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It's officially official: Demps a Gator in 2011

Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:55 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It won't be a surprise to anyone who paid attention to Will Muschamp's SEC Media Days comments. Or to anyone who noticed the report two days later that said Jeff Demps was in Gainesville to tell Muschamp face-to-face he'd be playing for the Gators in 2011. Or to anyone who's noticed Demps has put his football ambitions ahead of those in track for his entire career in both.

But all the same, just to make it officially official: Demps will be playing football for Florida this fall. As he said in a statement:
“All of my coaches have been supportive and I’ve always been able to concentrate on whatever sport I’m competing in during that season. Now I'm ready to concentrate on football. I’m looking forward to getting back together with my football teammates.”

And Muschamp, for his part:

“I met with him Tuesday and Jeff is looking forward to focusing on football for his upcoming senior season."
We would say this is a huge boost for the Gators -- Demps was their leading rusher a year ago and easily their best home-run threat -- but since Demps never really left the team, it's more the absence of a negative than a positive. (If that makes sense.)

Now for the bigger issue confronting Demps's role with the Gators: can Charlie Weis figure out how to use him?

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Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:24 pm

It's officially official: Demps a Gator in 2011

Everyone calm down, I seem to remember someone named Warrick Dunn have himself a nice little college/pro career at 180 pounds

Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:32 pm

It's officially official: Demps a Gator in 2011

Speed freak...

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:47 am

It's officially official: Demps a Gator in 2011

screen plays.....if charlie weis is smart he will slowly change the gators O bc the team is still built mostly with spread-option style players. demps n rainey are more like scatback...that doesnt bode well in westcoast/pro style offenses.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:46 pm


Demps is a spread option type scatback--not a tailback.  His game will not mesh well with the charlie weis gameplan, that uses the tailback to set up the pass.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:09 pm

It's officially official: Demps a Gator in 2011

This guy has great speed, but probably won't be a starter in the NFL. He can run sub 10 seconds for the 100m dash, which is world class and I believe he won a couple 100m titles for Florida in track. He will put up huge numbers for the Gators in football this year for sure; look for the Gators to put up 50+ with ease on a regular basis.

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