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Nicolai Bornand
Nicolai  Bornand


Santa Barbara, CA

High School:
Dos Pueblos HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 225




UNLV Falls To San José State In Overtime

The Rebels look to bounce back next week against Fresno State.


UNLV Falls To No. 13 UCLA 37-3

Keith Whitely rushes for 73 yards on 12 carries


Rebels Fall To NIU In Season Opener

Northern Illinois complete a comeback to defeat the Rebels 38-30.


#CampRebel: Bornand Identity Is Now Only Special Teams

Two-time MW Special Teams Player of the Week has dropped his linebacker duties.


Spring Practice Report: Linebackers Shine On Defense

The linebacking corps has anchored UNLV football's defense this spring.


UNLV vs. Boise State

UNLV vs. Boise State


Fresno State vs. UNLV (USA Today)

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 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 … 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.

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.


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