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Kicker Bondi calls it a Husker career
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Kicker Bondi calls it a Husker career

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Mauro Bondi

Mauro Bondi

And then there was one scholarship placekicker.

Husker senior kicker Mauro Bondi announced on Twitter Thursday night that his Nebraska football career has come to a close.

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Bondi was the most experienced placekicker entering the 2014 season, but saw a challenge immediately when the Huskers brought in true freshman Drew Brown, younger brother of former Husker kicker Kris Brown, on scholarship for that same year.

And things just didn't go Bondi's way after fall camp either. He started the year as the kickoff specialist but was injured in a motorcycle crash in September 2014 and missed almost the next two months with a broken collarbone.

In that time, Brown handled kickoff duties in addition to placekicking duties and the Huskers also had Spencer Lindsay, a walk-on from Kearney, handle some kickoff duties.

Nebraska also added former Utah kicker Jamie Sutcliffe, who was most recently at Piece College (Woodland Hills, California), as a walk-on in March. Sutcliffe and Lindsay will be juniors this year, and Brown a sophomore.

Bondi, who primarily served as a kickoff specialist at Nebraska, didn't say on Twitter if he planned to pursue playing opportunities elsewhere. He was 2-for-2 on field goals and 9-of-10 on PATs during his career, but had 61 of his 110 career kickoffs go for touchbacks.

Bondi makes six scholarship players to leave the program in the last month; three left in early June, followed by two more just last week.

Reach Clint Robus at crobus@journalstar.com or 402-473-2646. Follow him on Twitter @ClintRobus.

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Clint Robus is the digital and assistant sports editor at the Journal Star.

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