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Jon Bostic hopes experience making calls in college translates to Bears

Jonathan Bostic during Bears Rookie mini-camp Halas Hall Lake Forest Ill. Friday May 10 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

Jonathan Bostic during the Bears Rookie mini-camp at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill., on Friday, May 10, 2013. | Andrew A. Nelles~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 13, 2013 7:14PM

Jon Bostic pointed at offensive linemen, got his teammates in position and broke huddles.

It was just like old times Friday during the Bears’ rookie minicamp.

Being in charge of a defense is a responsibility Bostic had at Florida, and it’s a big reason why the Bears chose him over other linebackers in the second round.

‘‘We weren’t just a 4-3 team or a 3-4 team [at Florida],’’ Bostic said. ‘‘We ran under-over, cover-3, cover-1, cover-2 — we ran pretty much everything you can run. And for us to have been able to do that, we had to make sure our front was lined up, everybody had their gaps or was playing their gaps, because one wrong gap could pretty much lose the ballgame for you.

‘‘So for them to have the trust in me to make sure everybody is lined up in the right place and checking in and out of calls with different sets we may like or different sets we may not against certain calls, it’s something that really kind of came natural to me.’’

Bostic, who ran the fastest 40-yard-dash time among inside linebackers, wants to handle calls for the Bears. Lance Briggs will do it this season with Brian Urlacher gone. But Bostic plans on watching plenty of film of Urlacher.

‘‘The defense is going to be pretty similar to last year and [what it] has been in the past, maybe a couple of different things,’’ Bostic said. ‘‘To watch him and how he plays the game, how he handles himself in certain situations, those are things that I’ll be looking for.’’

NOTES: Third-string quarterback Matt Blanchard is one of several second-year players participating in rookie camp.

◆ Rookie free-agent receiver Mark Harrison, who had agreed to terms on a deal after the draft, didn’t pass his physical and wasn’t signed.

◆ Thirty-three players have been invited to rookie camp on a tryout basis.

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