Bostic's score seals win for UF

Florida's Jon Bostic scores a touchdown on a interception against Jacksonville State during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, November 17, 2012. (Doug Finger/Staff Photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.

Florida senior linebacker Jon Bostic had a hard time remembering the last time he scored a touchdown.

“Senior (year) of high school, I think,” Bostic said.

Bostic had a memorable final game at The Swamp on Senior Day in UF’s 23-0 win over Jacksonville State. He scored his first career TD on a 7-yard interception return, putting the Gators ahead 17-0 early in the third quarter.

On the play, Bostic read a play-action pass from Jacksonville State quarterback Marques Ivory for his fifth career interception.

“It’s all kinds of route recognition,” Bostic said. “We saw how they tried to flood the zone over there, once they try to flood that side, we’ve got to keep pushing them out of their routes. He pretty much threw it right to me.”

On the day, Bostic finished with three tackles, including half a tackle for loss. His most impressive tackle came when he raced down Jacksonville State receiver Kevyn Cooper on a 76-yard catch and run. The tackle prevented a potential Jacksonville State touchdown and a quick lead.

“That’s the one thing that we’ve said all year, you can’t give up on plays,” Bostic said. “We thought he was down, but you have to keep running to the ball.”

Bostic has been steady throughout his senior year, providing leadership for a Florida defense that posted its second shutout of the season.

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

In the process, the 6-foot-1, 243-pound Bostic is raising his potential NFL draft stock. But Bostic said at this point he’s more concerned about finishing off UF’s season on a strong note.

“I’ll probably worry about most of that stuff after the season,” Bostic said. “Really, (I’m) just trying to keep on winning games here, play as many games as I can and let everything else take care of itself.”

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