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DE Jonathan Bullard

Written by Nick de la Torre, June 2, 2013, 0 Comments,
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Over the next 90 days, GatorCountry will preview the players that make up the 2013 Florida Gators football team as we inch closer and closer to the season.

Each day we will count down using the player whose jersey number corresponds with how many days there are left until Florida kicks off against Toledo in the Swamp on August 31.

Today we take a look at sophomore defensive end Jonathan Bullard.

History

Bullard was ranked by most recruiting sites as the No. 1 defensive end prospect in the 2012 recruiting class and the No.2 overall player in the state of North Carolina (behind fellow Gator D.J. Humphries). Bullard chose to attend Florida over schools like Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and North Carolina.

Bullard ran into some trouble last summer when it was unclear if he was going to be cleared academically and allowed to enroll at Florida. Bullard was not cleared in time to enroll with the rest of the recruiting class during the Summer B session but made it to campus for the fall semester.

Despite not making it to campus with the rest of his signing class, Bullard made his presence felt in a big way as a freshman.

Bullard finished his freshman campaign with 27 tackles (including a season high seven against Vanderbilt), 5.0 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 1.0-pass breakups and 7.0 quarterback hurries. He played in all 13 games as a freshman and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

Stats

Year

UT-AT

TT

TBL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

BLK

2012

14-13

27

5.0

1.5

0

0

0

0

0

Totals:

14-13

27

5.0

1.5

0

0

0

0

0

Player Evaluation

Strengths

Bullard is a strong player who has great speed for his massive size. Bullard has a good motor and is a solid tackler. He plays equally as well against the run as he does against the pass. He has a good first move off of the line of scrimmage and is a player who uses his hands well to keep offensive linemen from getting a hold on him.

Weaknesses

Bullard’s only weakness is that he can get sloppy with his technique at times. It’s not often but, hey, we needed to find something to put here.

What to Expect

Bullard added size to his already massive frame this offseason and he now is listed at 6’3”, 271-pounds. He has the size to eventually move inside but will predominately play defensive end for the Gators this season. Bullard can also play the 5-technique (the position Sharrif Floyd played in Florida’s 3-4 schemes) which will allow the Gators to have Bullard, Dominique Easley, Dante Fowler and Ronald Powell all line up on the defensive front.

Bullard is going to start at defensive end and will have a very productive season for the Gators.

When it is all said and done, I fully expect Bullard to be named to an All-SEC team and he has the potential to be a very special player at the University of Florida.

 

 

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About Nick de la Torre

A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC

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Over the next 90 days, GatorCountry will preview the players that make up the 2013 Florida Gators football team as we inch closer and closer to the season.

Each day we will count down using the player whose jersey number corresponds with how many days there are left until Florida kicks off against Toledo in the Swamp on August 31.

Today we take a look at sophomore defensive end Jonathan Bullard.

History

Bullard was ranked by most recruiting sites as the No. 1 defensive end prospect in the 2012 recruiting class and the No.2 overall player in the state of North Carolina (behind fellow Gator D.J. Humphries). Bullard chose to attend Florida over schools like Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and North Carolina.

Bullard ran into some trouble last summer when it was unclear if he was going to be cleared academically and allowed to enroll at Florida. Bullard was not cleared in time to enroll with the rest of the recruiting class during the Summer B session but made it to campus for the fall semester.

Despite not making it to campus with the rest of his signing class, Bullard made his presence felt in a big way as a freshman.

Bullard finished his freshman campaign with 27 tackles (including a season high seven against Vanderbilt), 5.0 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 1.0-pass breakups and 7.0 quarterback hurries. He played in all 13 games as a freshman and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

Stats

Year

UT-AT

TT

TBL

QBS

FF

FR

PD

INT

BLK

2012

14-13

27

5.0

1.5

0

0

0

0

0

Totals:

14-13

27

5.0

1.5

0

0

0

0

0

Player Evaluation

Strengths

Bullard is a strong player who has great speed for his massive size. Bullard has a good motor and is a solid tackler. He plays equally as well against the run as he does against the pass. He has a good first move off of the line of scrimmage and is a player who uses his hands well to keep offensive linemen from getting a hold on him.

Weaknesses

Bullard’s only weakness is that he can get sloppy with his technique at times. It’s not often but, hey, we needed to find something to put here.

What to Expect

Bullard added size to his already massive frame this offseason and he now is listed at 6’3”, 271-pounds. He has the size to eventually move inside but will predominately play defensive end for the Gators this season. Bullard can also play the 5-technique (the position Sharrif Floyd played in Florida’s 3-4 schemes) which will allow the Gators to have Bullard, Dominique Easley, Dante Fowler and Ronald Powell all line up on the defensive front.

Bullard is going to start at defensive end and will have a very productive season for the Gators.

When it is all said and done, I fully expect Bullard to be named to an All-SEC team and he has the potential to be a very special player at the University of Florida.

 

 

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