DALLAS – Three years ago, Bozidar Antunovic was just a shot putter from Serbia. Now? He’s an offensive lineman at SMU.
Bozidar, also known as Bo, left Serbia in 2011 to pursue his track career at the University of Arizona, where he was a parade All-American and placed fourth at the NCAA Championship.
But Bo wanted to get even more serious about his track career, so after just one year at Arizona, the Injida, Serbia native decided to transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington.
“They (my friends) had really good coaching back in Serbia and I wanted to practice with them and pursue my Olympic dreams to go to the Olympics,” Antunovic said.
At UTA, Bo placed fifth in the shot put at the NCAA indoor Championship and earned all-American honors yet again in 2012-2013.
Despite Bo’s success as a track athlete, he still has always had that desire to play football. And when former SMU head coach June Jones gave him that opportunity, it was hard to pass up.
“I’ve worked on my athletic abilities a lot, like strength, speed, jumping, explosive, and I find of brought that to the highest level,” Antunovic said. “People liked it. They suggested I play football and I like the sport.”
The transition for the junior has been difficult at times, but Bo is slowly but surely catching on as to what it takes to play college football.
He has definitely grown because there was a language barrier, and after we got the language barrier there was a position barrier and there were just multiple barriers we had to overcome,” Bo’s teammate Chauncey Briggs said. “And Honestly he has become a better football player.”
There’s no question that being a college football player has its difficulties, but Bo has no regrets with his decision.
“I’m getting a lot of experience and good reps,” Antunovic said.