And the loss of his son by Susan at The Miami Herald... Nicolas, one of the quietest Hurricanes off the field, has emerged as one of the most intense leaders on it. As Miami (1-1) prepares to meet Kansas State (2-0) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Sun Life Stadium, Nicolas continues to serve as one of the most inspirational Canes. Last Saturday, Nicolas got his first interception since his freshman season opener against Marshall in 2007. And this one was a beauty. After linebacker Sean Spence tipped an Ohio State play-action pass, Nicolas stretched his 6-1, 200-pound body as far as it could go and lunged for the carom before twisting and landing on his back at the Hurricanes’ 14. "It was a great catch,’’ Spence said. "It’s like it happened in slow motion.’’ Nicolas was converted to a cornerback in the spring and then back to safety after Ray-Ray Armstrong was suspended by the NCAA. He ranks fourth on the team with 10 tackles and has done "an excellent job … seeing the quarterback better and breaking on balls,’’ UM coach Al Golden said. "But Jo’s most considerable jump has been in his leadership.’’ Golden, the father of three young children, said Nicolas "only missed one or two practices the whole training camp out of 29, and then he would go to the hospital all night. A lot of his teammates didn’t even know what was going on. He was easily doing 20 hours a day for two, three weeks. That’s an amazing human being. [He] provided leadership for all of us and inspiration for all of us.’’ After the loss at Maryland, when the Canes allowed 499 yards of total offense, it was Nicolas who stood up at practice and rallied the secondary. "He said, ‘We need to get things right. We can’t get knocked down off one game,’ ’’ fellow safety Vaughn Telemaque recalled. Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/21/2417135/a-fathers-pain-miami-hurricanes.html#ixzz1YcZMM6Oc
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