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Gators Jeff Demps says he's ready to return to football



As expected, Florida RB Jeff Demps will return to the Florida football team for his final season.

Demps has not practiced with the team since January's Outback Bowl. He spent the spring competing with the Florida track team, and also competed with the U.S. National team this past summer.

“When I came to Florida I wanted to compete at a very high level in both sports and I’ve done that,'' Demps said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. "Football has been my first love, but I also love running track. All of my coaches have been supportive and I’ve always been able to concentrate on whatever sport I’m competing in during that season. I concentrated on track this past Spring and Summer, and I’m now ready to concentrate on football. I’m looking forward to getting back together with my football teammates and having a great senior season.”

Demps suffered a sprained left foot in the third game of the season against Tennessee last season and played sparingly the remainder of the year. He rushed for 551 yards. Demps is the reigning SEC 60-meter indoor champion and won the NCAA 100-meter outdoor title last season.

“As I stated last week in Birmingham, Jeff Demps will be joining our football program when our squad reports for camp on August 5th and when we start practice on August 6th,'' UF coach Will Muschamp said in a statement. " I met with him today and Jeff is looking forward to focusing on football for his upcoming senior season. “


[Last modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 5:33pm]


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