Starting infielder who ranks among State's top offensive threats at the plate • Owns the top batting average (.328) among MSU's returning hitters • Also paced MSU on the basepaths with 10 stolen bases and a team-best 58 runs scored • Teamed last summer with Bulldogs Cody Freeman, Jarrod Parks and Nick Vickerson on the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League champion Bethesda (Md.) Big Train team.
Saw playing time in 54 of MSU's 56 games as a junior, drawing 48 starts in the infield • Ranked fourth on the team with a .328 batting average, leading the team with 58 runs scored and ranking third with 60 hits, 20 for extra-bases • Opened the year with seven starts at second base before taking over at third base (40 starts) • Also made one start at shortstop • Ripped a double in his first career plate appearance and registered the first of 17 multiple-hit games in the opener against Rhode Island (Feb. 19) • Notched his first RBI with a bases-loaded walk in his next trip to the plate • Went 4-for-7 and drove in five runs against Rhode Island on opening weekend • Launched the first of his eight home runs at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Mar. 14) • Tied for fourth on the team with eight home runs, six against SEC pitching and three blasts in his last four games • Hit safely in 40 games and scored at least one run in 38 games • Delivered three-hit games against Ole Miss (May 5), at Auburn (May 9) and at LSU (May 20) • Set a career-high with three RBI against Tennessee (Apr. 17) and matched that at Auburn (May 8) • Registered first career game-winning RBI with a three-run blast against Tennessee (Apr. 17) • MSU's leadoff hitter in 40 games • Hit .333 with a team-leading 39 hits and 19 RBI in 29 SEC games played (27 games started) and hit safely in 24 league games.
Sure-gloved starting shortstop at Shelton (Ala.) State Community College in 2009 • Coached by Bobby Sprowl • Hit .359 with 60 hits, 12 doubles, three home runs and 27 RBI • Leadoff hitter with 63 runs scored and eight sacrifice hits • Helped lead the Buccaneers to a 44-19 record, their third-straight Alabama Community College Conference title and a berth in the 2009 Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. • Missed 12 mid-season games after sustaining a broken nose • Hit .383 and teamed with MSU outfielder Brent Brownlee on the 2009 Cotton States League champion North Delta summer league baseball team • Played in the same program that produced current MSU pitcher Justin Bussey and former MSU hurler Brandon Medders.
Initially signed with Meridian (Miss.) Community College following high school before transferring mid-year to Florida State University • Hit .400 with three RBI in 13 games played with coach Mike Martin's FSU Seminoles.
Three-year starting shortstop and all-state performer at Tuscaloosa's Hillcrest High School • Coached by Todd Agee • Hit .407 with 20 doubles, four triples and nine home runs • Set an Alabama High School Athletic Association record with 85 runs scored • Also registered 19 stolen bases in 2007 • Named team defensive MVP in both 2006 and 2007 • Participated in the East Coast Showcase in Wilmington, N.C. • Also played one season of varsity basketball • Four-year high school honor roll member and member of the HHS Beta Club • Hails from the same high school program as former Bulldog and major league pitcher Brandon Medders.
Born Nickolaus James Vickerson on July 8, 1989 in Limestone, Maine • Son of Rebecca Hicks and Richard Vickerson of Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Majoring in business administration.