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Florida Gators' Jeff Demps (neck) expected to play against Georgia Bulldogs

GAINESVILLE — Florida RB Jeff Demps sprained his neck in Saturday's win over Mississippi State. Demps was in a neck brace after the game and is probable for this weekend's game against Georgia.

Coach Urban Meyer said Demps "should be fine by Tuesday or Wednesday, I'm told.''

DT Brandon Antwine reinjured his shoulder and will undergo further evaluation this week.

"The positive is I think we should get some defensive lineman and (LB) Brandon Spikes back," Meyer said.

Those could include defensive tackles Jaye Howard and Lawrence Marsh. Marsh has missed most of the season with an ankle injury. Howard has had a sore knee.

"They got some practice (Sunday) and that's what we're hoping for (their return)," DT Terron Sanders said. "Marsh said he's feeling good and Jaye said he's feeling good, and we need them to put together a good defensive performance on the field."

Spikes missed the Mississippi State game with a groin injury.

SURPRISING SILENCE: When the lights had dimmed at Davis Wade Stadium and the Gators were finally making their way to the team buses, a familiar face was missing from the small contingent of players who met with the media after Saturday night's victory: Tim Tebow. It was the first time since Tebow took over as the starting quarterback that he did not participate in postgame interviews — with the exception of the night he suffered a concussion, Sept. 26 at Kentucky.

On Saturday he had two interceptions returned for touchdowns and UF continued to struggle in the red zone.

"(He's) very frustrated," said Meyer, who after the game said the Gators might be asking Tebow to do too much. "You know he's used to playing at a certain high level. A lot of guys are frustrated. You go down there and win by 10 points on the road, and it's the same ol' song and dance like the last couple of weeks. Guys want to play better."

Players said one factor many don't take into consideration is that the Gators are getting everybody's best shot. What they are constantly being reminded by the coaching staff is that ultimately, winning is the goal.

"A lot of people are used to last year, just putting up all kinds of points and things like that," senior LB Ryan Stamper said. "But if that doesn't happen and we still get the victory, a win is a win."

Antonya English can be reached at or (813) 226-3389.


USF: vs. West Virginia, 8 Friday. TV: ESPN2

FSU: vs. N.C. State, noon Saturday. TV: Ch. 44

Florida: vs. Georgia, 3:30 Saturday, Jacksonville. TV: Ch. 10

Miami: at Wake Forest, 3:30 Saturday, Winston-Salem, N.C. TV: Ch. 28

UCF: vs. Marshall, 8:15 Sunday. TV: ESPN

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