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Maikon Bonani | Place Kicker

Team: South Florida Bulls
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 174

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South Florida kicker Maikon Bonani, sidelined for all of 2009 following a fall while working at Busch Gardens, tells Tampa Bay Online that he's "close to 100 percent" and looking forward to battling Eric Schwartz for the starting job.
We'll expect this battle to be waged for all of spring and summer camp. Wed, Mar 24, 2010 05:15:00 PM

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South Florida kicker Maikon Bonani, who was injured in that horrible amusement park accident this summer, has resumed running and doing a little kicking with the team. 

Great news as Bonani's back injury appears to be recovering nicely, making a return for the 2010 campaign a very good possibility.
Tue, Nov 3, 2009 03:15:00 AM

South Florida kicker kicker Maikon Bonani made his first appearance since his 35-foot fall that left him with a cracked vertebra.  "I'm blessed," said Bonani.  "It is a pretty long fall. Only to have a broken bone, it's pretty amazing."

Bonani is not expected to be back this season.  We are just happy to hear he is up and about.
Wed, Aug 12, 2009 04:00:00 PM

South Florida coach Jim Leavitt confirmed that kicker Maikon Bonani is expected to miss the season and redshirt while he recovers from his horrible fall at Busch Gardens.

Delbert Alvarado is expected to assume the kicking duties. Here's hoping Bonani is able to return to action in 2010.
Source: Bay News 9
Thu, Jul 30, 2009 12:15:00 PM

South Florida kicker Maikon Bonani has been fitted with a back brace but will not require surgery to repair a cracked vertebra. Bonani's recovery time is six-to-eight weeks.Â

The timetable leaves the door open for Bonani to return this season. But we would avoid the situation all together. If your forced to pick a South Florida kicker, his backup Delbert Alvarado is a safer choice right now.Â
Thu, Jul 23, 2009 02:00:00 PM's Brian Bennett is speculating that the serious injury suffered by South Florida kicker Maikon Bonani could cause him to miss the season.

All certainly wish Bonani well. Should he need more time to recover the kicking job will likely go back to Delbert Alvarado.
Wed, Jul 22, 2009 05:35:00 PM

South Florida kicker Maikon Bonani was hospitalized following a 35-foot fall while he was working at Busch Gardens. Coach Jim Leavitt deemed him fine, saying, "The main thing here is that he didn't die. He isn't paralyzed. The most important thing is his health."

Bonani took over the kicking duties early in 2008 and he hasn't looked back. Hopefully he makes a full recovery from this scary incident. And yes, as coach so eloquently put it, the main thing here is that he didn't die.
Sun, Jul 19, 2009 09:30:00 PM