Nichol, 31, is a Texas Tech 1999 graduate familiar with Arizona's offensive package from playing as a receiver at Tech and working with UA coaches Sonny Dykes and Bill Bedenbaugh as a student assistant and grad assistant during their tenure in Lubbock.? Dykes is UA's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach while Bedenbaugh is the running game coordinator and line coach.
"I'm really excited to continue to work for Coach Stoops, in a higher capacity, or with growing responsibilities. I feel competent in this offense and am eager to grow as a coach," Nichol said.
"As much as we're in four-receiver sets, we wanted to maximize our staff," Stoops said. "Having graduated from Texas Tech, Dave grew up in the (spread) system with coach (Mike) Leach. He understands the system and we're going forward and didn't have to teach anyone," he said. "I'm impressed by his knowledge and intelligence."
Stoops said Nichol will collaborate with second-year coach Michael Smith in providing more emphasis on coaching receivers in the spread offensive system UA employs. Smith coached running backs in 2007, but will switch to inside receivers coach this year, while tight ends coach Dana Dimel will add running backs to his responsibility.
Nichol joined the UA staff before fall camp last year and worked closely with Dykes' offensive staff?in practice situations, while helping the high-view coaches chart opponents during games from the pressbox.
He worked with Tech's quarterbacks and receivers in 2000-01, and spent a year in 2002 as passing game coordinator at Cisco (Texas) College.
Nichol succeeds Darrell Wyatt, who left the staff after the season to take the offensive coordinator's position at Southern Mississippi.
Nichol earned his undergraduate degree in exercise and sport sciences and later earned a master's in interdisciplinary studies in 2002 from TTU.
Arizona Football Notes... Stoops said a couple of position changes were expected when UA convenes for spring practice on Sunday, March 9. Junior?Earl Mitchell, who lettered his first two years as a tight end, will be tried in a switch to defensive tackle. "Earl's physical talent and strength are something we probably didn't maximize by using him at tight end," Stoops said. The other expected switch is sophomore receiver Mike Turner to cornerback, where UA will open drills without its four-year bookends in Antoine Cason and Wilrey Fontenot. He'll compete with junior Devin Ross, senior Marquis Hundley and redshirt freshman Travin Wade, among others...