Florida DL Jonathan Bullard will return for senior season

Jonathan Bullard had 2 1/5 sacks for Florida this season.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gators junior defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard made a decision on his future Monday.

Bullard is returning to school for his senior season.

"I wasn’t projected to go where I want to go," Bullard said. "I want to leave a bigger mark on the Florida program than what I have."

After in-depth discussions with his family, former Gators head coach Will Muschamp, and others, Bullard considered it in his best interests to return to UF next season and futher develop as a player.

Bullard capped his junior season Saturday with six tackles and a sack in Florida’s 28-20 victory over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl. He finished the season with a career-high 52 tackles and 8 1/2 tackles for loss.

A full-time starter the past two seasons, Bullard is looking foward to finishing his career before entering the NFL Draft in 2016.

"As a veteran player coming back, I want be a leader on this team as the program enters a new era with a new coaching staff," Bullard said. "I want to be a role model for the younger players and help them to buy into the future of the program."