Mauro Bondi enters 2014 with hopes of earning the starting place-kicker job for the Huskers. Bondi has served as the backup place-kicker the past three seasons, including being the top reserve to Pat Smith in 2013. This spring, Bondi was the only kicker on the roster with game experience, and he will look for more consistency in fall camp.
Nebraska has a recent tradition of fielding one of the nation’s best kicking units, as NU kickers have connected on 121-of-141 field goals over the past seven seasons.
Bondi’s strong leg helped Nebraska field one of the nation’s top kickoff units in 2013, as the 6-0, 205-pound Bondi ranked among the national leaders in touchbacks with 48. He is likely to continue in that role in 2014.
Bondi served as Nebraska’s kickoff specialist throughout the season 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 Nebraska 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, including 3-of-3 against the Jackrabbits.
Bondi was prepared as Brett Maher’s backup, but sat out the season as a redshirt.
Bondi appeared in four games. He handled four kickoffs, 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 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 - 1 vs. SDSU (2013)
» Long Field Goal - 22 vs. SDSU (2013)
» PATs Made - 5-5 vs. SDSU (2013)