It was easy to sense Jonathan Bullard’s frustration last season. After Dominique Easley was lost for the year to an ACL injury, the Florida coaches told Bullard they wanted him to move inside to defensive tackle. Their request was met with hesitation. Bullard had never played defensive tackle before and the challenges of the position made him want to avoid it if possible.
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy, defensive end Jonathan Bullard and receiver Demarcus Robinson won't play Saturday against Georgia Southern.
Murphy has a sprained throwing shoulder. The injury also sidelined him last week at South Carolina. Skyler Mornhinweg will make his second consecutive start.
Bullard, who has 28 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks this season, aggravated an unspecified...
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November 23, 2013
One player in the middle of the Florida defensive line can’t fill the loss of Dominique Easley. The versatility of Jonathan Bullard could fill some of the role. The Florida staff used him some at defensive tackle during the first three games with Easley on the field, but after Easley's season-ending ACL tear last week, Bullard played more reps than before at defensive tackle...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- This was their plan all along. They talked about it before they ever signed on as teammates with the Gators. They remained steadfast when others tried to persuade them to change direction.
Back on the recruiting trail, when others told them they would be better off going somewhere the other wasn't, sophomore defensive linemen Dante Fowler Jr. and Jonathan...
When Jonathan Bullard was a senior in high school, Brad Lawing made him a promise. Then the defensive line coach at South Carolina, Lawing told the five-star defensive end that he would play for him in college. Bullard laughed it off, thought it was a typical recruiting tactic and didn’t think about it until January 2013. That’s when Lawing joined the Florida staff as the defensive line coach.
When Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler were being recruited, opposing teams used them against each other. Other schools recruited against Florida, pointing out to one player that the other would likely end up in Gainesville and steal his snaps. But playing together was exactly what they wanted, and the self proclaimed Bash Brothers head into 2013 with high expectations for their sophomore years.
Each of us has a different motivation for things, for some it is the desire to win. For others the motivation may be their kids or spouse. For Florida defensive end Jonathan Bullard, his motivation is his grandmother. The fact that his grandmother is no longer with us on this earth is of no consequence for Bullard. He knows she is looking down and him and is proud.
The Florida Gators will have a lot of new faces in the starting lineup in 2013, but most of those you already know pretty well. Dante Fowler, Jonathan Bullard, Antonio Morrison and a few others played very well a year ago when for most it was their first season. But, as with any year, the Gators will be looking for a handful of freshmen to step up and make a difference. It all starts up front.
The Gators took a leap to their 11-1 record this season because of experienced players, but there were still multiple freshmen that got on the field. They were rewarded on Thursday when the SEC announced the All-Freshman team and Florida placed Jonathan Bullard, Dante Fowler, D.J. Humphries and Antonio Morrison on the list.
Jonathan Bullard and Dante Fowler have made an impact off the edge of the Florida defensive line this season. Linebacker Antonio Morrison has filled in when Jelani Jenkins has dealt with injuries. Those are the freshmen most Florida fans know about, but they aren’t the only ones catching the eye of the Florida coaching staff. Plenty of others are impressing with their play in practice.
The Florida Gators will play a number of true freshmen during the 2012 football season and that trend will start during Saturday’s opener against Bowling Green. It’s not surprising* as it’s become quite the frequent occurrence not only at Florida, but around the nation.
Among those expected to contribute and even see time in the first game are running back Matt Jones, wide...