JONATHAN “Jon” BOSTIC

Inside Linebacker

University of Florida Gators

#1

6:00.7-245

Wellington, Florida

Palm Beach Central High School

 

OVERVIEW

One of the trademarks of the Gators defense over the years have been to incorporate hard-hitting, aggressive and quick linebackers and this year, Florida boats three certain draft prospects who should be terrorizing NFL quarterbacks for years to come. One of the least recognized is their quiet leader in the middle of the field – Jon Bostic.

 

The senior has been compared to the New York Jets’ David Harris for his hard-hitting style of play and cat-like moves, as he easily flows from sideline-to-sideline to initiate contact. While most middle linebackers will “pad” their statistics by jumping on the pile after a teammate makes the first hit, but Bostic is the one leading the charge to the ball carrier.

 

In 51 games at Florida, he has recorded 237 tackles, with 155 of those hits solo efforts. Equally effective in plugging the rush lanes or dropping back to handle switch-offs in zone coverage, the Gators defensive leader has accounted for taking down 21 ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage and “tagging” quarterbacks for sacks on eight other occasions since stepping into the starting lineup midway through his sophomore season.

 

The coaches and teammates are thankful that Bostic played for them during an 11-2 march in 2012. After his junior season, he strongly considered leaving school to enter the NFL Draft, but it appears that by returning to Florida, he thrust his draft stock into the top of the class at the middle linebacker position.

 

Playing with an extremely young defensive squad that featured just one senior among the starters in 2011, Bostic had to play team captain/father counselor, constantly having to line up his teammates, who were often caught out of position. The Gators struggled to a

7-6 campaign, ranking 40th in the nation vs. the run (132.69 ypg). Bostic had impressive statistics, recording a career-best 94 tackles, but most of them came after other Gators had failed to cover their assignments.

 

Bostic took on more of a leadership role in 2012, holding “skull sessions” with the younger players to get everyone “on the same page,” as he called it before his final campaign began. Even when the team lost star linebacker Jelani Jenkins early in the schedule, the other starters played with better field awareness.

 

Even though his statistics were not as impressive as those from 2011 (made 68 tackles), it was Bostic’s best year at Gainesville. The team rallied around their middle linebacker, improving their run defense to fourth in the nation (94.92 ypg). They ranked fifth nationally in total defense (287.46 ypg) and scoring defense (14.46 ppg) and the secondary placed 17th in the FBS, allowing just 192.54 aerial yards per game.

 

Even during his days at Palm Beach Central High School, Bostic’s greatest strengths were his speed and aggressiveness. Much like when he got to Florida, the team fed off the success of its defense. He recorded over 100 tackles as a middle linebacker and as a full-back, he gained 235 yards with three touchdowns, also catching a pair of passes for scores as a junior.

 

 

 

During his senior season, Bostic registered 55 tackles with four forced fumbles. He rushed for 468 yards and six touchdowns and completed all four of his passing attempts for 130 yards and three touchdowns. He was named Class All-State first-team by the Florida Sports Writers Association and All-Palm Beach County.

 

Bostic ranked 27th on the Press Register’s Super Southeast 120 squad and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He received a four-star prospect grade from Rivals.com, as that recruiting service rated him the fourth-best middle linebacker and 64th-best overall player in the country, also placing him 12th on their Florida Top 100 squad.

 

Bostic signed his national letter of intent to attend the University of Florida on January 3rd, 2009. He was a special teams standout as a freshman, as jersey #52 was often seen making the stop on returners, to the tune of eighteen tackles, the most of any freshman on the 2009 squad.

 

Bostic forced his way into the starting lineup for six games as a sophomore while appearing in all thirteen contests. He showed uncommon maturity calling plays for a unit that finished second in the Southeastern Conference and ninth nationally in total defense (306.54 ypg), as he finished third on the team with 57 tackles, adding two sacks while also intercepting three throws.

 

In 2011, Bostic received All-American honorable mention and All-SEC recognition, as he started all thirteen games in the middle of the field. He posted a career-high 94 tackles that included ten stops behind the line of scrimmage and three sacks. After deciding that he would return to school for his senior season, the linebacker made a slight adjustment in his photo that would appear in the 2012 media guide – changing from jersey #52 to #1.

