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Jon Bostic

LB

Height
6' 1"
CLASS
SO
Hometown
Wellington
Weight
238 lbs.
Experience
1L
School
Palm Beach Central
Jon Bostic, 6’1, 218, Palm Beach Central HS, Wellington FL

CAREER:

Appeared in 51 games, making 32 starts…Finished his career with 237 total tackles, and had 19.0 TFL, 7.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, five interceptions and two forced fumbles…Four year letter-winner for the Gators.

 

2012:

Started all 13 games at middle linebacker…Third on the team with 68 tackles on the season, and fifth with 6.5 TFL for a total of 23 yards for loss…Was also tied for second on the team with 3.0 sacks and tied for fourth in interceptions (2) and third in quarterback hurries (4)…Named to Coaches’ All-SEC Second Team on defense...Phil Steele Midseason All-SEC Second Team (LB)…Butkus Award Watch List (LB)…Lombardi Award Preseason Watch list (LB)…Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Second Team (LB)…Phil Steele Preseason All-SEC (LB)…Preseason Associated Press All-SEC Third Team (LB)…Led the team in tackles (8) against Bowling Green, five were unassisted and included 1.0 TFL…Recorded at least three tackles in every game…Had a team-high and a season-high 2.0 TFL in the win against Texas A&M…Set a career-high for interceptions in a season after pulling in one INT against Missouri and then another against Jacksonville State…All five of his tackles against Texas A&M were unassisted…Totaled five unassisted tackles three times during the season (Bowling Green, Texas A&M, Georgia)…Finished the season second on the team in sacks (3.0)…Recorded one sack against Texas A&M, LSU and Vanderbilt…Had six solo stops against Louisville in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.

 

2011:

Started all 13 games at middle linebacker…Led the team with 94 tackles on the season, and finished tied for second with 10.0 TFL for a total of 57 yards for loss…Also had 3.0 sacks, two pass breakups, two QB hurries and forced a fumble…Phil Steele’s Preseason All-SEC Third Team (LB)…Lindy’s Preseason Second-Team All-SEC (LB)…CFPA Linebacker Trophy Watch List…SEC Coaches’ Preseason All-SEC Third Team (LB)…Butkus Award Watch List (LB)…Preseason All-SEC Third Team (Media) (LB)…Phil Steele’s Midseason Honorable Mention All-American (LB)…Phil Steele’s Midseason All-SEC Second Team (LB)…Led the team in tackles seven times (Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Auburn (tied), Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio State), recording eight-or-more in each of them and double digits three times…Had a TFL in each of the first four games…Had a team-leading eight tackles, including 4.0 TFL for 15 yards against Ohio State in the Gator Bowl…Registered five tackles vs. Florida State…Notched four tackles and a pass breakup against Furman…Was one shy of his career best with 12 tackles at South Carolina…Had five tackles, four solo, against Vanderbilt…Registered a team-leading nine tackles against Auburn and Georgia, with one for a 3-yard loss vs. UGA…Recorded a career-high 13 tackles, including an 8-yard sack, and a pass breakup at No. 1 LSU…Hit double digits for the first time in 2011 at Kentucky, notching 10 tackles, including a 7-yard sack, while also forcing a fumble…Notched eight tackles, including a 7-yard sack, against Tennessee…Had five tackles with a  13-yard TFL against UAB…Opened the season with three tackles, including a 4-yard TFL, against FAU.

 

2010:

Appeared in all 13 games, starting six (Miami University, USF, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Florida State)…Finished the season tied for third on the Gators with 57 tackles, 36 solo and 21 assisted…Completed the season with seven games of five or more tackles…Tied for ninth in the SEC in interceptions and tied for eighth nationally among linebackers for interceptions with three…Had five tackles (four solo) and a career-high two pass break ups vs. Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl…Registered five tackles (two solo) at Florida State…Credited with three solo tackles vs. Appalachian State and added his first career pass break up…Tallied three solo tackles vs. South Carolina…Had four tackles, including one TFL at Vanderbilt…Notched his first career solo sack vs. Georgia for a three-yard loss…Recorded eight tackles vs. Mississippi State…Collected five tackles vs. LSU, which marked the fourth time he had made five or more tackles in a game that season and notched a half-sack…Had three tackles, a quarterback hit and his third interception of the season (second in as many games) vs. Kentucky…Led the Gators with eight tackles at Tennessee (five solo)…Made a crucial interception in the red zone to end a second-quarter Tennessee drive, preserving a 7-3 Florida lead…Held the point of attack on Omarius Hines’ 36-yard fake punt run vs. Tennessee…Registered six tackles vs. USF and his pressure forced a third-quarter Justin Trattou interception from USF QB B.J. Daniels…Recorded his first career start in the season opener at middle linebacker with five tackles and his first career interception.

 

2009:

Led all freshmen with 18 total tackles, including 14 solo…Totaled five tackles, three solo, playing special teams and linebacker against Vanderbilt…Collected three total tackles against Troy…Led the team in tackles with seven (six solo) in his collegiate debut against Charleston Southern…Enrolled at UF in January of 2009.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA:

Selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…Ranked as the fifth-best inside linebacker prospect according to Rivals.com…Had over 100 tackles in his junior season…Selected UF over Miami, LSU, FSU and Clemson…Coached by Rodney Harris…In 2008, he rushed the ball 75 times for 458 yards and six touchdowns…Member of the ESPNU Top 150…All-state selection for Florida Class-6A…Claims greatest strengths are his speed and aggressiveness…Helped lead Palm Beach Central to the eighth-best defense in Palm Beach County.

