Saturday, February 27, 2021

Former Rebels Kicker Named to 2019 SEC Legends Class

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Image courtesy of Ole Miss Sports

The SEC office announced Thursday that former All-American Ole Miss kicker Jonathan Nichols was named one of 14 members to the 2019 Southeastern Conference Legends class.

As one of the most decorated kickers in Ole Miss history, Nichols set 15 school records during his time with the Rebel football program from 2001-04. When Nichols’ career concluded, the Greenwood, Mississippi, native etched his name in the Ole Miss record books as the all-time leading scorer, the career leader in field goals made, as well as ranking first on the school’s career list for PATs made and PATs attempted.

Nichols won the Lou Groza Award for the nation’s top kicker in 2003 after a junior season that saw him connect on 25-of-29 field goals, including a long of 54 yards.

Nichols followed up his All-American junior year with a solid senior campaign in which he went 20-of-27 in field goal attempts, and a perfect 19-for-19 in extra-points. Nichols finished his career with a streak of 117 consecutive PATS made. 

This year’s class will be honored at the 2019 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Dec. 6-7 in Atlanta, Georgia, highlighted by the annual SEC Legends Dinner on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. The group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 7.