Acquired: Signed as a free agent on Oct. 13, 2010.
2014: Nichols dressed as the backup quarterback in the Eskimos 27-20 win over the BC Lions in the season opener. Nichols completed one pass to fullback Calvin McCarty on a fake field goal attempt in the second half, that led to a touchdown from slotback Fred Stamps later in the drive.
2013: Nichols spent the season on the 9-game injured list after injuring his right knee in the first pre-season game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
2012: Nichols dressed for all 18 games (two starts) and was the holder on field goals. He saw action at quarterback in eight games and went 48 of 83 (57.8%) for 884 yards. Nichols threw seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran the ball 10 times for 76 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown. In the Labour Day rematch he threw his first CFL touchdown when he mishandled a field goal snap and threw the ball to Corbin Sharun for a 35-yard touchdown to end the first half. He got his first start at quarterback on Sept. 28 in Calgary and went 14 of 26 (53.8%) for 167 yards and one touchdown and one interception. He ran the ball seven times for 63 yards and a touchdown. Nichols came in with 10 minutes left in the Oct. 28 game in Montreal and threw for 230 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point convert to bring the Eskimos to within two points of a win. He also started the final game of the regular season, going 18 of 30 (60.0%) for 341 yards and two touchdowns and running the ball three times for 13 yards. Nichols started the second half of the Eastern Division semifinal and went 3 of 7 for 51 yards and rushed twice for two yards before suffering a dislocated ankle.
2011: Nichols began the season on the 1-game injured list and was placed on the 9-game injured list midway through the season.
2010: Nichols spent the season on the Eskimo practice roster.
Pro: Nichols attended training camp with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 as a free agent and appeared in two pre-season games recording 10 completions in 16 attempts for 81 yards and two interceptions.
College: A four-year starter at Eastern Washington, Nichols finished with 12,616 passing yards in his career (sixth in NCAA Football Championship history) and broke the career passing record in the Big Sky Conference. Nichols had 13,308 yards of total offense in his career (sixth in Football Championship Subdivision history) and finished his career with a school-record 96 touchdown passes to equal the Big Sky record and rank 10th in FCS history. He had a passing efficiency rating of 162.7 and was the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2007. In total, he broke 14 school records during his career, including six Big Sky Conference marks. The Business Management major attended college with current Eskimos linebacker J.C. Sherritt.
Personal: Matt graduated from West Valley High School in Cottonwood, CA where he led his school to the Division I Northern Section title with an 11-1 record and was the Division I Player of the Year after passing for 1,666 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also played basketball and baseball at West Valley. He wears no.16 because it was the number his dad wore and he wants to thank him for what he has done. Matt's favourite sport aside from football is golf as he tries to play as much as he can throughout the summer. His favourite places to eat in Edmonton are The Keg and SPK. Married to his wife, Ali Nichols.
They had a daughter, Elliot Nichols, born on March 24, 2014.