Published Thursday, June 20, 2013 AT 7:00 AM / Updated at 7:23 PM
Husker Camp Countdown: No. 44 Mauro Bondi
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2013 football season.

Meet No. 44 on our list:

Mauro Bondi | 6-0 | 205 pounds | Sophomore | Kicker

Click here to see previous entries in the Husker Camp Countdown series.

After four years of Alex Henery and two years of Brett Maher, Nebraska’s next kicker has big cleats to fill. Bondi, a big-footed guy from Boca Raton, Fla., will get a good crack at being their successor.

Bondi redshirted last year and had a decent spring camp, but gets major competition in the form of Western Illinois transfer Pat Smith, who arrives this summer with more formal collegiate experience.

Still, it’s Bondi who’s been in the program for two years, knows the terrain at Memorial Stadium and in the Big Ten, and had a spring to work with NU holders.

Previous entries:
>> Honorable mentions
>> No. 50: Vincent Valentine
>> No. 49: Cethan Carter
>> No. 48: Gabe Miller
>> No. 47: Chongo Kondolo
>> No. 46: Taariq Allen
>> No. 45: Paul Thurston

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