Gators DT Jay-nard Bostwick to transfer

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In a less than surprising move, Florida defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick has decided to transfer out of the program. The University of Florida has granted him a full release from his scholarship.

Losing Bostwick isn’t exactly devastating. He redshirted in 2013 before stepping into a limited role in 2014, where he recorded three tackles. Then he missed all of spring ball due to what Jim McElwain said were “personal issues.” In fact, he hadn’t been with the team since the Gators’ Birmingham Bowl win over East Carolina.

Bostwick also has a somewhat colorful off the field history. He was suspended for the 2014 season opener against Idaho for an undisclosed violation of team rules; that suspension was later nullified because the game was rained out. He was also allegedly suspended for the 2013 season opener against Toledo, although then-coach Will Muschamp refuted that in what has since become a famous explosion against the Gator media.

In any case, I wish Bostwick the best moving forward. But it looks like the transformation from a Will Muschamp team to a Jim McElwain team is underway.

2 thoughts on “Gators DT Jay-nard Bostwick to transfer

  1. It’s not a big deal right now, seemingly, because UF has plenty of defensive tackles. But I think his story is a cautionary one when it comes to expectations. I remember that Bostwick was raved about during his redshirt year, to the point that folks were questioning why the coaches didn’t play him, instead of redshirting him. It turns out that he didn’t do anything when he got on the field. Now we’re hearing the same type of thing about Bryan, how great he was during his redshirt year, etc. It’s one thing to look good in practice, especially against UF’s offensive line, quite another against someone with a different jersey on. This may seem insignificant now, but it’s rare for defensive linemen, even more so than offensive linemen, to be ready to play early. It’s normal to not see them blossom until their third year in a program, or later. UF has lost three projected starters now. Morrison may not play at all this season. Johnson’s career is over. Jackson’s career is over, at least at UF. Now UF loses depth on the defensive line. For a team with as small a margin for error as UF, it’s imperative that no one else is lost.

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