Posted by Jerry Hinnen
When Will Muschamp took the podium at SEC Media Days Wednesday, he said he expected running back Jeff Demps to play for Florida this year rather than pursue a career in professional track. But he stopped short of guaranteeing it, saying Demps was currently in Italy for track reasons and he would have to meet with him "eyeball-to-eyeball" to know his plans for certain.
According to a report from ESPN, that eyeball-to-eyeball meeting should happen Friday. Demps is reportedly back in Gainesville, Fla., and prepared to talk to Muschamp face-to-face.
The expected result of those meetings?
Demps giving his pledge to play for the Gators in 2011. It would be a huge boost for Muschamp's wobbly offense, which finished 10th in the SEC in total offense a year ago and could ill afford to lose their leading rusher and best home-run threat -- particularly with John Brantley's competence as a passer still a matter of debate.
Demps still won't be the kind of inside-the-tackles power runner Muschamp and Charlie Weis will want, long term, for their physical pro-style offense. But where 2011 is concerned, he's still the best option Florida will have -- and if he does officially rejoin the Gators today, it's going to be a very good day indeed for Muschamp.