Sophomore Mauro Bondi helped Nebraska field one of the nation’s top kickoff units in 2013. The Florida native had a strong season as the Huskers’ kickoff specialist ranking among the national leaders in touchbacks. Bondi also served as the backup place-kicker behind senior Pat Smith.
Bondi is expected to battle for the starting place-kicking role again next season.
Bondi served as Nebraska’s kickoff specialist throughout the season and booted 46 of his 72 kickoffs for touchbacks. Bondi’s 46 touchbacks ranked among the national leaders. He had seven touchbacks against South Dakota State and six against Southern Miss. His efforts helped Nebraska rank third in the Big Ten in kickoff coverage and 20th in the nation in opponent kickoff return average at 18.9 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, including 3-of-3 against the Jackrabbits.
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.
» Field Goals - 1 vs. SDSU (2013)
» Long Field Goal - 22 vs. SDSU (2013)
» PATs Made - 5-5 vs. SDSU (2013)