WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Arizona junior Jason Bondzio has been named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week, commissioner Tom Hansen announced on Monday. Bondzio's continued point-scoring prowess powered the first-year place kicker to his first conference weekly award, and his latest addition to the weekly conference role call brings UA's season tally to four, including three by members of Arizona's special teams units.
Bondzio successfully converted his two field goal opportunities, including a 48-yarder, and added four PATs in Arizona's 34-27 win over UCLA in Tucson on Saturday. The 10 points scored against the Bruins improved his team-leading season total to 85 for the year, the 10th-most for a single season in school history. Bondzio kicked a 39-yard field goal on Arizona's opening possession to stake the Wildcats to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and added the 48-yarder at the end of the opening frame to mark his eighth-straight contest with at least two successful field goal attempts. His successful 48-yarder improved him to 7-for-7 from 40 to 49 yards this season and his 18 field goals on the year are the fifth-most in a single season at UA. Bondzio is two FG makes away from becoming just the fourth PK in UA history with 20 or more field goals in the same season.
The Wildcats will enjoy a weekend off with a bye before hosting Oregon, the No. 3 team in the current BCS standings, on Thursday, Nov. 15 on ESPN.