• position Linebacker
  • height 6-0
  • Weight 228
  • class Sophomore
  • Hometown Metairie, La.
  • High school Metairie Park Country Day

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
  • 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, La.
  • Son of Donald J. Nalty Jr. (dad) and Holly (mom) and James Nichols (stepdad)
  • Dad, Donald, played football at Tulane from 1982-86
  • Major is undecided but plans a major in business management

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
  • His life’s theme song is “Live Like You Were Dying” by Tim McGraw
  • One word to describe him on the field is “persistent”
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