September 19, 2014

Nebraska kicker injured in a motorcycle accident

Mauro Bondi.  Photo: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Mauro Bondi. Photo: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

21-year old Mauro Bondi, a kicker for the Nebraska football team, suffered a broken collarbone after he crashed his motorcycle Thursday night in Lincoln.

Lincoln police report that around 6:30 p.m., Bondi was traveling west on Alvo Road when he couldn’t handle a turn.  Bondi’s motorcycle hit a curb and then went off the road.  A person in another vehicle stopped and took Bondi back to his apartment.  He later went to the hospital and was treated for his injury.

Bondi was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not involved.  Bondi was cited for negligent driving and riding without a motorcycle license.

Bondi is a junior from Boca Raton, FL.  Nebraska plays Miami on Saturday.





Huskers ready for an electric atmosphere when they host Miami (AUDIO)

The Huskers will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 National Championship Team prior to Saturday night’s game against Miami, which is fitting. Players like sophomore defensive tackle Vincent Valentine is expected the stadium to be jumpin’.  Meanwhile sophomore offensive lineman Alex Lewis knows the historical meaning behind playing this game.

Other game notes:

NU long snapper Paul Kelly will not suit up for Nebraska. Kelly came to Lincoln a week into the season to provide another able hand at the position after the injury to Gabe Miller. Kelly, a senior, came to Nebraska after previously snapping at Miami. The two teams reached an agreement.

The Huskers took another injury hit to wide receiver Sam Burtch.  He’s out for the season with a torn ACL.  NU is also without Brandon Reilly, who will be out this week with a hamstring injury and Nebraska lost senior Jamal Turner to a torn Achilles tendon in Week 2.

If NU wants to rattle Miami’s freshman QB, they need to take away his run game (AUDIO)

Miami will start a true freshman at quarterback Brad Kaaya and so far the reviews on him have all been positive. Husker defensive coordinator John Papuchis talks about how the kid doesn’t get rattled.  However, 92,000 fans in Memorial Stadium on Saturday may change that. Defensive end Randy Gregory thinks so.

The Canes averaging 247 passing yards per game and has benefitted from Miami’s junior running back Duke Johnson.  Johnson is averaging 6.7-yards-per-carry and if Nebraska has to deal with short yardage situations, it will pose a problem.  That’s how Nebraska can rattle the freshman quarterback…take away his run game.  Put Kaaya in 2nd and 8, 3rd and 7 situations and see how he handles the pass rush and loud crowd.

Huskers ready to renew an old rivarly (AUDIO)

The Huskers are 24th in this week’s AP poll, and they host an old rival of sorts in Miami this Saturday at 7 p.m. The game will be the renewal of one of college football’s most significant non-conference rivalries where the two schools are 5-5 in the all-time series. The two programs have combined for 10 national championships, including eight since 1983. Saturday’s game will mark Miami’s first trip to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln since 1976.

The 1983 Hurricanes clinched the program’s first national crown with a memorable 31-30 victory over Nebraska in the 1984 Orange Bowl. Three of Miami’s five national titles, came with bowl victories over Nebraska. Nebraska’s 1994 national championship, the first of three in a four-year span under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Osborne, came with a win over Miami in the Orange Bowl. Osborne’s 1994 Huskers will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their championship season with a reunion this weekend in Lincoln.

Listen as we take you down memory lane.

Huskers battle heat and hostile environment as Pelini pleased with better effort (AUDIO)

The Huskers laid an early knockout blow in their 55-19 win at Fresno State, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first three minutes and Bo Pelini talked about how that kind of took the life out of the stadium.  562 total yards including 127 of those in the first three minutes of the game. A 70 yard pass to Jordan Westerkamp and a 57 yard run by Ameer Abdullah.

Defensively, the Huskers saw a lot of passing, had to play a lot of dime coverage, which means six defensive backs which will help down the road. It was also the return of Randy Gregory, who had three tackles.  Just coming back from knee surgery, really saw his first significant playing time and it was so hot out there, Pelini said Gregory battled and played well.  The conditions and flow of the game made it tough for the entire team.