Demps Wants to Keep Winning

The Florida Gators will likely lean on sophomore running back Jeff Demps a little more this season than they did in 2008. As a true freshman, Demps had a lot to learn and the Gators were busy utilizing the skills of receiver Percy Harvin both in the passing and running game. This year, look for Demps to have a reverse role as he will run the ball, but also get some time in the passing game.

At 185 pounds, Jeff Demps isn't intimidating looking, but if there is one thing we saw from the dynamic playmaker last year, it's that he isn't afraid to run through a pile to get where he has to go.

However, it is his breakaway speed and his ability to leave defenders in his wake that make him a special talent. To that end, Demps will likely be used in the passing game and in the slot position, much like Harvin was.

Personally, Demps doesn't care where he plays, he just wants to win the games on the schedule.

"A thousand yards rushing would be good, but I would rather win the game or win a championship," Demps told the media on Friday. "I think about it sometimes, that's natural, but at the end of the day I have to take one day at a time.

"I want to play wherever they put me and just help out the team the best way I can. It's nice to be in open space, I wouldn't mind going out in the slot a couple of times."

As for goals, Demps doesn't have any personal ones. He just wants to "take it one day at a time." That should come a lot easier for the sophomore who was quick to learn as a true freshman in 2008, but still a little more hesitant than he will be this season.

"Last year at this time I was confused, it was coming at me so fast," he said. "This year I have experience, so I can settle down and go out there and have some fun. I can relax and go out and play like I know how I play.

Demps ran track in the offseason and suffered a hamstring injury in the process. The hammy is doing well, and he believes his body is ready for football.

"(I get) treatment here and there, but it's good,' he said about the injury. "It wasn't all that tough (getting back into football shape) because I had a hamstring injury in track, so I never really got fully in shape for track. It was kind of easy to transition back to football.

Demps ran for a magnificent 7.8 yards per carry last season and is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the football. Getting him the ball in different ways will be key this season and the Gators will be busy doing just that.


Fightin Gators Top Stories