Over the past two seasons, you always knew where to find Jabari Zuniga.
Defensive end, where he was a fixture.
This season, in a new, aggressive defense, there will be times when you really have to look around to find him. He might be at end. Might be at tackle. Might be at nose tackle. Might even be roaming around with the linebackers.
Zuniga is going to have multiple roles in a multiple defense.
“We’re running multiple, we’re running 3-4, 4-3. So they’ve got me running nose, three (technique), end, I’m everywhere,” he said. “So, it fits me well.”
Zuniga had a lot to learn in the spring. There will be more to learn this summer as he prepares for preseason camp.
“It’s kind of been difficult,” he said. “I’ve had a lot, but you’ve just got to study your stuff and know your stuff.”
Zuniga said UF defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s more aggressive scheme is fun to play in and there will be plenty of negative plays inflicted on opposing offenses this season.
“Coach has a lot of blitzes in here, so we’re going to get a lot of sacks this year,” he said. “A lot of sacks. It’s just real diverse. We’re going to be doing a lot of stuff.”
Zuniga said the defense has a lot to prove coming off a less than stellar 2017 season.
“We’re very motivated, because we feel like we left a lot of stuff on the table,” he said. “Blown out by Missouri and Georgia, that didn’t really sit well with us, so we’ve got that chip on our shoulder.”