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Maikon Bonani earns Big East special teams player of the week

South Florida kicker was named the conference's best special teams player for the week following a five-field goal performance.

Al Messerschmidt

South Florida kicker Maikon Bonani was named Monday as the Big East Special Teams Player of the Week following his school-record five field goals in Saturday's 37-36 loss to the Syracuse Orange, as Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times writes.

The senior kicker accounted for 18 of the Bulls' 38 points, which included a season-long field goal of 47 yards. The 18 points are the most of any Big East kicker this season. Before going 5-for-5 against Syracuse, Bonani had gone 6-for-8 on field goals in the team's first seven games of the season. His previous career high was three field goals in a game, which he's done seven times in four seasons as USF's kicker.

It's a rare bit of good news in what has been an abysmal season for the Bulls. The loss to Syracuse was the team's sixth in a row. South Florida (2-6) can snap that losing streak on Saturday when they host Connecticut at 7 p.m. ET.

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