40 Nicolai Bornand

  • Linebacker / Kicker
  • Grade: Junior
  • Height: 6′1″
  • Weight: 225 lbs

2015 Season Statistics by Game

Date Opp. W/L Score
9/26 IDST W 80-8
10/10 SJST L 27-33
10/16 at FRESNO L 28-31
10/31 BSU L 27-55
11/7 HAW W 41-21
11/14 at CSU L 35-49
11/21 SDSU L 14-52
An all-around athlete who excelled at three positions in high school and plays at linebacker and kicker and has also punted for the Rebels … A two-time conference player of the week who will compete to be team’s kickoff and long-range field-goal man again while also looking to earn time on defense … A three-star recruit as a kicker according to ESPN, which ranked him the No. 16 K in the nation … Name is pronounced “NEEK-oh-lye BOR-nand.”

2014: Played in the first seven games, and had a big hand in both UNLV victories, before being lost to injury … Made four of his six FGA on the year to finish with 12 total points … Made his first career attempt, a 48-yarder, in the season opener at Arizona on Aug. 29 … Became the first UNLV placekicker to be named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week at least twice in the same season since Sergio Aguayo in 2005 … Against Northern Colorado on Sept. 13 he tied the school record for longest field goal while helping the Rebels win 13-12 … His 54-yarder in the second quarter matched three previous boots: two by Nick Garritano vs. UNR and vs. San Jose State in 1994; and by Jim Cook at Nebraska in 1986 … Bornand also kicked off six times against UNC, resulting in two touchbacks and two others that saw the Bears start their drives at their own 17-yard line … He won the award again after a 20-17 victory over Fresno State on Oct. 10 … Against the Bulldogs he contributed in three phases of the game: Bornand’s 46-yard field goal tied the game at 27 with 3:37 remaining in regulation and then his 33-yarder won it in overtime on the Rebels’ first possession … He also punted twice for a 44.5-yard average and kicked off six times, producing two touchbacks and saddling the Bulldogs with an average starting field position of their own 23-yard line … Shared kickoff duties with Jonathan Leiva and booted it 31 times with eight touchbacks.

2013: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in 10 games on special teams … Kicked off in nine games a total of 48 times, averaging 61.8 yards per attempt with 14 touchbacks.

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