• position Inside Linebacker
  • height 6-0
  • Weight 220
  • class Graduate Student
  • Hometown Metairie, La.
  • High school Metairie Park Country Day


  • Played in 16 career games for Kentucky
  • Graduated on December 17, 2021 with degrees in marketing and management

2021 – * Senior

  • A “Super Senior” who saw action in all 13 games, seeing most of his playing time on special teams
  • Got a fumble recovery vs. New Mexico State and his first career tackle at Louisville

2020 – Senior

  • Practiced with the team
  • Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2019 – Junior

  • Saw his first collegiate action vs. UT Martin
  • Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2018 – Sophomore

  • Practiced with the team
  • Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll

2017 – Freshman

  • Practiced with the team

High School

  • Three-year letterwinner and starter at linebacker for head coach Joe Chango at Metairie Park Country Day
  • Totaled 63 tackles, including 10 sacks as a senior, helping the Cajuns compile a 9-4 overall record
  • Also had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery
  • Earned All-District honors 2018 WILDCATS 48 2018 FOOTBALL SPRING MEDIA GUIDE
  • Charted 53 tackles and two forced fumbles in his junior season
  • Member of the United States Saddle Seat Team who captured the Gold Medal in the 2014 US Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup
  • Also a member of the junior team from 2012-13
  • Competed in his first equestrian show at the age of five
  • Chose UK over North Carolina


  • Born in Metairie, Louisiana
  • Son of Donald J. Nalty Jr. (dad) and Holly (mom); and James Nichols (stepdad)
  • Dad, Donald, played football at Tulane from 1982-86

William Says

  • His nickname is “Nalty”
  • He chose Kentucky because it’s a great area with great people
  • When he’s not on the field he enjoys riding horses and meeting new people
  • One word to describe him on the field is “determined”
  • The best advice he’s ever received is “don’t count the days, make the days count”
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