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Gators linebackers Bostic and Jenkins possess different skill sets but both are good enough to start, says UF defensive coordinator

GAINESVILLE -- Everyone wants to know who the starting middle linebacker is going to be for the Gators in 2010. Who is going to replace former All-American Brandon Spikes? Well, the Gators' defensive coordinator doesn't even know at this point. Either that, or Teryl Austin didn't want to give anything away on Saturday.

Jelani Jenkins and Jon Bostic are locked in a dead heat for the starting middle linebacker position, according to Austin. Jenkins is the speed option and Bostic is the power option. Austin says both players can get the job done.

"Right now I don't think anyone is leading," Austin said. "Jelani and Jon are both doing well in there and they're both going to play for us. Who starts? That's still to be determined but both of those guys are going to be very good players.

"Jelani is speed. I mean just absolutely flat-out speed. He sees the ball. He goes and gets it. Jon has speed but he's also a thumper. He can get that big body and sit down on some guards and the fullbacks and get that stuff. So, they're different types of players but each type can get the job done the way we want it. It's just a matter of how it shakes out in the end."

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