The Monday after the Bulls 36-37 loss to Syracuse in the final seconds, the BIG EAST Conference named USF kicker Maikon Bonani the Special Teams Player of the Week for his school record setting performance.
The Bulls senior place kicker was named the BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week after scoring a school-record 18 points in USF’s 37-36 loss to Syracuse, which is also the most by any BIG EAST kicker in a game this season.
Bonani was a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts, connecting from 35, 32, 46, 41 and 47 yards, and was 3-for-3 on PATs. His 41-yard field goal gave the Bulls a 26-24 lead into the fourth quarter and late in the game, his 47-yard kick gave the Bulls a 36-31 lead with just 1:23 remaining.
This was the second time Bonani was named the Big East special Teams Player of the week, receiving it for his performance in 2011 against Rutgers after he made field goals from 47 and 21, scoring nine points and was perfect on five placements to help USF in the win against The Scarlet Knights.
Bonani has scored 296 career points, the most of any active BIG EAST player. He was also was placed on the Lou Groza watch list for the best College Kicker Award this season, his second straight nomination.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Teddy Bridgewater • So. • QB • Louisville • Miami, Fla.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Preston Brown • Jr. • LB • Louisville • Cincinnati, Ohio
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Maikon Bonani • Sr. • K • USF • Lake Wales, Fla.
Ralph David Abernathy IV • So. • RB • Cincinnati • Atlanta, Ga.
Had 204 all-purpose yards and scored two rushing touchdowns in a 34-31 overtime loss to Louisville.
Greg Blair • Sr. • LB • Cincinnati • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Had 19 tackles and 1.5 sacks in a 34-31 overtime loss to Louisville.
Tino Sunseri • Sr. • QB • Pittsburgh • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Completed 20 of 28 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-17 win against Temple.
Ryan Nassib • Sr. • QB • Syracuse • West Chester, Pa.
Completed 27 of 40 passes for 328 yards and four second-half touchdowns to rally Syracuse to a 37-36 win at USF.
Marcus Sales • Sr. • WR • Syracuse • Syracuse, N.Y.
Had nine receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-36 win at USF. Had 107 receiving yards in the second half. Click here for more info or to share your thoughts with other USF insiders -- get the inside scoop!