Through those first six games, Bitancurt has missed just one kick, an inconsequential 35-yarder early in what would become a 55-10 rout of Norfolk State. He is 4-for-4 inside the 30-yard line and 7-for-8 outside that line. He's made his only two tries outside 40 yards - 43 against Marshall and 45 against Bowling Green.
Eventually, though, he is going to be asked to kick with more on the line than just a routine three points in the course of a game. West Virginia is going to need a big kick under pressure.
That's when Bitancurt will no longer be anonymous, although, if he maintains his composure, nothing should really change.
"You kind of have to look at every kick the same way,'' Bitancurt said. "If it's the first field goal or the first extra point, you don't know how that's going to end up at the end of the game. So every kick's the same.
"Sure, there's a difference between those and maybe a big kick at the end of the game, but you don't really live for those moments. You just prepare and get ready for them.''
One thing has changed recently for Bitancurt, of course. He's no longer just the place-kicker, because in the past two games he also was asked to kick off. He's basically splitting time with Corey Smith, who was the kickoff and punt specialist to start the season but has lost the punting job to Molinari and is in danger of losing the kickoff job to Bitancurt.
Bitancurt kicked off twice at the end of the Bowling Green game two weeks ago, and last week against Connecticut he kicked off three times and Smith five.
"I enjoyed it,'' Bitancurt said of the extra duties. "But I need improvement.''
Well, if practice makes perfect, he and Smith should both improve. West Virginia's offense is scoring so often that there is plenty of practice for both.
"With as many touchdowns as we've been scoring,'' Bitancurt said, "the number of kickoffs will definitely wear any kicker's leg out.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.