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90 Thaddeus Bullard
  • Defensive End
  • 6-4, 263, Senior
  • Live Oak
  • (Suwannee HS)

Career
Played in 44 regular season games with three starts for 906 plays and also played in the 1998 Citrus Bowl, 1999 Orange Bowl and 2000 Citrus Bowl...Elected UF Student Body Vice President in April 2000...Recipient of the Goodwill Gator Award during the spring of 1998 for community service and involvement...Graduated in August 2000...Registered 56 career tackles and 31 "Big Plays" (six QB sacks (-48), three TBL (-11), three FF, 18 FH and one PD)

2000 Season
A senior who is a backup at DE...Played in 10 of 12 games (missed Mississippi State and South Carolina) with one start (Ball State)...Saw action on 156 snaps...17 tackles and four "Big Plays" (four FH) on the season...Sixth on the squad with four forced QB hurries...Recorded five solo tackles in season opener vs. Ball State...Three forced QB hurries marked his career-high vs. LSU...Recorded five tackles to tie his career high vs. Georgia...Four tackles in SEC Championship game vs. Auburn...Received UF's Most Improved Defensive Lineman Award this past spring

1999 Season
Top backup at rush end... Played in all 12 games with two starts (Western Michigan and LSU) for 281 plays... Also played in Citrus Bowl... 11 tackles and 13.5 "Big Plays" (2.5 QB sacks (-17.5), one TBL (-6), one PD, one FF, and eight FH) for the season... 13.5 "Big Plays" ranked fourth on the defensive line and eighth on the team... Eight QB forced hurries ranked second on team... First career start in season opener vs. Western Michigan and registered two solo tackles... Three "Big Plays" (one PD, one FF and one FH) vs. UCF... One tackle and two "Big Plays" (one QB sack (-3) and one FH) vs. Kentucky... Three tackles and four "Big Plays" (one QB sack (-10) and three FH) vs. Alabama... Second career start vs. LSU and registered two tackles and two "Big Plays" (two FH)... Recipient, for the second year in row, of the Goodwill Gator Award during spring.

1998 Season
Played in each of UF's 11 regular season games for 236 plays... Also played in Orange Bowl... 11 tackles, one forced hurry, one forced fumble and 0.5 QB sack (-3.5) on the year... Received the defensive unit's Goodwill Gator Award during spring drills for community involvement.

1997 Season
A top backup at end who played in all 11 games for 233 plays... Also played in Citrus Bowl... Averaged 21.2 plays per game... 17 tackles and 11 "Big Plays" (five TTFL (-32), one FF and five FH)... Made Gator debut vs. Southern Mississippi and had one tackle and one QB sack for eight yards... Two tackles, one TBL (-2) and two FH vs. Central Michigan... Two tackles and one QB sack (-10) vs. Kentucky... Three tackles, two FH and one TBL (-3) vs. Arkansas... Two tackles and 0.5 QB sack (-8) vs. Auburn... Two tackles vs. South Carolina... Two tackles and one forced fumble vs. Florida State.

Prep
Considered among the nation's elite prep defensive linemen in 1995... Named to virtually every prep All-America squad, including the prestigious Parade All-America Team... Second-team 1995 USA Today All-America choice... SuperPrep ranked him the second-best defensive line prospect in the nation while the National Recruiting Advisor ranked him the second-top defensive tackle prospect... Named to the Bluechips Illustrated national Dream Team... Named to Florida's prestigious Super Seniors Team... A first-team All-State (4A) selection... High school coach was Mike Pittman... Also visited Florida State, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Personal
Born Thaddeus Michael Bullard on April 29, 1977 in Boynton Beach, Florida... Parents: Jerry and Daria Bullard... Hopes to pursue a career in criminology... Michael Jordan is his favorite sports personality... Enjoys working with kids, playing sports and video games ... Has spoken at local churches and also coached younger kids.


CAREER STATISTICS
Year UT-AT TT TTFL (yds) FH FF PD
1997 9-8 17 5 (-32) 5 1 0
1998 3-8 11 0.5 (-3.5) 1 1 0
1999 8-3 11 3.5 (23.5) 8 1 1
2000 10-7 17 0 (0) 4 0 0
Totals 30-26 56 9 (-59) 18 3 1

CAREER HIGHS (Game):
Total Tackles:
5 (three times, most recent, Georgia, 2000)
Unassisted Tackles: 2 (Three times, most recent, Georgia, 2000)
Forced Hurries: 3 (LSU, 2000)
QB Sacks: 1 (Two times, most recent, Alabama, 1999)
"Big Plays:" 4 (Alabama, 1999)

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