Wednesday night USF head coach Jim Leavitt announced that he will go with true freshman kicker Maikon Bonani to handle field goals and extra points against Kansas Friday.
The true freshman Bonani will replace Delbert Alvarado, who has made just one of four attempts in two games this season. Including two misses at UCF Saturday with the last a missed a 42-yard attempt with 11 seconds left in regulation that he hooked left in the overtime win.
Coach Leavitt said the decision was made due so that Alvarado wouldn't have to serve as both punter and kicker, and focus on just the punting duties.
The 5'9, 170 pound Bonani was a 1st team All-State, and 1st team All-District selection for class 3A football in 2006, and a second team pick last season when he was hampered by some nagging injuries. He was also second-team all punter in the state last year and was coached his first two years at Lake Wales by former Bull Chad Barnhart who is now the OC at Weber.
Bonani has a big time leg, hitting three field goals from more than 50 yards last year, the longest being 57 yards. He also routinely sends kick-offs through the end zone, and in practice hits field goals of 60-70 yards. That combination of power and accuracy has made him one of the top place-kicking prospects in the state.
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