Returns for his second year as the Mountaineers’ kicker … selected first-team all-BIG EAST Conference by the league coaches, ESPN.com, The Sporting News, rivals.com and second team by Phil Steele … earned the starting kicker position during the 2009 preseason and has proven to be a valuable scoring asset for the Mountaineer offense … clutch kicker, having kicked four field goals twice (Liberty, Pitt) last year and hit the game-winner as time expired against Pitt … also handled the team’s kickoff duties … bowl trips: 2008 Meineke Car Care, 2010 Konica Minolta Gator.
2009 (r-Fr.): Named to the all-BIG EAST freshman team by The Sporting News, ESPN.com and rivals.com … hit 13-of-15 field goals (86.7 percent) … long of 45 yards against Liberty … made field goals of 40 yards or more five times … connected on the first six attempts of his career … also made seven straight in the last part of the regular season … scored 41-of-42 extra point tries, including 29-straight to close the season … hit his first 12, before missing his last attempt at Auburn … 19 kickoffs for 1,131 yards, an average of 59.5 yards per kick and had three touchbacks … his 13 field goals tied him for No. 10 on WVU single-season chart … No. 11 on WVU’s single-season extra point made list … No. 10 on the school’s season kick scoring list … No. 5 in the BIG EAST in kick scoring and No. 10 in overall scoring (6.2) … tied for No. 5 in BIG EAST in field goals made per game (1.00) and No. 3 in point after attempt percentage … BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week: Liberty, Pitt … WVU Special Teams Champion: Liberty, Pitt … hit his only field goal attempt at Rutgers, a 41-yarder in the fourth quarter … connected on a career-high four field goals against Pitt, including the game-winner as time expired … hit field goals of 20, 43, 39 and 43 yards against the Panthers … the four field goals tied the Milan Puskar Stadium record for most field goals in a game with his earlier game against Liberty and with Pat McAfee, who kicked four field goals against Rutgers in 2006 … connected on a season-long 42 yard field goal against Louisville … also had four kickoffs for 265 yards, an average of 66.2 yards per kick and had two result in touchbacks …three kickoffs for 183 yards, an average of 61 yards per kick and a touchback … connected on a 33-yard field goal at USF and had a 32-yard field goal against Marshall … hit a 28-yard field goal at Auburn … tied a Milan Puskar Stadium record, hitting 4-of-4 field goals against Liberty in his first career game … connected on field goals of 35, 36, 38 and 45 yards.
2008 (Fr.): Redshirted.
Prep: Coached by Bill Renner at West Springfield High … all-state kicker as a senior … selected Washington, D.C. all-metro by The Washington Post as a senior … two-time first-team all-Patriot district punter and kicker … two-time first-team all-Northern Region kicker and punter … two-time first-team all-district kicker and punter … connected on 13-of-17 field goal attempts, including a 50-yarder, and made 49-of-50 extra points … the 13 field goals were the most in the state and tied him for the seventh most in a season in state history … 70 of his 81 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks … had a 39.0-yard per punt average with a long of 60 yards … as a senior, he finished with 88 kicking points and had a two-year career total of 152 points … for his career, he finished with 15-of-20 field goals with a long of 50 yards, 107-of-108 extra point attempts, including consecutive streak of 70, 123 touchbacks on 147 kickoffs, and a 39.4-yard punting average with a long of 60 yards … had 29 punts land inside the opponent 20-yard line and 10 punts of 50 yards or more … three-year letterwinner in soccer … earned first-team all-district honors as a junior.
Personal: Birthday is Nov. 5 … son of Mauro and Teresa Bitancurt … one of two boys in his family … majoring in athletic coaching education.