Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2014)
Junior kicker Mauro Bondi played in five games as a kickoff specialist in 2014 and could handle that role again in 2015. Bondi also served as a back-up place-kicker to true freshman Drew Brown for part of the season and will look to push for time in that role as a senior.
Bondi handled the kickoff chores for the first three games of the season before breaking his collarbone in a non-football accident. He missed six games due to the injury.
Bondi handled kickoffs in five games and recorded touchbacks on 15 of 34 kickoffs, with a season-high seven touchbacks against Florida Atlantic. He also made a career-long 45-yard field goal against FAU and hit his only PAT attempt in that game.
Bondi served as Nebraska’s kickoff specialist and booted 48 of his 77 kickoffs for touchbacks. He had seven touchbacks against South Dakota State and six against Southern Miss. His efforts helped NU rank fifth in the Big Ten in kickoff coverage at 20.2 yards per return.
Bondi made his only field goal attempt, a 22-yarder against South Dakota State. He also connected on 7-of-8 PAT attempts.
Bondi sat out the season as a redshirt.
Bondi played in four games and kicked off four times, including twice against Chattanooga. He also made his only PAT attempt at Minnesota.
Before Nebraska (West Boca Raton HS)
Bondi showcased his ability by handling place-kicking, punting and kickoff chores at West Boca Raton (Fla.) High School. As a senior, Bondi connected on 7-of-11 field goals with a long of 44 yards for Coach Willie Dodaro.
Bondi showed his leg strength by booting 45 of his 55 kickoff attempts for touchbacks. He also punted for West Boca Raton and averaged 43.2 yards per attempt. As a junior, Bondi hit on 13-of-19 field goals, with a long of 51 yards, drilled 47 kickoffs for touchbacks and also averaged better than 43 yards per punt. Bondi finished fourth in the kickoff competition at the 2010 Kohl’s Scholarship Camp. Bondi was ranked among the nation’s top 10 place-kickers by ESPN. He also had a scholarship offer from Wake Forest.
Mauro is the son of Bruno and Connie Bondi, and he was born on Dec. 18, 1992. He is majoring in criminology and criminal justice. Bondi has volunteered his time with local hospital visits, Uplifting Athletes, Husker Heroes and the Husker Hotline.
» Field Goals: 2-for-2 (22 yards in 2013; 45 yards in 2014)
» PATs: 9-for-10 (1-for-1 in 2011; 7-for-8 in 2013; 1-for-1 in 2014)
» Kickoffs: 110 career kickoffs, 61 touchbacks
» Field Goals - 1 (twice)
» Long Field Goal - 45 vs. Florida Atlantic (2014)
» PATs Made - 5-5 vs. SDSU (2013)