Sciba Strikes for the Generals; USFL's New Jersey Generals Sign Wake Forest Kicker Nick Sciba
The New Jersey Generals make a splash signing, bolstering their Special Teams unit on January 31st with the signing of Kicker Nick Sciba. Let's discuss that;
The 23-year-old out of Clover, South Carolina, started his collegiate career with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (What a cool name!) as a highly-rated 3-star recruit in 2018. Over the course of 4 years, Sciba made 80 of his 89 field goal attempts, setting the all-time record for career accuracy at an impressive 89.9%. Not only that, but he was also perfect on all 193 extra-point attempts. You read that right, 193 consecutive extra points. In 2021, Nick, with one year left in eligibility, decided to declare for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, he went unselected but was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent after a standout tryout. He would be released after roster cuts. He went back to working at a local fish market while he waited for his moment. He ended up getting that moment after an injury threw him into the spotlight for the Steelers in Week 8. He made his professional debut in a perfect game, kicking field goals from 28 and 38 yards out, as well as a single extra-point attempt.
In their inaugural season, the Generals struggled to find consistency at the kicker position, starting 3 different kickers over 10 weeks. Nick rose went 3/10 before being released in Week 4, followed by Austin Jones who made 7/11 field goals before also being released in Week 9. With one week left in the regular season, the club signed Caden Novikoff, hoping he would get them where they needed to be. The signing of Sciba might just be the solution New Jersey is looking for.
With a track record that speaks for itself, Nick Sciba's addition to the special teams unit is sure to bring stability and dependability to an area that was an extreme weakness for the Generals. The NCAA's all-time record-holder is an invaluable acquisition for the team, and his presence will surely be felt on the field come April 15th.