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Antonya English

Florida's Jeff Demps contemplated giving up football



Florida senior RB Jeff Demps said Friday he considered giving up football to run track full-time during the eight months he was away competing with the UF and U.S. National men's track teams.

"I thought about just focusing on track,’’ Demps said. “Maybe if I was just to focus on track, I would be able to run faster times if I lost some weight. I felt like I could run faster if maybe I just gave track a full year, lost a little weight. I definitely gave it (quitting football) some thought. But when I got back in the football atmosphere and talking it over with my parents and coaches –both sides track and football– and praying about it, I came out with the decision that I wanted to play.’’

Demps, who recently returned from competing in Italy, said he expects it will take him about a month to get back into full football mode, but he expects to be ready when the Gators open the season Sept. 3.


[Last modified: Friday, August 5, 2011 8:15pm]


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