 

BOSTIC’S CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 13 (LSU, 2011)

QB Sacks: 1 (7x, last Vandy, 2012)

Forced Fumbles: 1 (2x, last Vandy, 2012)

Interceptions: 1 (5x, last Jacksonville St., 2012)

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year

UT-AT

TT

TBL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

2009

14-4

18

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

36-21

57

2.5

1.5

0

0

3

3

2011

60-34

94

10.0

3.0

1

0

2

0

2012

45-23

68

6.5

3.0

1

1

2

2

Totals:

155-82

237

19.0

7.5

2

1

7

5

 

What they’re saying…

 “Jon is a leader. He’s grown up so much since he first got here, and we follow his lead.” (11/18/12)
Omar Hunter, UF defensive tackle

 

“I’m going to miss him, because that’s a great linebacker.” (11/18/12)
Loucheiz Purifoy, UF cornerback

 

“I don’t know if there’s a guy playing better inside linebacker in the country than Jon, instinctive, tough. Everything we’ve asked him to do as a football player, he’s answered that.” (11/18/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“I think Jon Bostic is playing as well as any linebacker in the country. He's playing really well and he disengages on blocks. All the things we presented to him last season of getting stronger, getting firmer with his hands and short-area contact where he's got to get off blocks and sheds. He's always been a really good player in space. He can play every down. He can cover, and there's not a lot of guys that can play inside and can cover and play on third down. He can. He's very intelligent. The other thing about Jon, and I try to get our players to understand, it's a 53-man roster in the NFL. You better play special teams. Jon is on our punt team, he's helped us on kickoff. He does a lot of other things that bring value to him in the organization.” (10/23/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“He's always had very good football smarts and real command of the defense. I think his leadership skills are improving as he's moving forward and that's just a natural progression as a senior and you have been playing and have the experience.” (10/19/12)
Dan Quinn, UF defensive coordinator

 

“I feel like I have improved a lot in a lot of areas.Taking on blocks. Really just trying to get the defense lined up. Really just trying to bring everybody along. We got some young guys that have to step up each and every week in different positions. Just bringing them along and helping them.” (10/19/12)
Jon Bostic, UF linebacker

 

“He plays well in space. He covers well in space. I think back to A&M there making the play on Manziel on the third down on their sideline. A very athletic play in space for a 250-pounder. I'm very pleased with his play to this point.” (10/19/12)
Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“I feel like I’ve gotten a lot stronger. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot more explosive than I was in the past. I can’t really tell you why.” (8/20/12)

Jon Bostic, UF linebacker

 

“He’s a conscientious guy, Jon is. You see him in the meeting room taking notes. That’s one of the things on the first night I was pleased about.” (8/17/12)

Dan Quinn, UF defensive coordinator

 

"Jon had a solid junior season, but I'm looking for him to take the next step as far as leadership and those things are concerned. I thought he did a great job in the spring." (7/26/12)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

 “The steady senior is the unquestioned quarterback of Florida's defense. He has a real nose for the football, leading the Gators with 94 tackles last year. His coverage skills and field awareness have really improved and he's coming off a good spring in Gainesville.” (7/17/12)

Edward Aschoff and Chris Low, ESPN.com

 

“I’ve been very impressed with Jon Bostic, I really have been. He’s a really good football player. His arrow is continuing to go up. He’s got football intelligence. He can run. He’s got size. I think he’s a good blitzer. I’m encouraged about where he’s heading as a player.” (11/16/11)

Dan Quinn, UF defensive coordinator

“He’s a guy that has had a winning performance for the season as far as a production per play ratio. He’s a guy that’s been productive, gets in and out of the right fronts, gets us lined up, does a great job communicating the calls. He’s played extremely well. He’s played very consistent week in and week out with his performance. There has not been a lot of up-and-down with him. He’s a guy that’s played a lot before so he’s had a lot of snaps, he’s got experience. He’s really blossomed in his role in what we’re trying to do defensively.” (11/14/11)

Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

 

“He plays well in space, he plays with good toughness, he’s done a nice job disengaging on blocks. I’ve been very pleased with his consistent performance, and that’s been something we’ve struggled with as an entire football team. Consistency in our performance is week-in and week-out, and he has been a guy that has shown the consistent performance we got to have to be successful in this league.” (11/14/11)

 Will Muschamp, UF Head Coach

“They’ve (Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins) grown up so much. They’re able to call out the huddle and lead guys, where it used to be a defensive lineman like me, or Jaye Howard, or William Green. Now they can call us up now and say what they feel is right. They’re two great athletes. They work hard every day in practice at their craft and it’s really paying off for them right now.” (9/27/11)

Omar Hunter, UF defensive tackle

 

“He’s a great player, real athletic, real confident. We play off each other. I can feel where he is on the field. We have great chemistry.” (8/11/11)

Jelani Jenkins, UF linebacker

 

 “He does everything well. He’s a leader and he plays fast. He hits and he’s very talented. I think we have a lot of chemistry on the field together. When he makes a mistake, I have his back and when I make a mistake he has my back. I think that chemistry is probably the best thing and our experience together. I’m looking forward to playing with him too.” (8/5/11)

Jelani Jenkins, UF linebacker

 

“Bostic is a great athlete who brings a lot of speed to the position.” (4/1/10)

Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

 

"Jon is on campus already and doing the things we want him to do. He is already up to about 230 pounds and should be a force for us when he puts everything together. He is relentless to the ball and has all the physical tools we are looking for in our big linebackers."

Charlie Strong, Louisville Head Coach, former UF Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach

 

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