The linebacking corps has anchored UNLV football's defense this spring.
Nicolai Bornand nails a 33-yard field goal to help defeat Fresno State.
Spring practice is a wrap after big crowd watches Rebels scrimmage on campus.
The Rebels wore half-pads on the third day of preseason practice.
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 plays at linebacker and kicker for the Rebels ... Will compete to be team's kickoff 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" ... Hails from the same prep program that produced former UNLV safety (2003-06) and current Rebel graduate assistant coach Jay Staggs.
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.