 

Maybe that number was fitting for Bostic, for there was no better middle linebacker roaming the fields in the Southeastern Conference ranks, despite arguments from Georgia (Alec Ogletree) and Alabama (Nico Johnson) to that statement. While they might have had better statistics, no one had a bigger impact on their team’s success that the hard-hitting Gator, who made 68 hits, three sacks and two interceptions, scoring the first time during his career with a 7-yard pass theft he returned into the end zone vs. Jacksonville State.

 

Bostic shunned all-star invitations to prepare for the 2013 NFL Combine after playing vs. Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. His stellar performance in Indianapolis further enhanced his draft stock, as he was timed at 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash, ran 4.24 in the 20-yard shuttle, had a 9-10 broad jump, followed by a 32 ½-inch vertical jump before scorching the three-cone drill at 6.99 seconds.

 

Teams saw that Bostic possesses a thick upper body frame with good chest muscle definition, broad shoulders, developed arms, thick neck, along with good thickness in his thighs and calves. On film, it is obvious that he has become a tough and aggressive run defender who is at his best when playing at the line of scrimmage. He has fluid change of direction agility, thanks to loose hips and demonstrates ease of movement flowing to the ball and getting into position to make the play.

 

On the move, Bostic maintains balance accelerating to close and has a good feel for blocking schemes. He makes all the defensive calls and is good at anticipating the flow of the play. With more than 65% of his tackles solo hits, he has become a physical wrap-up tackler who hits with a thud to secure and take down the ball carrier. He can break down and face up when playing in space. He appears quick to read and react to inside plays, and once he sees blocking schemes, he moves with good urgency to counter.

 

 

 

CAREER NOTES

Bostic started 32-of-51 games at middle linebacker for Florida, boasting a string of 26 consecutive assignments with the first unit…Finished his career with 237 tackles that included 155 initial hits, eight sacks for minus 46 yards, 19.5 stops for losses totaling 89 yards and seven quarterback pressures…Recovered one fumble and caused two others, as he also deflected seven passes and recorded five interceptions for 40 yards in returns, including one touchdown.

 

2012 SEASON

Bostic received All-American third-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report and honor-able mention from Phil Steele, in addition to various news services placing him on their All-Southeastern Conference squads, while the league’s coaches honored him with a second-team selection…Started all thirteen games at middle linebacker, switching from jersey #52 to #1 prior to the start of the season…Finished third on the team with 68 tackles (45 solos), as he had three sacks for minus 17 yards, 6.5 stops for losses of 23 yards and four quarterback pressures…Deflected two passes and intercepted two others for 31 yards in returns, including a touchdown…Also caused and recovered a fumble…Led the team in tackles (8) vs. Bowling Green, five were unassisted and included a stop behind the line of scrimmage…Recorded at least three tackles in every game…Had a team-high two stops-for-loss vs. Texas A&M…Set a career-high for interceptions in a season after pulling in one pass vs. Missouri and then another vs. Jacksonville State for a 7-yard score…All five of his tackles vs. Texas A&M were unassisted…Totaled five unassisted tackles two other times during the season (Bowling Green, Georgia)…Also had one sack in each of the Texas A&M, Louisiana State and Vanderbilt contests…Closed out his career with six solo stops vs. Louisville in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.

 

2011 SEASON

Bostic started every game at middle linebacker, as the All-American honorable mention recorded a career-high 94 tackles (60 solos), which ranked tied for ninth in the SEC…Had three sacks for minus 22 yards, two pressures and a career-best ten stops for losses of 57 yards…Caused one fumble and deflected two passes…Led the team in tackles seven times (Tennessee, Kentucky, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, Ohio State), recording eight-or-more in each of them and double digits three times…Had a team-leading eight tackles, including 4.0 stops for minus 15 yards vs. Ohio State in the Gator Bowl…Added five tackles vs. Florida State…Notched four tackles and a pass breakup vs. Furman…Was one shy of his career best with 12 tackles at South Carolina…Had five tackles, four solo, vs. Vanderbilt…Registered a team-leading nine tackles vs. Auburn and Georgia, with one for a 3-yard loss vs. UGA…Recorded 13 tackles, including an 8-yard sack, and a pass break-up at Louisiana State…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, vs. Tennessee…Had five tackles with a 13-yard stop-for-loss vs. Alabama-Birmingham.

