It won't be a surprise to anyone who paid attention to Will Muschamp's SEC Media Days comments. Or to anyone who noticed the report two days later that said Jeff Demps was in Gainesville to tell Muschamp face-to-face he'd be playing for the Gators in 2011. Or to anyone who's noticed Demps has put his football ambitions ahead of those in track for his entire career in both.
But all the same, just to make it officially official: Demps will be playing football for Florida this fall. As he said in a statement:
“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. Now I'm ready to concentrate on football. I’m looking forward to getting back together with my football teammates.”
And Muschamp, for his part:
“I met with him Tuesday and Jeff is looking forward to focusing on football for his upcoming senior season."We would say this is a huge boost for the Gators -- Demps was their leading rusher a year ago and easily their best home-run threat -- but since Demps never really left the team, it's more the absence of a negative than a positive. (If that makes sense.)
Now for the bigger issue confronting Demps's role with the Gators: can Charlie Weis figure out how to use him?
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