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78 Jonathan Colon
  • Offensive Takle
  • 6-7, 315
  • 2001-04, 4L
  • Miami (Miami Central HS/Bridgton Academy (Maine))

A versatile lineman who played center, guard and tackle during his Gator career…

CAREER: Played in 43 games, including 22 starts, for 1,800 plays, and the 2002 Orange Bowl…

2004: The starting left tackles who started nine games (all except Georgia, Vanderbilt and Miami)…Came off the bench against Georgia and Vanderbilt after being slowed in practice by an ankle injury and against Miami due to the flu…634 plays on the offensive line ranked fourth on the team…Named UF's "Best Pass Protector of the Week" against Eastern Michigan, Tennessee, and Middle Tennessee State…Named UF's "Lineman of the Week" against Georgia…Also saw action for 49 snaps on the field goal and extra point team…

2003: Saw action in the last 10 games (Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, FSU, Iowa) for 319 plays with starts vs. LSU, Arkansas and Georgia at left tackle…Missed the first three games with a knee injury after colliding with Anthony Guerrero in the final preseason scrimmage on Aug. 19th, returned vs. Tennessee…Saw his first start of the season at LSU, stepping in for senior Max Starks who missed the game due to an abscessed tooth…Saw his first action of the season against Tennessee, grading out to 88 percent, the second-highest of any Gator offensive lineman…In on 30 offensive plays and posted three knock downs against Tennessee…Was selected the Offensive Lineman of the Week against Ole Miss, grading out to a team-best 88 percent with four knockdowns…Delivered a punishing block against LSU that CBS selected as its' Block of the Game…In on 74 offensive snaps while posting two knock downs against LSU… Missed 2003 spring practice with back and knee injuries suffered during the 2002 season…

2002: Started first 10 games at right tackle before missing the South Carolina, FSU and Michigan games due to back and knee injuries… Played in the first 11 games…His 723 plays rank fourth among offensive lineman…In first career start vs. UAB recorded a team-high eight knockdowns… Named Most Physical Offensive Lineman during the week of the Tennessee game…

2001: A true freshman who played a back-up role at tackle…Considered one of most versatile players on the offensive line…Played in eight of 11 regular season games (all but Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee) for 124 plays and the 2002 Orange Bowl…

PREP: One of the state's elite offensive linemen in 1999 who gained prep All-America honors…Signed with UF in February 2000 but did not enroll for the fall term when classes began in late August… Attended Bridgton Academy in Maine in fall of 2000 and re-signed with UF in Feb. 2001…Named to SuperPrep's All-America Team in 1999 and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 15 offensive linemen…First-team All-State selection in 1999 at Miami Central High School…High school coach was Tim Harris…

MAJOR: Recreation Program Delivery.


  • Enjoys swimming, fishing and karate
  • Thinks he would enjoy living in the dinosaur age
  • Two-time track MVP

What They Are Saying About JONATHAN COLON

"Jonathan's always been the hitter. He was a terror in tournaments because of his size. I would always have to have his birth certificate and pictures with me [to prove his age]. And he always would get booed. Nobody likes the big guy." (September 3, 2002)
Moises Colon, Jonathan Colon's father

"It was a style that spawned one of the most nimble 300-pounders in UF history. He has the quickest feet I've probably ever seen."( Sept. 3, 2002)
Shannon Snell, Former UF Offensive Lineman

"He's had a nice camp, he's done a nice job. He looks the best he has ever looked." (August 13, 2004)
Ron Zook, Former UF Head Coach

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