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Florida Gators freshman impressing Meyer

Linebacker Jon Bostic isn't wasting any time this spring. UF coach Urban Meyer says the freshman will contribute.

GAINESVILLE -- One or two freshmen emerge from the rest every offseason. The first freshman to make a name for himself this spring is linebacker Jon Bostic of Wellington.

Bostic received praise after Wednesday's practice from Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer. Meyer said that defensive coordinator Charlie Strong and linebacker Brandon Spikes mentioned Bostic's effort to Meyer. In addition to defense, Bostic has been lining up with the kickoff team. Wednesday was Florida's fifth spring practice.

"Jon Bostic had a heck of a day," Meyer said. "I think there's a chance -- it's so early -- but there's a chance he'll be involved next year. He's a good guy. Coach Strong, even [Brandon] Spikes said something to me about him."

Bostic's family was at practice on Wednesday, which was another wet day in Gainesville. I spoke with Mr. Bostic for about 10 minutes before practice. He told me that his son was enjoying school and committed to Florida in the hopes of one day attending UF's physical therapy school. When I told him that Jon had probably already earned a spot on the Gators' special teams for next season he laughed and said, "Jon hasn't earned anything yet."

Florida defensive tackle Omar Hunter is healthy for the first time in his young collegiate career and he's ready to make an impact. A redshirt freshman next season, Hunter is currently battling several other players this spring for time along the defensive line. 

After injuring his back, ankle and elbow in 2008, Hunter has dropped 20 pounds over the offseason and is down to a svelte 305 pounds. Hunter's back was the main problem and he received two epidurals over the offseason to help relieve the pain of a slipped disc in his back.



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