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#42 Nick Mears
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
Hometown: Milbank, S.D.
High School: Milbank H.S.
Major: Economics
Experience: 2 Letters
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Nick emerged as a leader on the Jackrabbit defense last season ... has been named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference Honor Roll each of his first three seasons in the Jackrabbit football program and is a two-time recipient of the Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award

Saw action in 13 games with 11 starts ... ranked second on team with 96 tackles (64 solo) ... recorded double digits in tackles on three occasions, starting with 10-tackle performance in home opener against Cal Poly ... credited with nine tackles (8 solo) in home win over Missouri State ... registered seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and made first career interception in road win at nationally ranked Northern Iowa ... broke up three passes and notched seven tackles in Hobo Day game versus Youngstown State ... made 10 stops and broke up a pass in regular season game at North Dakota State ... tallied career-high 12 tackles versus Western Illinois ... totaled eight tackles in each Football Championship Subdivision playoff games, against Montana State and North Dakota State

Played in all 14 games either on special teams or as a reserve safety ... registered three tackles in collegiate debut against Butler (Ind.) ... made two tackles in back-to-back games against Southeastern Louisiana and Nebraska ... tallied four tackles in home finale versus Indiana State ... recorded season-high nine tackles in Football Championship Subdivision playoff game at Eastern Washington

Redshirted ... named squad’s Scout Special Teams Player of the Week in preparation for Football Championship Subdivision playoff game against Eastern Illinois

Was a finalist for South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year after a record-setting career as a quarterback at Milbank High School ... racked up more than 7,500 yards of total offense, throwing for 4,595 career yards with 58 touchdowns, while rushing for another 3,000 yards with 34 touchdowns. ... helped lead Milbank to a state title as a sophomore and was a three-time all-Northeast Conference selection ... also earned all-state recognition as both a punter and a quarterback ... member of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader Elite 45 ... named most valuable player of South Dakota All-Star Game over the summer ... registered 115 career tackles ... in track and field, was a state qualifier in the sprints and triple jump, as well as relays ... academic all-state honoree and member of the National Honor Society