Bonani Makes All-Big East First Team
By TOM ZEBOLD
USF Senior Writer
TAMPA - Maikon Bonani finished his USF football career with most of the program's kicking records and a prestigious conference honor to boot.
USF's all-time career points leader has been named to the All-Big East First Team after connecting on 18 of his 23 field goal attempts this season.
The Bulls' senior class was well represented on the All-Big East Second Team with offensive lineman Mark Popek, defensive tackle Cory Grissom, linebacker Sam Barrington and punter Justin Brockhaus-Kann all becoming selections.
Bonani was the Bulls' leader in points this season with 75 and he leaves the program atop the USF record books in field goal percentage (76.7), most consecutive PATs made (62), consecutive field goals made (12), along with points scored in a career (269).
Popek provided USF with versatility on the line this season despite battling through injuries. The Plant City, Fla., native began the year on the Outland Trophy Watch List and wound up starting nine games.
Grissom will be suiting up for the Senior Bowl after ranking second among USF defenders with 7.0 tackles for loss along with 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Barrington finished second on the team in tackles (80) and ranks eighth all-time at USF in stops with 258. He also posted 6.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles to earn an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.
Brockhaus-Kann set a single-season career high with a punting average of 40.6 yards that ranked him fourth in the Big East. His 70-yard punt at Cincinnati ranks him second all-time in program history behind Devin Sanderson's 72-yarder in 2002.