Fresno State at UNLV; photos by Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
UNLV: An all-around athlete who excelled at three positions in high school and played at linebacker and has also punted for the Rebels ... A two-time conference player of the week who will compete to kick off, attempt extra points and field goals again ... Named 2016 preseason Third Team All-MW by Athlon ... A three-star recruit as a kicker according to ESPN, which ranked him the No. 16 K in the nation ... One of nine Rebels who were members of the 2015 Academic All-MW Team ... Name is pronounced "NEEK-oh-lye BOR-nand."
2015: Concentrated on kicking exclusively and became team's full-time booter on kickoffs, extra points and field goals ... Led Rebels in scoring with 79 total points ... Missed only one of 44 extra-point attempts ... Finished 12-17 in field goals but made 12 of his first 14 on the year ... Was a perfect 3-3 with 12 total points in season-opener at NIU ... Those efforts included nailing a 51-yarder to make him the fifth Rebel in history to have more than one 50-yard field goal in career ... Set the school and conference record for extra points made in a game with 11 vs. Idaho State in Game Four ... His 14 total points vs. the Bengals ranked third by a kicker in school history ... Also finished with 11 points in victory over Hawai'i Game Nine ... Named preseason Third Team All-MW by Athlon.
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.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner at Dos Pueblos HS in Goleta, CA, under coach Nate Mendoza, seeing time at TE, LB and serving as the team's kicker and punter ... Named Channel League Defensive MVP, All-City Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-CIF Western Division team as a senior ... Recorded 124 tackles, 19 TFL and three interceptions in 2012 ... Offensively, he posted 560 receiving yards and five touchdowns and made nine field goals.
PERSONAL: Nicolai Bornand was born Feb. 1, 1995, in Santa Barbara, CA ... The son of Dennis and Jennifer Bornand ... Has one older brother, Brendon, and one younger brother, Blake ... Majoring in public administration.