Whoa. We’re halfway there. Some might even say we’re livin’ on a prayer. With 50 days to go, today we’ll look at #50 on the Bronco roster—Nicholai Pitman
#50, Nicholai Pitman, Sophomore, LS
Weight: 224 lbs. (-9)
High School: Timberline High School, Boise, ID
How'd he get to The BlueTM?
Little is known about the enigmatic Pitman, but I can say with near-certainty that he is a walk-on—and a local one. As far as individual accolades go, Pitman has few listed, but he did help his Timberline squad to the 5A State Playoffs as a junior and senior and also competed in both shot put and discus for the Timberline track team. Pitman was on the SIC Academic honors list as a senior.
It’s a hand-me-down
Former Bronco b-ball threemaster, Jeff Elorriaga
Featured on day 50 of 2016 OBNUG roster countdown. Appeared in one game for the Broncos in 2016 (Hawaii), handling PAT and field goal snapping duties. Helped team to 5A SIC playoff berths in 2014 and 2015.
In hindsight, last year’s Pitman countdown might been a little heavy on snark...but I suppose that’s what happens when you don’t have a photo, bio, or really anything else to your name...and of course, you’re a long snapper—an integral if not a tad boring position on the team. The long snapper position is a lonely one in that you don’t really notice these guys are there unless they screw up...and people are probably much more likely to watch the tee-retrieving dog’s form than that of the snapper, but it’s hard to do much on field goals, punts, or PATs without them, so I suppose that’s just their cross to bear.
With Matt Cota bolting early, Pitman might have just landed in the proverbial cat-bird seat at snapper, and in fall camp may just have one other dedicated LS to outperform for main duties (walk-on Daniel Cantrell). With Pitman having a “start” under his belt (last season at Hawaii), I’d say he’ll enter camp as the front-runner, but he’ll need to perform because snapping isn’t a spot where they’ll have a lot of leeway. This is a position we’ve had linebackers play in the past (remember Dallas Dobbs?). Based on size alone, it will be difficult for l’il Pit to exit his father’s shadow, but becoming a contributor for the Broncos would go a long way in that regard.
Is he on Twitter?
He is, but still has that account (@nic10pit) on lockdown. Probably for the best.
Completely made up fact
Nicholai’s father, Jeff—incidentally, BSU’s Strength and Conditioning Coach—has given Nicholai the same birthday present every year for 15 years. He gets to run decks.