Saturday, November 17, 2018

Bucs add ex-USF, Falcons LB Stephen Nicholas to coaching staff

Dirk Koetter has filled out his 2018 coaching staff, hiring former USF and Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas as his new defensive quality control coach.

Nicholas, 34, starred for the Bulls and played in Atlanta from 2007-13, much of that under current Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith, with Koetter on the staff for his final two seasons. Nicholas had worked the past three seasons as a quality control coach at USF, and also interned with the Bucs last summer as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Diversity Coaching Fellowship.

Nicholas takes over for Dave Borgonzi, who had been a Bucs assistant for four seasons and left to become linebackers coach for the Colts. He's the second new hire this week, joining defensive line coach Brentson Buckner.

Nicholas finished his USF career with 326 tackles, the second-most in school history when he graduated. He had 378 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions in his seven NFL seasons, including 97 while playing for Smith in 2012.