Hoo Preview 2012: 5 Questions – Demetrious Nicholson

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Demetrious Nicholson

Most people have probably heard the old phrase ‘sink or swim’ at some point. It’s common lingo for throwing someone into a challenge with little preparation as if you were throwing them into the deep end of the pool with no flotation device. They’ll either rise to the occasion or come up short.

Virginia defensive back Demetrious ‘Tra’ Nicholson received that treatment last season. As a true freshman, he started all 13 games for the Hoos. Nicholson logged 940 snaps on the season.

“Every defensive rep,” Nicholson said smiling. “Having something like that happen to me definitely gave me a lot of experience early in my career and showed me the ropes. For the guys coming up now, I know how it is and I can tell them mistakes that I made that you don’t want to make those mistakes in a game.”

Fast forward one year and Nicholson is suddenly the grizzled old veteran in the secondary. That’s because the other three spots will be manned by new starters this fall after the departure of seniors Chase Minnifield , Rodney McLeod , and Corey Mosley . So this time around, it’s ‘sink or swim’ for Nicholson in a whole different way. He no longer has seniors all around the secondary to guide the way or to cover for any miscues. Plus, he’ll have the added burdens of leadership and helping make the calls in the secondary.

Virginia coach Mike London said that Nicholson is off to a good start during August’s training camp.

“Tra is having a good camp. He’s so knowledgeable about the position, playing cornerback and the coverages,” London said. “I think a guy like Chase Minnifield really rubbed