Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013 AT 10:09 PM / Updated at 10:10 AM
Bondi: No change to approach
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Brett Maher is gone and Mauro Bondi is the heir apparent to take over the Nebraska place-kicking duties.

Bondi’s approach, however, is no different than last spring when Maher was a returning All-Big Ten specialist for the Huskers.

“Just keeping that same focus,” Bondi said. “Nothing really changes now. You move up the ranks as people leave, and I’m just trying to take on a leadership role with special teams.”

Bondi, a sophomore from Boca Raton, Fla., is the only scholarship kicker or punter in the program. He was used sparingly in 2011 before redshirting a year ago.

But he feels way ahead of where he was a year ago — or at any previous point in his Husker career.

“I feel like I’ve been a lot more sound in my technique,” Bondi said. “Brett’s really helped me in that respect, and he still helps me on our off days if we come down here.”

Maher handled not only field goals, extra points and kickoffs the last two seasons, but also the punting duties. Bondi has been working on his punting, but NU also has redshirt freshman Sam Foltz among other candidates.

So he’s not sure how that works out.

“If somebody better comes along, then that’s not a problem,” he said. “But I do like kicking field goals and kickoffs right now. The punting’s kind of a secondary thing to me.”

About Rich Kaipust

Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football. You can follow Rich on Twitter (@RKaipustOWH) or email him at rich.kaipust@owh.com