Three former Florida Gators invited to NFL Combine

Published February 7 2012
Updated February 7 2012

It wasn't the greatest season for the Florida football team, but some former Gators have still managed to earn an invitation to the NFL Combine.

DT Jaye Howard, RB Chris Rainey and RB Jeff Demps all received invites to the Combine, which will be held Feb. 22-28 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Howard and Rainey recently participated in the Senior Bowl last month.

It is interesting that Demps received an invite because last month Florida officials announced that he had decided to end his football career to focus on a potential career in track and field - with plans to try and make it to the 2012 Olympics.

This past weekend, Demps competed in his first indoor meet of the season and the two-time defending NCAA Champion finished first in the men's 60 meters with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 6.59.

"We're obviously very pleased with Jeff," Florida head coach Mike Holloway said at the time. "He'll be the first to tell you that he didn't execute the race well in the final, but he's been working a lot in practice and he'll only continue to improve as we get deeper into the season."