Wyoming: Handled kickoffs, averaging 64.4 yards per kickoff... posted four touchbacks on seven attempts. Southern Miss: Booted nine kickoffs for 520 yards, including six touchbacks... also was 2-for-2 on PAT attempts. UCLA: Kicked off four times in the game for 257 yards, including three touchbacks. SDSU: Kicked off nine times, producing seven touchbacks... was a perfect 3-for-3 on PATs and converted his first career field goal... was a 22-yard attempt that gave Nebraska a 38-17 lead into halftime. Illinois: Blasted five touchbacks on the day on nine kickoffs... was 1-of-2 on PATs. Purdue: Played in his 10th career game... booted six kickoffs for 390 yards... produced three touchbacks. Minnesota: Averaged 60.8 yards on six kickoffs, with five resulting in touchbacks. Northwestern: Kicked off four times on the day for an average of 65.0 yards... produced three touchbacks. Michigan: Produced three touchbacks on four kickoffs... totaled 244 yards on four kicks. Michigan State: Kicked off five times for 315 yards, including three touchbacks.
Mauro Bondi is in line to take over a key role for Nebraska in 2013, as he hopes to continue an amazing run of success for Husker kicking specialists. Bondi has served as the backup place-kicker behind Brett Maher the past two seasons, and watched as Maher earned All-Big Ten honors as both a place-kicker and punter.
Maher himself had succeeded All-American Alex Henery in the same roles in 2011, and now Bondi looks to continue NU’s success this fall. Like his two predecessors, Bondi has the ability to handle place-kicking, kickoff and punting duties and will look to solidify his hold on those spots this spring. Bondi redshirted last season, after seeing limited action in 2011.
Bondi was prepared as Maher’s backup, but sat out the season as a redshirt.
Bondi appeared in four games in 2011. He handled four kickoffs on the year, two against Chattanooga and one each against Washington and Minnesota. He also connected on 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 has not declared a major. Bondi has volunteered his time with local hospital events, Husker Heroes and the Husker Hotline.
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