published Friday, November 16th, 2012

UTC '3 and out' Q&A with Graham Nichols

UTC quarterback Graham Nichols during practice at Scrappy Moore Field.
UTC quarterback Graham Nichols during practice at Scrappy Moore Field.
Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga backup quarterback Graham Nichols, a redshirt junior, answers three quick questions about wrapping up his career Saturday against Elon.

1. What made you decide to call it a career with a year of eligibility remaining?

Nichols: "I'm going to be graduating in May and I had a great time here, great experience, and I just feel like it's time for me to move on. I feel like I did everything I could do for this team, and I feel like I contributed as much as I can."

2. Obviously you wanted to play more and contribute more on the field, so how do you leave here feeling about how things turned out on the field?

Nichols: "I still love football and I still love the guys. Everything didn't go as I'd planned, but I still ended up having a great experience and met a lot people -- so it was worth it and I wouldn't change a thing."

3. And what's it like to go out as an undefeated quarterback? (Nichols' only start came in the Mocs' 24-9 win at Samford last season.)

Nichols: "I won my start and I have my one claim to fame. ... I at least had that experience of getting to start. It was fun and I had a great time. Everyone wants to go through that at least once, and I was glad I got to do it."

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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