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Florida Gators:With Tebow Gone, Jeff Demps Will Have an Explosive Season

TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 29:  Linebacker Toddrick Verdell #31 of the Florida State Seminoles chases receiver Jeffrey Demps #2 of the Florida Gators during the first half at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tallahassee, Florida.  The Gators defeated the Seminoles 45-15. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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Chris FaigCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2010

With no Tim Tebow this season, the Florida Gators will be exploring all of their options, searching for playmakers on the team that will compliment quarterback John Brantley in the toughest situations.  

Last season, Jeffery Demps only had 99 total rushing attempts in which he recorded 745 yards and seven touchdowns. With Tebow gone, Demps' touches will increase to give Brantley more time in the pocket when he throws, giving Jeff more opportunities to showcase his talent. If he does earn more touches, expect Jeff Demps to be the first 1,000-yard runner Urban Meyer has had at Florida.

Not only is Demps a pure athlete, but he has proven to be an impressive track star, blazing through the 60 meter dash in 6.57 seconds, and winning the NCAA Indoor Championship.  

The Florida Gators Track team won the NCAA Indoors Track & Field Title, making Jeffrey Demps the only Gator Athlete to win National Titles in two sports.  "It means a lot. I was kind of surprised when I first heard about it, with all the great two sport athletes that have come through.  It's a real great thing for me" said a humble Demps.  

When asked about possibly running in the 2012 Olympics, Demps explained: "One day I hope I could run in the Olympics and maybe get a medal, but as of now all I'm concentrating on is football."

The speed that Jeff Demps has showcased will be extremely dangerous and frustrating for opposing teams this upcoming season.

Now in his junior season, Demps has ran the ball 177 times in his career, earning 1,350 yards and 14 touchdowns.  When asked about how the offense will be without Tim Tebow, Demps responded: "It won't be too different.  I think you'll see the running back spot carry the ball more.  It's exciting just to give us a feeling of getting the ball around crunch time and seeing what the running backs can do with it."

Demps has gained some preseason hype, being among 60 players listed on the Maxwell Award preseason watch list. 

Florida's Offensive Coordinator, Steve Addazio, says the Gators offensive play-calling is "same groceries."  "Will you see quarterback runs?  Unequivocally yes from a Wildcat offense.  Will you see five wides on the field?  You know you will. Will you see tight ends and fullback sets? Yes.  You're going to see a lot.  We're not going away from that.  It's just judiciously choosing what styles and plays you're going to use within those sets. The ultimate object is to win the game, you don't get any brownie points for margins...you better be tough, you better be able to run it."

Alongside Demps, some of the other offensive threats will be Chris Rainey, Andre Debose, Deonte Thompson, Emmanuel Moody, Chris Dunkley, Jordan Reed, Carl Moore, Mack Brown, and Omarius Hines.  The list of endless possibilities should have Gator fans jacked up for the 2010-11 season. 

 

Jeff Demps' Senior footage from High School: His speed makes defenses look silly.

If you liked this article about the Gators offense, check out an article on the Gators defense: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/437104-florida-gators-the-reloaded-gators-defense-is-ready-to-make-an-impact?just_published=1

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