Bostic Enjoying “Special” Season
Jon Bostic
Jon Bostic
Senior Writer
Posted Nov 14, 2009

Watching spring practice several months back it was clear that freshman linebacker Jon Bostic was a special talent. Bostic has not earned the kind of playing time on the Gator defense that many, me included predicted for him but that hasn’t kept his first season in Orange and Blue from being a special one.

Jon Bostic has been a major force on Gator special teams this fall, which has proven to be the fastest way to Urban Meyer’s heart. As for playing time on the defense, that’ll come in 2010 after the Gators say goodbye to Brandon Spikes, Dustin Doe and Ryan Stamper.

Bostic recently discussed his “special” role on this Florida team and his opportunity for learn from seniors Brandon Spikes and Ryan Stamper.


On importance of special teams at Florida...

“Basically I knew that was the first way to get on the field. You got to make a name for yourself on special teams so I tried to learn everything I could about special teams so I could get on the field.”

Is the emphasis on special teams surprising?

“In high school were really didn’t focus on special teams all that much. We had a really good kicker who kicked the ball out of the end zone about every time and that was about it. So I was surprised how much they focus on special teams, you know.”

On veterans helping him learn the defense...

“Spikes is always mentoring me when I’m on the field (telling me) do this or do this. He’s always helping me with my reads, and Stamper is the same way. In high school I could just go with the flow but up here I noticed I had to make more reads.”

On how much more the mental part of the game matters at this level...

“Some people it really hits them when they get here and it me a little bit. When I first got here I was just running around on the field but then you got to start reading the guards and tackles and seeing if they’re sitting back on their heels. Spikes really helps me with that stuff.”


Jon Bostic doesn’t seem at all frustrated with his limited role for the Gators this year. He has been credited with 17 tackles, but most of those have been on kick and punt coverage. Still the 6-1, 235-pounder from Wellington, Florida has the look of a guy who’s capable of being the latest in a long line of superb linebackers at Florida. If that happens, he can give at least partial credit for his development to his “special” rookie year.

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