Northwestern opens spring practice Wednesday, Feb. 27
2013: Redshirt sophomore ... Started all 10 games at cornerback ... Leads team with six pass breakups ... Made six tackles, including one for a loss vs. Michigan ... Notched three assisted tackles at Nebraska ... Had three tackles, including 1.0 TFL, at Iowa ... Tallied a career-high 11 tackles against Minnesota ... Made eight solo stops and forced first career fumble against the Golden Gophers ... Made two tackles and a pass breakup at Wisconsin ... Tallied eight tackles and a pass breakup against Ohio State ... Had four tackles against Syracuse ... Helped out with career-high two assisted tackles at Cal ... Produced seven stops in total against the Bears ... Registered 1.5 TFL and a pass breakup in victory.
2012: Redshirt freshman ... Started 10 of 13 games at cornerback, missing the Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State games due to injury ... Named to ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team ... NU's Defensive Newcomer of the Year award recipient ... Tied for team lead with three interceptions, good for fourth in the Big Ten (0.3 INTs per game) ... Started at cornerback in his collegiate debut at Syracuse and finished with nine tackles, including eight solo stops ... Recorded a pass breakup on the first series of the Vanderbilt game before sustaining an injury that kept him out the remainder of the night ... Returned the next week against Boston College with two tackles and a PBU ... Two stops vs. South Dakota ... Notched his first career interception against Indiana and finished with six tackles ... At Penn State, recovered a fumble on a muffed punt that set up NU's first touchdown and finished with five tackles and a pass breakup ... Set a career high at Minnesota with three pass breakups--all of which came in the end zone--and added three tackles ... Against Nebraska, he twice recovered muffed punts on special teams duty for the Wildcats, and also posted four tackles before leaving the game with a shoulder injury ... Recorded his second interception in his first game back from the injury against Illinois ... In the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl win vs. Mississippi State, recorded an interception in the fourth quarter and a 39-yard return that set up NU's game-clinching touchdown ... Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week and team's defensive big playmaker following his effort against the Gophers ... Also was NU's special teams player of the week against Nebraska ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2011: Redshirted his freshman season ... Twice was named special teams practice player of the week.
High School: Starred as a running back, defensive back and special teams returner for Graham, twice earning All-Area Player of the Year honors and receiving second-team All-Ohio recognition in junior and senior seasons ... Averaged 187.7 rushing yards per game as a junior and compiled 1,495 yards on the ground with 15 touchdowns as a senior ... Scored four touchdowns in one game on two occasions ... Selected to play in 2011 Ohio North-South football game ... Helped Graham win conference junior season ... Surpassed Graham's previous career rushing record by 560 yards ... Also a four-year letterwinner and two-time All-Area Player of the Year in basketball ... Team captain in football and basketball ... Honor roll student and member of Business Professionals of America organization ... Coached by Nic Black.
Personal: Born Nicholas Ray VanHoose ... Son of Roger and Lorrie VanHoose ... College major is undecided.