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ICYMI: Bullard's move inside, Collins impressing Muschamp

A teaser to a feature on Gators sophomore Jon Bullard and his transition to defensive tackle in place of the injuried Dominique Easley

GAINESVILLE -- In 2012, Jon Bullard came to UF as the nation’s top defensive end prospect and the sixth-ranked player in the country.

In Saturday’s 24-7 win over Kentucky, the sophomore recorded his first sacks of the season, and coach Will Muschamp called it “the best game Bullard has played at Florida.”

It happened to be Bullard’s most challenging game, too.

After star defensive tackle Dominique Ealsey was lost for the season with a torn ACL last Tuesday, the coaching staff moved Bullard -- a 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman -- inside.

It’s not a permanent move but one that suits Florida’s impenetrable defense best for now.

“I'm not going to say I enjoy it, but it's what I've gotta do,” Bullard said who had 1 ½ sacks against Kentucky. “At the time being, it's what we need, so I've got to step in and do it the best I can.”

Also: a notebook on Arkansas freshman running back Alex Collins -- a South Plantation High star -- and Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease calling UF's nation-leading average time of possession "an overrated statistic."

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