linemen Robi Stuart and Thomas Incoom were named to the fourth team. The Chippewas are scheduled to open the season on Sept. 1 at Oklahoma State. - Central Michigan Football

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  2021 ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Running Back - Lew Nichols III, Central Michigan,...Nichols, a redshirt freshman running back from Detroit, earned the MAC Freshman of the Year Award in 2020. He leads the nation in rushing with 1,710 yards and in all-purpose yardage with 2,010 yards. Nichols is the sixth Chippewa to be named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and the first since Dan LeFevour in 2009. - Central Michigan Football

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  Central Michigan came to the desert southwest to play in one bowl game and ended up in another. The Chippewas still found a way to end their five-game bowl losing streak. Lew Nichols III ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, leading late replacement Central Michigan to a 24-21 victory over Washington State in the Sun Bowl on Friday. When Boise State opted out of the Arizona Bowl because of COVID-19 issues, Central Michigan switched about 300 miles east from Tucson, Arizona, to the Texas border city of El Paso. Miami skipped the Sun Bowl for COVID-19 reasons as well. Central Michigan stayed in Arizona before bussing to El Paso the day before the game. The Chippewas (9-4) won their fifth consecutive game this season in their first bowl victory since beating Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl. - Central Michigan/AP College Football

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  2021 MAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Lew Nichols III, RB, Central Michigan,...Nichols, a redshirt freshman running back from Detroit, earned the MAC Freshman of the Year Award in 2020. He leads the nation in rushing with 1,710 yards and in all-purpose yardage with 2,010 yards. Nichols is the sixth Chippewa to be named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and the first since Dan LeFevour in 2009. - MAC Football

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  Central Michigan's Lew Nichols III finished the regular season as the nation's top rusher in yards per game (142.5) and total (1,710). He also is first in attempts (311) after running 44 and 43 times the last two games - the most in back-to-back games since Alabama's Derrick Henry carried 46 and 44 times over two weeks in 2015. - AP College Football

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  Daniel Richardson threw two touchdown passes to JaCorey Sullivan, Marion Lukes returned a second-half kickoff 100 yards and Central Michigan ended the season with a 31-10 defeat of rival Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The win gives the Chippewas (8-4, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) the Michigan MAC trophy awarded to the team with the best record against the other two MAC teams in the state. Lew Nichols carried 44 times and gained 194 yards with a 33-yard touchdown run for Central Michigan.

It was the seventh straight 100-yard rushing game for Nichols and moved him to second place on the Chippewas single-season rushing list with 1,710 yards. Lukes' kickoff return was the longest in program and stadium history and was the first kick return for a TD for CMU since 2017 and the first one at home since 2013. Central Michigan ended the regular season on a four-game win streak and await a bowl bid. Eastern Michigan (7-5, 4-4) scored its lone touchdown on a Samson Evans 2-yard run. Ben Bryant threw for 221 yards, completing 24 of 35 passes. He was sacked seven times. - Central Michigan/AP College Football


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  A new name appears at the top of the Football Bowl Subdivision rushing chart after Central Michigan's Lew Nichols III turned in his second straight 200-yard game and Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III had his least productive game of the season. Nichols' 1,516 yards and average of 137.8 per game lead the nation, just ahead of Walker in both categories. Walker has 1,498 yards and a 136.2-yard average. Nichols became the first Central Michigan player since 2014 to put together consecutive 200-yard games. He had a career-high 219 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in a 37-17 win over Ball State on Wednesday. He had 215 yards and four TDs in a 54-30 win over Kent State on Nov. 13.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Nichols was a three-star recruit out of Detroit in 2019 and was expected to split carries with Kobe Lewis this season. But Lewis was injured in preseason practice and is out for the season, leaving Nichols to carry the load for the Chippewas. Through five games Nichols ranked 53rd in country at 81 yards per game. His average has more than doubled, to 185.2, over his past six games. Walker was limited to six carries for 25 yards, both season lows, in Michigan State's 56-7 loss at Ohio State. Spartans coach Mel Tucker said Walker was banged up, and that's why his workload was limited. - AP College Football


