Hillsdale’s Mark Nicolet signs with Detroit Lions

Hillsdale quarterback Mark Nicolet didn’t get drafted this past weekend, but the phone was ringing as soon as things wrapped up in New York City.

Nicolet will be in mini-camp this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as a Detroit Lion.

“They called after the draft was over. I am very excited about the opportunity,” Nicolet said late Sunday.

The 6’1″ 220 lb. gunner from Zionsville, IN had the most prolific season a Hillsdale quarterback has ever had, shattering record after record his senior season.

From Hillsdale.edu: Nicolet led the GLIAC in passing yards per game (303) and passing touchdowns (31) in the regular season. He attained those marks with some of the most prolific games ever recorded in Hillsdale’s 116-year history of college football.

Nicolet set single-game school records for completions (34) against Michigan Tech, and in passing yards (426) vs. playoff-bound Ashland. Nicolet threw for five touchdowns in three separate games this season, the only GLIAC quarterback to pull off such a feat.

Nicolet also shattered the GLIAC record for passing yards in conference games in one season with 3,145. His overall passing yardage of 3,335 set a new single-season school record, as did his mark of 240 completions. He also led the GLIAC in total offense and has served as team captain each of the past two seasons.

He was Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the year as well as the offensive MVP of the Division II all star game The Cactus Bowl.

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