Bondi, Smith in tight battle to be kicker
Sophomore Mauro Bondi redshirted last year after seeing some action as a freshman. He says he doesn't mind the competition from transfer Pat Smith. “It definitely brings out the competitor in both of us.”
Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 12:00 am
LINCOLN — Pat Smith had job security at Western Illinois, where he'd made all 10 of his field-goal attempts last season and could have returned as the Leathernecks' top kicker for his senior year.
Smith was playing close to his home of Quincy, Ill., and had some recognition, being named a 2012 finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award, which goes to the nation's outstanding kicker from a school outside the Football Bowl Subdivision.
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Friday, August 16, 2013 12:00 am.