Oct. 24, 2011
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Arizona place kicker John Bonanohas been named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday morning.
Bonano, a senior from Salinas, Calif., accounted for 12 points on two field goals and six extra point kicks in last Thursday's 48-12 victory over UCLA before a national audience on ESPN. It was Bonano's first start as the team's place kicker.
Entering last Thursday's contest, Arizona has made just 2-of-6 field goal attempts and had five missed or blocked extra point kicks on the season. Bonano was a perfect 8-for-8 on his kicks in the game.
Bonano's first career field goal attempt came in the third quarter. He successfully converted the 41-yard try - the longest made kick for UA this season - and added a 22-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Bonano, a first team Pac-10 All-Academic honoree in 2010, has handled the Wildcats' kickoff duties over the last three seasons. He leads the Pac-12 to date with 16 touchbacks on the season.
Arizona plays at Washington this Saturday, Oct. 29. The game will be televised on FSN beginning at 7:30 p.m. (PDT).