SAN JOSE -- The SaberCats announced today that they were assigned kicker Nich Pertuit on a two-year contract.
“Nich proved to be extremely accurate for us last season,” said Owner/Head Coach Darren Arbet. “He is an asset in the kicking game and with his experience in this league, we expect good things from him again in 2013.”
Pertuit (5-11, 195, UIW) appeared in 13 games last season for the SaberCats, connecting on 103-of-114 extra point attempts (90%) and finished 1-of-2 on field goal attempts. His knack for hitting the bar with his kickoffs as well as his propensity for quality onside kicks (had five recovered) also created numerous opportunities for the SaberCats in 2012.
The two-year AFL veteran spent the 2011 season with the Iowa Barnstormers of the AFL where he went 53-of-64 on his extra point attempts (83%) and 6-of-11 in field goal attempts. Before playing with the Barnstormers, Pertuit played two seasons (2009-10) in the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL) with the Abilene Ruff Riders, going a combined 60-of-71 on extra points and was the team’s second leading scorer in 2009.
The Billings, Mont. native attended the University of Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, where he played soccer and received both a B.S. in Physical Education, as well as a Master of Science in Kinesiology. During his time at UIW he was a four-year starter and served as team captain in both his junior and senior seasons. Pertuit was also an all-conference and all-region player at UIW, and twice was nominated for the Cardinals’ Student-Athlete of the Year award.
Nich Pertuit Bio:
Weight: 195 lbs.
Born: April 7, 1983
Hometown: Billings, Mont.
Last Team: Iowa Barnstormers (AFL)
College: UIW (San Antonio)
AFL Experience: Two Years
Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services