2010 Scouting Report: Invaluable senior leader who will be an asset on the defensive front and special teams... moved to defensive end last year after previously working at linebacker...excellent technician, especially as a pass rusher...a special teams demon who was named the MVP of those units last year.
2009: Played in all 13 games, contributing as a reserve defensive end and on special teams...totaled 20 tackles, two TFLs and one sack on the year...named Pitt's Most Valuable Special Teams Player for 2009...had a career-high four tackles against Youngstown State and an 11-yard sack...had three tackles against North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl...blocked a punt that Pitt's offense parlayed into a touchdown against Cincinnati.
2008: Played in all 13 games in special teams capacities and also served as a reserve Sam linebacker...named Pitt's Most Improved Special Teams Player...had 14 tackles and one fumble recovery...twice had a season-high three tackles (Syracuse and Connecticut)...had a fumble recovery at Cincinnati.
2007: Lettered in his first active season, serving as a reserve Will LB and on special teams...played in nine games and had four tackles...had one tackle in four different games, including the Eastern Michigan, Grambling, Syracuse and West Virginia contests.
2006: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Highly decorated linebacker who was named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AAA All-State Team (first team) as both a senior and junior at Thomas Jefferson...compiled over 200 tackles and rushed for over 1,900 yards his final two seasons...as a senior had 88 tackles, four sacks, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions...at running back rushed for 1,037 yards and 11 touchdowns on 142 carries (7.3 avg.)...a three-year starter, Nix led Thomas Jefferson to a 37-5 mark (.881) during that span, including three trips to the WPIAL Class AAA championship game...led team to an 11-2 mark as a senior...his junior year Thomas Jefferson went 14-2 and captured the WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA championships...selected to play in the Big 33 Football Classic...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25"...Pittsburgh Tribune-Review All-Class AAA...Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33"...rated one of the nation's top 30 linebacker prospects by Scout.com...rated one of the top 40 prospects in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com...rated one of the top 60 prospects in the East Region by Scout.com...played under Coach Bill Cherpak, a standout offensive lineman for Pitt from 1985-89...Nix also lettered in basketball and track and field.
Personal: Nathaniel E. Nix, born 3/18/88, is the son of Russell and Lynn Nix...has one brother, Lucas, who is a junior offensive lineman at Pitt...communication major.
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