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#18 Jon Bostick
Position: Split End
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
City/State: Bellevue, Wash.
High School: Interlake
  • 2004 Inductee, Nebraska Football Hall of Fame
  • 7th Round Draft Pick, 1992 NFL Draft (Denver)
  • 1991 All-Big Eight

1991 (Senior)
Bostick was the Huskers' second-leading receiver in 1991 with a career-high 24 catches for 419 yards and five touchdowns.  He was seventh in the Big Eight in receiving yards per game (38.09) and tied for 12th in receptions per game (2.18).  He was voted first-team All-Big Eight by league coaches and was a second-team pick by the Associated Press.  With Bostick and tight end Johnny Mitchell (31 for 534 yards, five TDs), Nebraska had two 20-plus receivers for the first-time since 1982.  Bostick's five TD catches this year gave him 15 in his career, at the time second in Husker annals behind Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Rodgers' 26 from 1970-72, and the most ever at the time for a Nebraska split end.  He finished his career with 55 receptions for 1,083 yards and had a 17-game pass-catching string (ended vs. Oklahoma, Nov. 29), the third-longest in school history.  He twice had four-catch days in 1991, against Colorado State and eventual national champion Washington.

1990 (Junior)
Bostick started every game at split end and led Nebraska in both receptions (19) and receiving yards (375), while catching four touchdown passes and averaging 19.7 yards per catch.  Four times during the season, he caught three passes (the single-game season high for NU)---69 yards vs. Baylor, 75 yards and two touchdowns vs. Kansas State, for 27 yards vs. Kansas, and for 56 yards in an offensive player-of-the-week performance vs. Oklahoma.  He caught at least one pass in all but one regular-season game (Oregon State) as a junior, and in 13 of the Huskers' last 15 games (he did not have a reception vs. Georgia Tech in the Citrus Bowl).  The sure-handed Bostick also saw action on return teams, averaging 14.3 yards on seven punt returns and returning one kickoff 30 yards. 

1989 (Sophomore)
Pulled out of a planned redshirt year four games into the season, Bostick made Coach Tom Osborne's difficult decision pay off as he proved himself to be one of the most-promising young receivers in the Husker program in years.  On his first career catch in his first career varsity game, vs. Oregon State, Bostick beat the OSU defense deep in the fourth quarter for a 60-yard TD from Gerry Gdowski, giving Nebraska a 28-7 lead which finally put the game out of reach of the pesky Beavers.  The following week, he caught three passes for 77 yards and two TDs vs. Kansas State, then caught five passes for 99 yards and two TDs (all career highs) at Oklahoma State, Oct. 21.  Despite playing in just eight games, Bostick led the Huskers and was second in the Big Eight in TD catches with six.  He was second on the team in receiving yards with 289 and third at NU in receptions with 12 for a 24.08 per-catch average, a fraction of a yard short of the then-school record of 24.15 set by Frosty Anderson in 1972. 

1988 (Freshman)
The starting split end for Coach Shane Thorell's 5-0 Nebraska junior varsity team, Bostick led the junior Huskers in receiving with 10 catches for 298 yards and six TDs.

At Bellevue Interlake HS
An all-state selection for Coach Rollie Robbins, Bostick was named Washington player-of-the-year by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  He caught 39 passes for 814 yards (a 20.9 average) and 16 TDs, and scored four TDs on kick returns for a school-record 20 TDs in 1987.  Bostick had punt-return TDs of 51 and 34 yards and a school-record 99 yards.  He three times caught a school-record four TD passes in a game.  He also lettered in basketball and track, setting a school record in the 300-meter hurdles.

Personal
The son of Jan and Celia Bostick, Jon was born Oct. 4, 1969 in El Dorado, Kan., and has two younger brothers.

Bostick's Career Statistics

Year

No.

Yds.

Y/R

Long

TDs

1989

12

289

24.1

60

6

1990

19

375

19.7

45

4

1991

24

419

17.5

55

5

Totals

55

1083

19.7

60

15