In seven games (three starts), Nichols has completed 94 of 151 passes for 1,014 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions and 14 rushes for 39 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 10 against Calgary, Nichols made his first start since the 2012 East Divsion semi-final. He completed 18 of 30 passes for 203 yards. Nichols started the Western Semi-Final against Saskatchewan and completed 12-of-23 passes for 59 yards and one interception. In the Western Final against Calgary, Nichols completed 9-of-15 passes for 92 yards in relief of Mike Reilly.
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.
Nichols dressed for all 18 games (2 starts) and was the holder on field goals. He saw action at quarterback in 8 games and went 48 of 83 (57.8%) for 884 yards and 7 touchdowns and 3 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 1st half. He got his first start at quarterback on September 28 in Calgary and went 14 of 26 (53.8%) for 167 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He ran the ball 7 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, 3 touchdowns and a 2-point convert to bring the Eskimos to within 2 points of a win. He also started the final game of the regular season, going 18 of 30 (60.0%) for 341 yards and 2 touchdowns and running the ball 3 times for 13 yards. Nichols started the 2nd half of the Eastern Semi-Final and went 3 of 7 for 51 yards and rushed twice for 2 yards before suffering a dislocated ankle.
Nichols began the season on the 1-game injured list and was placed on the 9-game injured list midway through the season
Nichols was added to the Eskimos' practive roster.
A four-year starter at Eastern Washington, Nichols compiled 996 completions on 1608 attempts (62%) for 12,616 yards, 96 touchdowns and 46 interceptions in 47 games (42 starts). The Business Management major attended college with current Eskimo defensive end Greg Peach.
Nichols attended training camp with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent and appeared in two pre-season games recording 10 completions in 16 attempts for 81 yards and two interceptions. He was released on August 19th.