The Rebels wore half-pads on the third day of preseason practice.
UNLV: An all-around athlete that excelled at three positions in high school but is projected as a LB for the Rebels ... 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.
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 ... Made nine field goals last fall.
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.