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  Lew Nichols III ran for three scores and 219 yards and Central Michigan piled up 567 yards of offense and beat Ball State 37-17 on Wednesday night. Nichols topped 2,000-career rushing yards when he ran for 131 yards in the first half against the Cardinals. After a 7-7 first quarter, Nichols scored on runs of 2 and 66 yards sandwiched around a 50-yard end-around by Kalil Pempleton. Just before halftime, Drew Plitt led a 14-play, 81-yard drive for Ball State that ended with a 6-yard scoring pass to Yo'Heinz Tyler which reduced the Cardinals' deficit to 28-17. Midway through the third, however, Central Michigan (7-4, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) put it out of reach when Nichols carried it in from the 1 finishing an eight-play, 55-yard drive. Plitt threw for 170 yards for Ball State (5-6, 3-4). - AP College Football

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  NOV 15 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Lew Nichols III, Central Michigan, Running Back, R-Freshman, Detroit, Mich./Cass Technical,...Nichols had an unbelievable game against Kent State, carrying the ball 43 times for 215 yards and four touchdowns. He is the first CMU player to rush for more than 200 yards since Thomas Rawls versus NIU in 2014 and the first with four rushing scores since Jonathan Ward at Ball State in 2019. The 43 carries is tied for the fourth most in program history. Nichols also had four catches for 33 yards. - MAC Football

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  Freshman Lew Nichols III ran for 215 yards and four touchdowns and Daniel Richardson threw four TD passes as Central Michigan spotted Kent State 14 points before rolling to a 54-30 victory on Wednesday night. Nichols has now rushed for 1,297 in his first 10 games for the Chippewas (6-4, 4-2 Mid-American). He has topped the 100-yard mark seven times and has 11 rushing TDs and two TD receptions. Nichols had 43 carries against Kent State and has yet to fumble in 235 rushes this season.

The Golden Flashes (5-5, 4-2) led 14-0 after one quarter on Dustin Crum's 37-yard scoring strike to Kris Leach and Marquez Cooper's 2-yard TD run. Central Michigan answered with touchdown drives on four straight possessions and never trailed again. Nichols opened the scoring with a 1-yard TD run early in the second quarter. Richardson followed with two scoring strikes to Dallas Dixon sandwiched around a TD toss to Joel Wilson for a 26-14 lead. Nichols added a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter and scoring runs of 12 and 1 yard in the fourth. Richardson's final TD pass was a 21-yarder to Wilson in the third quarter. Richardson completed 21 of 27 passes for 268 yards for the Chippewas. Crum completed 28 of 38 passes for 322 yards and two TDs for the Golden Flashes. - Central Michigan/AP College Football


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  2020 MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Lew Nichols III, RB, Central Michigan,...Nichols led the Chippewas with 508 yards rushing and he caught 10 passes for 109 yards and scored five touchdowns. He ranked seventh in the MAC in rushing yards per game (84.7) and was ninth in yards per carry (6.5). Nichols is the sixth Chippewa to earn the MAC Freshman of the Year Award and the first since Antonio Brown in 2007. - Mid-American Conference Football

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  Lew Nichols III had two fourth-quarter touchdown runs and finished with a career-high 196 yards rushing, and Central Michigan scored 25 points in the final quarter to beat Eastern Michigan 31-23 on Friday night. Nichols scored from the 9 and 1 to cap long drives, and Marshall Meeder made a 21-yard field goal with 2:31 to play to give Central Michigan (3-1, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) a 24-23 lead.

Devonni Reed intercepted a Preston Hutchinson tipped pass on Eastern Michigan's (0-4, 0-4) next possession. Kobe Lewis scored on a 9-yard touchdown run three plays later for the Chippewas with 1:43 remaining. Nichols had 29 carries and Lewis added 106 yards rushing on 18 carries. Meeder kicked field goals from the 51 and 29 in the first quarter. Hutchinson was 23 of 37 for 365 yards passing, threw three interceptions and added 57 yards on the ground. Hutchinson had a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and broke loose for a 20-yard TD run midway through the second. - AP College Football


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  Lew Nichols III had 12 carries for 91 yards and a touchdowns and added a 58-yard TD reception to help Central Michigan beat Northern Illinois 40-10 on Wednesday night. Drew Richardson was 13-of-19 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for Central Michigan (2-0, 2-0 Mid-American Conference). Richardson hit Dallas Dixon for a 58-yard touchdown with 11:33 left in the first quarter and the Chippewas led the rest of the way. Nichols ran up the middle, broke a tackled and raced 36 yards for a score on the second play of the fourth quarter to make it 33-0. Northern Illinois (0-2, 0-2) finished with just 244 total yards, converted just 2 of 15 third downs, and didn't get into the red zone until the closing seconds. Kyle Pugh had 14 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks for the Huskies. - AP College Football

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