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Troy Niklas
TE #87
Height:
6-6
Weight:
270
Age:
22
College:
Notre Dame
Hometown:
Fullerton, CA
Experience:
R

Quick Stats (2014):

REC
3
YDS
38
AVG
12.7
TDS
0
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 3 38 12.7 17 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2014 ARI 7 2 3 38 12.7 17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 SD W 18-17 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 @NYG W 25-14 1 16 16 16 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 SF W 23-14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 @DEN L 20-41 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 WAS W 30-20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 @OAK W 24-13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 PHI W 24-20 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 @DAL W 28-17 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 STL W 31-14 1 17 17 17 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 DET W 14-6 1 5 5 5 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

• Selected by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Niklas was the highest drafted TE for the Cardinals since the team selected Auburn’s Walter Reeves with the 40th selection in 1989.

• Entered Notre Dame in 2011 as an outside LB before switching to TE prior to his sophomore season in 2012. During his two seasons at TE, started 20 of 26 games played and caught 37 passes for 573 yards and six TDs.

• Widely considered one of the best blocking TEs in the country, Niklas registered 76 knockdown blocks, 21 downfield blocks and six blocks that resulted directly in TDs during his junior season.

• Dating back to 2006, Niklas became the fifth Notre Dame TE selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, a group that also includes current Cardinals TE John Carlson.

• Uncle is Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, the 19-year NFL vet and 14-time Pro Bowler selected in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1983 draft by the Houston Oilers. His cousin, Jake Matthews, was a two-time All-American offensive tackle from Texas A&M who was drafted by the Falcons in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft. His other cousin, Kevin, was also an offensive lineman for Texas A&M, and although he was not drafted coming out of college in 2010, he suited up for both Tennessee and Washington the last three seasons.

NoteCARDS:

• Selected by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Niklas was the highest drafted TE for the Cardinals since the team selected Auburn’s Walter Reeves with the 40th selection in 1989.

• Entered Notre Dame in 2011 as an outside LB before switching to TE prior to his sophomore season in 2012. During his two seasons at TE, started 20 of 26 games played and caught 37 passes for 573 yards and six TDs.

• Widely considered one of the best blocking TEs in the country, Niklas registered 76 knockdown blocks, 21 downfield blocks and six blocks that resulted directly in TDs during his junior season.

• Dating back to 2006, Niklas became the fifth Notre Dame TE selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, a group that also includes current Cardinals TE John Carlson.

• Uncle is Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, the 19-year NFL vet and 14-time Pro Bowler selected in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1983 draft by the Houston Oilers. His cousin, Jake Matthews, was a two-time All-American offensive tackle from Texas A&M who was drafted by the Falcons in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft. His other cousin, Kevin, was also an offensive lineman for Texas A&M, and although he was not drafted coming out of college in 2010, he suited up for both Tennessee and Washington the last three seasons.

College Career: After beginning his career at Notre Dame as an outside linebacker, made the transition to TE prior to his sophomore season and went on to become one of college’s football’s best blocking TEs … started 20 of 26 games at TE played in two seasons, hauling in 37 passes for 573 yards and six TDs … went on to become a first-team FBS All-Independent team selection and a semifinalist for the Mackey Award as the nation’s top TE.

2013: A semifinalist for the Mackey Award, an All-American Super Sleeper Team selection from The NFL Draft Report and an FBS All-Independent first-team pick as a junior, Niklas was one of just four offensive players to start every game for the Irish … finished third on the team with a career-high 32 receptions for 498 yards (15.6 avg.) and five TDs, grabbing 61.5 percent of the 52 passes targeted to him … 24 of his catches produced first downs and 18 of his catches gained at least 10 yards, including 10 for 20 yards or longer … had key catches that set up nine TD drives … registered 76 knockdowns, 21 downfield blocks and six TD-resulting blocks … also recorded a solo tackle vs. Michigan.

2012: Made the transition from OLB to TE during 2012 spring practice and went on to start seven of 13 games at TE (started first four games and also vs. Oklahoma, Boston College and Alabama) ... one of five Irish players to log multiple catches of 25 yards or more ... gained 75 yards on five receptions, including his first career TD … scored his first career TD on a seven-yard reception at Boston College and became the 10th Notre Dame player, and second TE, to find the end zone in 2012 with the score.

2011: Played in 12 games for the Irish as an OLB, including one start vs. Michigan State ... recorded 20 tackles (eight solos), a tackle for loss, two QB pressures and a fumble recovery … tallied a career-high four tackles and a tackle for loss vs. Boston College ... had two tackles and his first career fumble recovery in a win vs. Navy.

Personal: Attended Servite (Anaheim, CA) High School where he helped lead the team to the Trinity League title as a sophomore and the 2009 California state title as a junior … named the Los Angeles Times Lineman of the Year as a senior in 2010 when the two-way standout played both guard and defensive tackle, helping the team compile a 14-1 record, their second straight CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division title and runner-up in the state playoffs … also named co-Lineman of the Year in the Trinity League by the Orange County Register … on defense, he received All-CIF Southern Section Pac-5 honors from the Orange County Register and was a first-team all-county selection, along with being a two-time first-team all-Trinity League honoree … as a junior, also appeared at TE and caught 16 passes for 128 yards and three TDs … was enrolled in Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame, majoring in Management Entrepreneurship.

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