Jeff Demps expected to join track team in January
Despite his season-long battle with a sprained foot, Florida junior RB Jeff Demps is expected to join the track team when the indoor season begins Jan. 15, his coach said.
UF track and field head coach Mike Holloway said Monday that at this time, he has no reason to believe Demps won't be ready to run. But for now, Holloway said, Demps remains committed to the Gator football team.
"Talking to Jeff, everything is status quo as far as his status (with the track team),'' Holloway said. "I think the biggest thing with Jeff is, Jeff's got another football game to play. And when that football game is over, we'll evaluate where he's going with track. I actually spoke with Jeff yesterday, and we just talked about 'How are you doing'? 'How are you feeling?' I mean obviously they are going through a tough time right now. My main concern is keeping his spirits up so he can keep helping this football team get better.''
Demps injured his foot in the Sept. 18 game against Tennessee. He missed two games and has played sparingly in the others since that time. Florida coach Urban Meyer has said Demps has a stress reaction injury, and it will take time - and rest - to heal. Demps has said planting, and cutting are his biggest problems with the injury. He is the reigning NCAA 100 meters champion.
When asked if he expects Demps to be able to compete in January, Holloway replied: "Yeah, as far as I know.''
"I haven't heard anything else,'' he added. "But again, we're not talking about that right now. We're more worried about helping the football team get better."