11 - Branden Nicholson
|Hometown:||Long Beach, Ca.|
|High School:||Brea-Olinda HS '02|
|Previous College:||Santa Barb. Col.|
2006: Listed as a reserve at receiver on preseason depth chart. 2005: Did not play after breaking his femur running sprints during winter conditioning. 2004: Played sparingly as a non-lettering squad member. A hand injury hampered him early in the season, then he returned to catch two passes for 19 yards with a long play of 16 yards. JC: Played one season of both football and basketball at Santa Barbara Community College in California. As a freshman, he had 900 yards receiving and scored six touchdowns, then averaged 18.2 points per game in basketball to earn all-league honors. HS: Graduated from Brea-Olinda HS in California in 2002. He earned all-league honors in football three years, including All-CIF honors twice. His team finished 13-0 his senior season to win a CIF title. In basketball, he earned All-CIF honors once and twice earned all-league accolades. In track, he was all-league as a senior. He qualified for the CIF championships and had personal best times of 10.5 in the 100 meters and 22.1 in the 200. Personal: Born 9/2/83 in California. He will turn 23 two days before Eastern opens the season at Oregon State. His brother Deonta Birdsong played the 2002 and 2003 seasons for the Eagles, and also wore the No. 11 jersey Nicholson wears. Birdsong also attended Brea-Olinda HS. Interdisciplinary studies major.