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Thursday, July 30, 2015

UNLV Rebels Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


July 29, 2015 - summer specialists
"Kicker Jonathan Leiva and punter Logan Yunker both return for the Rebels. In 2014 Leiva connected on 32 of 33 extra points and 11 of 17 field goal attempts. Yunker ranked 10th in the MWC, averaging 40.5 yards a punt." - Mountain West Connection

October 10, 2014 - Nicolai Bornand kicks game winner over Fresno State
"Football games at all levels are often decided by a kick. UNLV’s game Friday against Fresno State came down to a field goal. Actually, three field goals. Really, it was three field goals and an extra point. And a couple of kicks out of bounds. In the end, what mattered was the Rebels’ Nicolai Bornand, the one who handles kickoffs and long field goals, was the one called on to make 33-yard field goal in overtime to give UNLV a much-needed victory. He did just that, drilling the kick through the uprights for a 30-27 win over defending Mountain West champion Fresno State, setting off a frenzy among UNLV players on the Sam Boyd Stadium field. 'It’s always a dream' to kick the winner, Bornand said. 'I never thought I would get a chance. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I’m glad we came out on top'.... And the story of this night about was about the kickers, and much of it was bad news for both teams. Fresno State’s Kody Kroening sent two kickoffs out of bounds, setting UNLV up at its 35 both times and putting the Rebels in position to score a touchdown and field goal. Kroening also missed the extra point following Fresno State’s go-ahead touchdown, keeping the Rebels within three points. That was big when Bornand delivered a 46-yard field goal to tie the game at 27 with 3:37 remaining. UNLV had the opportunity to win the game in regulation after forcing a three-and-out, but Jonathan Leiva — who handles extra points and short field goals — badly missed a 26-yard field goal to the right as time expired." - Review Journal

April 10, 2014 - Who will be the kicker?
"The Rebels took a step forward in answering that when they recently signed JC transfer Jonathan Leiva, but Nicolai Bornand — who doubles as a linebacker — stepped up with a strong spring. ESPN ranked Bornand the nation’s No. 16 prospect at kicker in 2013. 'We recruited him to do both,' Hauck said. 'He can do it. We’ll have to have another guy because you can’t have a kicker playing linebacker and special teams for us and get banged up and not being able to kick. But to have an emergency guy or a long field goal guy or a kickoff guy like him is a real bonus. He’s done a nice job at linebacker, too.' The presence of Leiva and Bornand makes it unlikely Hauck will bring in a walk-on kicker." - Review Journal

April 7, 2014 - kicker Jonathan Leiva signs
"Leiva (6-0, 175) is the second kicker to sign with the Rebels this year as local product Conor Perkins out of Green Valley High School will take a church mission before enrolling at UNLV. Leiva spent the last two years at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif. He led the Comets in scoring as a sophomore with 43 points, making 7-of-9 field-goal attempts and hitting all 22 extra-point tries. A graduate of Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, Leiva joins a former Palomar teammate, senior offensive lineman Doug Saeks, at UNLV. 'We were kind of put in a position where we needed to find a kicker for this fall and were fortunate that Jonathan Leiva was still available,' coach Bobby Hauck said. 'He is highly regarded by some kicking experts out there so we are excited to have him come in and compete for the job immediately'." - 247Sports

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