2011 (Junior)- Played in all 13 games, starting one ... start came against Toledo in the Military Bowl ... had 35 total tackles ... had four tackles for loss for 19 yards and a sack for seven yards ... had one interception and one pass breakup ... recorded one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries ... season-best eight tackles and a tackle for loss vs. Toledo ... had five tackles against Colorado State ... had a tackle for loss vs. Notre Dame.
2010 (Sophomore)- Played in 11 games, starting once ... first career start came vs. UNLV ... recorded 41 total tackles, including 16 unassisted ... had one tackle for loss, a pass breakup and a forced fumble ... recorded a career-best 14 tackles vs. UNLV in his first career start ... five tackles were unassisted ... also had a tackle for loss for two yards vs. the Rebels ... had seven tackles, including a career-best six unassisted, vs. Georgia Tech in the bowl game ... six tackles vs. TCU and five each vs. Navy and Colorado State in back-to-back games.
2009 (Freshman)- Played on the junior varsity all season.
High School- Lettered three years in football and one each in track and baseball ... was the team's defensive player of the year as a junior ... first-team all-conference as a senior ... high school football coach was Troy Thomas.
Personal- Son of Don and Kim Niklas ... brother, Troy, is a freshman tight end at Notre Dame ... member of cadet squadron 34 ... majoring in management ... relative of former NFL standout Bruce Matthews ... favorite food is sushi ... listens to Eminem before games ... favorite movie is Fight Club ... credits his dad as having the greatest influence on his life because "he also inspired me to excel and succeed in any sport I played" ... his elementary school was an ostrich farm before they built the school ... enjoys surfing, music and spending time with his friends ... favorite NFL team is the Tennessee Titans ... favorite player is former Titan and current Titans offensive line coach, Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews ... chose his number because it was his dad's college number.