March 13, 2013
TUCSON - Former University of Arizona football kicker John Bonano has earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, it was announced this week. A significant honor for Bonano and Arizona Athletics, he has been awarded a $7,500 scholarship for postgraduate study at a university or professional school. He is currently applying to medical school and undergoing the interview process.
Earning his degree in physiology in December 2012 with a graduating GPA of 3.928, Bonano attended Arizona on an honors academic scholarship. He was the 2012 Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete, a 2010, 2011 and 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic honoree and a 2012 CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District award winner. A team leader in community service, he logged hours with regular visits to the Diamond Children's Center.
As a senior in 2012, Bonano ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in scoring and No. 1 among kickers with 7.8 points per game. In his final campaign, he was 58-of-59 in PATs and 14-of-20 in field goals. He also ran in for a two-point conversion against ASU. Bonano's PAT with 0:19 to play in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl gave the Wildcats the go-ahead score to win the game, 49-48.
In the 56-31 win over Colorado, Bonano made all eight of his PAT kicks, improving his then-season total to 45-of-45. Combined with a 24-of-24 success rate in 2011, Bonano converted all 69 PAT tries at that point in his career. That mark broke the school record of 68-consecutive made kicks set previously by Max Zendejas (1982-84) and Jason Bondzio (2007-08). He extended his school-record streak to 73 extra points.
Also handling kickoff duties in 2012, he averaged 6.69 boots per game and 59.8 yards per kick with 42 touchbacks for a season total of 87 kickoffs for 5,206 yards.
Additionally, Bonano earned a 2013 Pillar of Excellence Award, given out by Arizona's Honors College to distinguished graduating seniors. On March 3, Bonano was honored by the Southern Arizona Chapter of the National Football Foundation as a 2013 Scholar-Athlete.