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.