When Southern Utah plays its final football game of the season today at Portland State (2 p.m. MST, Portland Civic Center), the fine career of offensive guard Randy Bostic will come quietly to a close.
If there's one word to describe Bostic off the field, it's quiet. He isn't comfortable talking about himself and goes about his business in an unassuming manner.On the field, it's a different story. Bostic is a regular one-man wrecking crew.
For four years now, he has been opening holes on the offensive line for T-Bird backs. He has started ever since he was a freshman and last year he earned first-team all-America honors in Division II. He could very well repeat that honor this year.
"He could play for about any Division I team in the country," said Southern Utah Coach Jack Bishop. "He is an ideal player for our program. He has fun, he's never in trouble, he's a good student and he's a great role model for our other players."
When he came out of the Tennessee Military Institution, Division I football was on Bostic's mind. His dream was to go to the University of Tennessee, but Tennessee only wanted him as a walk-on.
"I always wanted to go out West," said Bostic. So when SU offered him a scholarship, he took the offer. And he has no regrets.
"I think I could have made it at Tennessee, but I'm glad I didn't try. I don't know if I would have stuck it out. Plus I'm not used to being in a big city, anyway. Cedar City is about the perfect place for me."
Bostic's quiet nature is best exemplified by an incident that happened late one night last spring.
Riding his motorcycle on the outskirts of Cedar City, Bostic lost control of his bike and skidded off the road. After laying there for a couple of hours, he slowly walked a couple of miles back to town and went to bed. A couple of his roommates heard a gurgling sound while he was asleep and saw that he was bleeding. They rushed him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with broken ribs and a punctured lung. He was also "scraped up from head to toe."
Later when Bishop asked him why he didn't tell someone about his accident and injuries, Bostic shrugged and said, "I didn't want to bother anybody."
The "minor" accident ended up sidelining Bostic for six weeks.
Although coaches notice offensive linemen, they usually get overlooked because there are definitive stats for O-linemen.
"About the only statistic an offensive lineman gets is a `de-cleater,' " said Bostic. "That's when you get your opponent off the ground."
Last year, Bostic had 90 "de-cleaters." But unfortunately for him, that statistic isn't being kept this year.
At 275 pounds, Bostic has the weight to play in the NFL, but his height, 6-foot-11/2, may be a major detriment. "I'd like to play in the NFL, but . . . " Bishop agrees that his lack of height is the only thing that will keep Bostic out of the NFL.
But don't be surprised if another Bostic ends up in the NFL. A couple of his "distant" cousins, Jeff Bostic and Joe Bostic spent a combined 25 years playing for the Washington Redskins and St. Louis Cardinals.