Countdown to Kickoff: #90 Jonathan Bullard

Continuing our countdown to the season with the player jersey numbers and Saturday marks the 90th day before the Gators kickoff the season. Number 90 is none other than junior defensive end/tackle Jonathan Bullard. Bullard (6-3, 277) spent the spring back at defensive end and his ability to move around makes him one of the top 3-4 most valuable Gators this fall.

A starter in 22 of 38 games in his career, like a few of the more successful players in the trenches at Florida in the last few years, Jonathan Bullard has played both inside and outside. We should see him play both this year as well with the likelihood of him sliding outside as an end more this year as opposed to playing defensive tackle a year ago.

Bullard’s versatility is very important to the projected success of the Gators this year and he has played very well at times in his career so far, but he himself is looking to be more consistent in 2015.

Playing almost exclusively inside last season, he had a high tackle (52) count and tackles for loss count (8.5 with 2.5 sacks).

Dominique Easley was the guy that transitioned very successfully from the inside to outside a couple of years ago, at least before getting hurt. The Gators could really use that kind of play from Bullard who came in as one of the most heralded recruits in the entire Will Muschamp era.

With strong side end Bryan Cox returning from injury after missing most all of spring, Bullard will likely get some time inside as well to get Cox on the field. WE have seen what he is capable of doing at both positions and in his last season he appears to be really focused on making himself the best he can be. Expect a big year.

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