 

2010 SEASON

Bostic appeared in thirteen games, starting at middle linebacker vs. Miami University (Oh.) Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, South Florida and Florida State…Finished the season tied for third on the Gators with 57 tackles (36 solos), posting two sacks and three stops for losses of nine yards, as he also gained nine yards on three interceptions and batted down three other throws…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 with his three thefts…Had five tackles (four solos) and two pass break ups vs. Penn State in the 2011 Outback Bowl…Registered five tackles (two solos) 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 for a loss 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. Louisiana State, 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), as he made a crucial interception in the red zone to end a second-quarter Tennessee drive, preserving a 7-3 Florida lead. He also held the point of attack on Omarius Hines’ 36-yard fake punt run vs. Tennessee…Registered six tackles vs. South Florida and his pressure forced a third-quarter Justin Trattou interception from USF QB B.J. Daniels.

 

2009 SEASON

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

 

INJURY REPORT

No major injuries reported.

 

AGILITY TESTS

4.61 in the 40-yard dash…1.66 10-yard dash…2.71 20-yard dash…4.24 20-yard shuttle…

6.99 three-cone drill…32 ½-inch vertical jump…9’10” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times…33-inch arm length…9 5/8-inch hands…78-inch wingspan.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Bostic attended Palm Beach (Wellington, Fla.) Central High School, playing football as a middle linebacker and running back for head coach Rodney Harris…Recorded over 100 tackles as a middle linebacker and as a full-back, he gained 235 yards with three touch-downs, also catching a pair of passes for scores as a junior…During his senior season, Bostic registered 55 tackles with four forced fumbles…Also rushed for 468 yards and six touchdowns and completed all four of his passing attempts for 130 yards and three touch-downs…Was named Class All-State first-team by the Florida Sports Writers Association and All-Palm Beach County…Ranked 27th on the Press Register’s Super Southeast 120 squad and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…Received a four-star prospect grade from Rivals.com, as that recruiting service rated him the fourth-best middle linebacker and 64th-best overall player in the country, also placing him 12th on their Florida Top 100 squad.

 

PERSONAL

Business major…Father, Jon Bostic, was a defensive back for the Detroit Lions, playing in a total of 29 games from 1985-87…Born Jonathan Bostic on 5/05/91…Resides in Wellington, Florida.

 

 

PLAYER STATISTICS

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
STATS GP GS TK SO AS FR FC INT TFL PBU SACK PRES
2009 12 00 018 014 004  00  00  00  00.0-00   00  0.0-00    00
2010 13 06 057  036 021  00  00  03  03.0-09   03  2.0-07    01
2011 13 13 094 060 034  00  01  00  10.0-57   02  3.0-22    02
2012 13 13 068 045 023  01  01  02  06.5-23   02  3.0-17    04
TOTAL 51 32 237 155 082  01  02  05  19.5-89   07  8.0-46    07

 

INTERCEPTION RETURNS
STATS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG
2010  03        09 03.00  00    10
2012  02        31 15.5  01    24
TOTAL  05        40 08.00  01    24

 

BOSTIC GAME BY GAME LOG

2012 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Bowling Green 09/01/12 Bowling Green 27-14

Yes

0

0

0

3

5

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Texas A&M 09/08/12 at Texas A&M 20-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

5

0

2

5

0

1

3

1

0

0

Tennessee 09/15/12 at Tennessee 37-20

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Kentucky 09/22/12 Kentucky 38-0

Yes

0

0

0

2

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

LSU 10/06/12 LSU 14-6

Yes

0

0

0

2

4

0

1

5

0

1

5

1

0

0

Vanderbilt 10/13/12 at Vanderbilt 31-17

Yes

0

0

0

3

3

0

1

9

0

1

9

0

1

1

South Carolina 10/20/12 South Carolina 44-11

Yes

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 10/27/12 Georgia 9-17

Yes

0

0

0

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Missouri 11/03/12 Missouri 14-7

