Tag:Jeff Demps Injury
Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 11:05 am

Meyer: Demps probable, Brantley at full speed

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida's home loss to LSU on Saturday night left Gator fans with a lot of "what if's."  Fans wondered how the game could have been different if quarterback John Brantley had been 100%, or if the outcome would have changed with the presence of speedy playmaker Jeff Demps.  Head coach Urban Meyer was able to deliver good news on both players on Wednesday.

"Good news on Demps," Meyer said during the SEC teleconference on Wednesday. "He's feeling a lot better than he did last week.  Obviously, we need his big-play shot. I put him as probable for Saturday (against Mississippi State). He's going to do some practice (Wednesday) and then, he's telling me, he's going to practice (Thursday)."

While the exact extent of Brantley's rib and thumb injuries have been a topic of much debate, Meyer continues to insist that his starting quarterback is ready to play.  Though this time he has some more evidence to present, with Brantley going full speed in practice for the first time in almost two weeks.  Brantley was limited leading up to the LSU game due to shoulder complications from his rib injury.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:56 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 9:02 am

UF RB Demps: Foot injury affecting game

Posted by Chip Patterson

Even though he spent most of the preparation week in a protective boot, Florida running back Jeff Demps was still on the field and active in the Gators' 31-6 loss at Alabama on Saturday.  But his presence on the field against the top-ranked team in the land does not signify a complete recovery for the speedy junior.  He led the Gators in rushing, with 11 carries for 47 yards, but on Monday admitted that his foot was "not 100 percent" against the Crimson Tide.
"It bothers me when I'm running and also it bothers me when I try to cut, plant or come back,'' Demps said. "I'm trying to tough it out, but at the same time, I think it's affecting me."

Demps is the primary threat out of the backfield for the Gators, with 414 yards rushing and 61 yards receiving on the season, and having him healthy is essential for the Gators offense.  He said he was not informed until right before the game that he would take the field, though it looks as though he should be ready to play on Saturday against No. 12 LSU.  The defensive unit has been one of LSU's strong points this season, and regardless of any ongoing offensive woes, the Gators cannot expect to win the game without more production on offense.  

In order to get that they will likely need Jeff Demps, because outside of a one game explosion from Trey Burton, they don't seem to be getting it anywhere else.

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 3:17 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 3:22 pm

Gators Demps in boot, could play at Alabama

Posted by Chip Patterson

When it comes to Florida's offense, there has been a fair share of doubting and criticism so far in the 2010 season.  But thanks to the play of speedy running back Jeff Demps and the recent emergence of freshman Trey Burton as a multi-talented scoring threat, the Gators look prepared to make a run at another SEC Championship.

They face their greatest challenge yet on Saturday, traveling to take on the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide under the lights in Bryant-Denny Stadium.  With the match up just five days away, all sights around Gainesville are on Demps, who is healing a bruised foot and walking in a protective boot.  Still, Gators head coach Urban Meyer believes he will be available on Saturday.

Coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Demps was still wearing a protective boot on his left foot. Demps bruised his foot Sept. 18 at Tennessee and re-injured it during Saturday's 48-14 win against Kentucky. Meyer said tests showed no ligament damage or broken bones.

"I'm hearing positive things about later in the week," Meyer said. "He actually had an X-ray and a scan on his foot. It's a sprained foot. It's not broken, there's not a stress fracture. I took a deep breath on the sideline when they said we're going to go take him to get a scan. But it came back negative. Now it's just we've got to get him healthy."

"I think we are going to have Demps (against Alabama)," Meyer said.

Demps leads the team with 367 yards rushing, is an important target catching the ball out of the backfield, and returns kicks for the Gators.  His speed and agility makes him a home-run threat anytime the ball is in his hands.  Having him on the field will draw attention from the Alabama defense, easing up the pressure on quarterback John Brantley.

Brantley will also likely pass off more snaps Burton, who exploded against Kentucky for six touchdowns on Saturday.  Running out of the same Gator Heavy package that made Tebow a household name, Burton ran the ball five times for five touchdowns and added a touchdown reception to cap a breakout game for the freshman from Venice, FL.

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