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Bucs, others interested in former Gator, Olympian Jeff Demps



Former University of Florida sprinter Jeff Demps, fresh off his silver medal-winning effort in the London Olympics, plans to return to football and is considering his NFL options – including the Bucs.

Tampa Bay and several other clubs have expressed interest in signing Demps, according to his agent, Daniel Rose.

“There’s a lot of interest,” Rose said. “We talked to some teams before the Olympics, but we wanted him to concentrate on the Olympics. Preparing for the Olympics is a very regimented process, and he needed to focus on that.

“At 22-years old, how could you tell a kid not to go to the Olympics?”

Demps, 22, returned from London on Monday after participating on the American 4x100-meter relay team that finished second to the Jamaican team.

He was an accomplished sprinter at UF, but he also was a key member of the football team, playing some running back and receiver, as well as serving as a return man.

It’s not clear what position Demps is best suited for in the NFL, but the Bucs, perhaps, see him as a returner.

“I’ve spoken to the Bucs, but there are a lot of teams interested,” Rose said. “He’s not committed to any team yet. He just got off the plane. But Tampa Bay would be a great fit. We’re going to let it play out and he’ll be somewhere soon.”

On Demps’ decision to pursue his Olympic dreams even though it was detrimental to his football career, Rose said, “It wouldn’t have been in anyone’s best interest to tell him to skip the Olympics. That’s something he’ll have forever.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 3:56pm]


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