Yes

1

24

0

5

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

La.-Lafayette 11/10/12 La.-Lafayette 27-20

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jacksonville St. 11/17/12 Jacksonville St. 23-0

Yes

1

7

1

2

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

Florida St. 11/24/12 at Florida St. 37-26

Yes

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Louisville 01/02/13 Louisville 23-33

Yes

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

2

31

1

23

45

3

5

23

0

3

17

2

1

4

 

2011 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Fla. Atlantic 09/03/11 Fla. Atlantic 41-3

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

UAB 09/10/11 UAB 39-0

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

1

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/17/11 Tennessee 33-23

Yes

0

0

0

2

6

0

1

7

0

1

7

0

0

0

Kentucky 09/24/11 at Kentucky 48-10

Yes

0

0

0

2

8

0

1

7

0

1

7

0

1

0

Alabama 10/01/11 Alabama 10-38

Yes

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/08/11 at LSU 11-41

Yes

0

0

0

10

3

0

1

8

0

1

8

1

0

0

Auburn 10/15/11 at Auburn 6-17

Yes

0

0

0

7

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 10/29/11 Georgia 20-24

Yes

0

0

0

2

7

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 11/05/11 Vanderbilt 26-21

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/12/11 at South Carolina 12-17

Yes

0

0

0

1

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Furman 11/19/11 Furman 54-32

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

2

Florida St. 11/26/11 Florida St. 7-21

Yes

0

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ohio St. 01/02/12 Ohio St. 24-17

Yes

0

0

0

1

7

0

4

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

0

0

0

34

60

0

10

57

0

3

22

2

1

2

2010 Season

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Miami (OH) 09/04/10 Miami (OH) 34-12

Yes

1

-1

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Fla. 09/11/10 South Fla. 38-14

Yes

0

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/18/10 at Tennessee 31-17

Yes

1

0

0

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 09/25/10 Kentucky 48-14

Yes

1

10

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Alabama 10/02/10 at Alabama 6-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/09/10 LSU 29-33

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

1

0

4

1

0

4

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 10/16/10 Mississippi St. 7-10

Yes

0

0

0

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 10/30/10 Georgia 34-31

Yes

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

3

0

1

3

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 11/06/10 at Vanderbilt 55-14

Yes

0

0

0

1

3

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/13/10 South Carolina 14-36

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Appalachian St. 11/20/10 Appalachian St. 48-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Florida St. 11/27/10 at Florida St. 7-31

Yes

0

0

0

3

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Penn St. 01/01/11 Penn St. 37-24

Yes

0

0

0

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

Season Totals

3

9

0

21

36

1

2

9

1

1

7

3

0

1

 

2009 Season.

Date

Opponent

Score

Played

Int. Ret.

Tackles

Sacks

PBU

FC

Pres

No

Yds

TD

Ast

Solo

Asst
Loss

Solo
Loss

Loss
Yds

Ast

Solo

Yards

Charleston So. 09/05/09 Charleston So. 62-3

Yes

0

0

0

1

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Troy 09/12/09 Troy 56-6

Yes

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Tennessee 09/19/09 Tennessee 23-13

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kentucky 09/26/09 at Kentucky 41-7

Yes

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

LSU 10/10/09 at LSU 13-3

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Arkansas 10/17/09 Arkansas 23-20

No

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mississippi St. 10/24/09 at Mississippi St. 29-19

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Georgia 10/31/09 Georgia 41-17

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vanderbilt 11/07/09 Vanderbilt 27-3

Yes

0

0

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

South Carolina 11/14/09 at South Carolina 24-14

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

FIU 11/21/09 FIU 62-3

Yes

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Florida St. 11/28/09 Florida St. 37-10

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alabama 12/05/09 at Alabama 13-32

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cincinnati 01/01/10 Cincinnati 51-24

Yes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Season Totals

0

0

0

4

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

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