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Jeff Demps

ATH

Height
5' 8"
CLASS
FR
Hometown
Winter Garden
Weight
176 lbs.
Experience
1L
School
South Lake
Omarius Hines

CAREER: Saw action in 51 games, with 27 starts in his career as a Gator…Since 1996, has twice as many 60-plus yard career rushes (four) than any other Gator…Eighth all-time at UF with 2,470 yards rushing on 367 carries, a 6.7 average, and 23 touchdowns on the ground…Had 481 yards receiving on 57 receptions (8.4 avg.) and one receiving TD…Was also a member of the UF men’s track team running sprints and is the only UF athlete to win a national championship in two different sports.

 

HONORS: 2008 SEC All-Freshman selection…A CollegeFootballNews.com All-Freshman Honorable Mention…A 2009 nominee for the Doak Walker Award, who was also named a third-team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele…Nominee for the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team…Semifinalist for the 2011 Lowes Senior CLASS Award…A 2011 SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Second Team selection…Named to the CFPA Running Back Trophy, Doak Walker Award, Paul Hornung Award and Pony Express Award watch lists prior to the 2011 season...Awarded CFPA National Kickoff Returner of the Week following his efforts against Georgia on Oct. 29, 2011…Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week after his game against Vanderbilt Nov. 5, 2011…Named to 2011 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

 

2011: Played in 12 games, including five starts…Had 98 carries, 569 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns along with 16 receptions for career-high 172 yards…Second on the team with 991 all-purpose yards…One of two players nationally with a rush, reception and return of 70-plus yards (Tavon Ausin, WVU)…Totaled three games with 100+ yards rushing…Led the Gators in rushing in three games…Had nine runs of 20-or-more yards…Ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, along with three receptions for 21 yards versus FAU…Caught a career-high tying four passes for 37 yards and carried the ball 10 times for 48 yards vs. Tennessee…Recorded 157 yards along with two touchdowns on 10 carries vs. Kentucky…Against Kentucky Jeff Demps (157 yards) and Chris Rainey (105 yards) became the first running back duo to surpass 100 yards in the same game since Rainey (142 yards) and Emmanuel Moody (116 yards) did so against The Citadel in 2008…Had a career-long rush of 84 yards for a TD vs. Kentucky, the longest rush since Emmitt Smith had a 96-yard run in 1988 and the sixth-longest rush in school history…Missed the game at Auburn with an ankle injury…Returned a kick 99 yards for a touchdown vs. Georgia…Took his only reception on the opening play 72 yards to set up a field goal against Georgia…Catapulted the Gators to victory over Vanderbilt with a 23-carry, 158-yard and two touchdown performance, including a game sealing 52-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter…Rushed nine times for 33 yards vs. South Carolina…Carried the ball seven times for 30 yards and caught one pass for seven yards in the Gator Bowl vs. OSU

 

2010: One of only nine players in the country in 2010 with a rush of over 70 yards and a kick return of over 50 yards…Led the team with 551 rushing yards on a team-best 92 carries (team-high 50.1 yards per game)…Had a team-high 927 all-purpose yards, while catching a running back-high 18 receptions for 116 yards (6.4 average)…Returned eight kickoffs for 260 yards for a 32.5-yard average, with a long of 54 yards against USF, including three kick returns of over 40 yardsNamed SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against USF…Overall, appeared in 11 games with five starts…Suffered a sprained left foot against Tennessee and was limited the remainder of the season, missing the LSU and Vanderbilt games…Ran three times for 20 yards and caught two passes for five yards in the 2011 Outback Bowl victory over Penn State…Carried nine times for 44 yards on the road at FSU…Ran for 38 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in the win over Georgia, while also catching two passes for 43 yards, including a team-high 40-yard pass…Snapped his streak of 33-straight games played to start his career by missing the LSU game, but ran for 36 yards on five carries the following week vs. Mississippi State…Ran for a team-high 47 yards on 11 carries in a start against Alabama…Ran for 57 yards on eight carries and caught three passes for two yards in the victory vs. Kentucky, while returning two kickoffs for 39 yards…Ran for a team-high 73 yards on a career-high 26 attempts in the win at Tennessee, the most by a Gator running back since Ciatrick Fason vs. Kentucky in 2004…Also led the team with 177 all-purpose yards, including two kick returns for 70 yards (35.0 average, longest of 43)…Also caught three passes for 34 yards…Ran for 139 yards on 11 carries, and finished with a career-high 255 all-purpose yards in the win over USF…His 62-yard touchdown run made him the first player in the nation in 2010 to have two rushes on the season of more than 60 yards…Finished with a team-high 98 yards on eight carries against Miami University, including a career-long 72-yard touchdown run.

 

2009: A 2009 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll selection for his work in the classroom during his sophomore season…Played in all 14 games for the Gators, including 12 starts…Accumulated 745 yards rushing on 99 carries (7.5 avg.) and scored seven touchdowns…Had eight receptions for 52 yards (6.5 avg.)…Ranked fifth in the nation with 7.5 yards per carry avg. and finished second on the Gator squad, first among running backs, in 2009 with 745 rushing yards and seven touchdowns…Recorded his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season against FSU, running seven times for a total of 106 yards on the ground, including a career-tying 62-yard run in the second half…Had 46 yards on nine carries, including a three-yard touchdown scamper – his seventh of the season against FIU…Led the UF rushing attack against Vanderbilt with seven carries for 57 yards on the ground and one touchdown, a 25-yard…Tallied five carries for 31 yards in Florida’s victory over Georgia in Jacksonville…Carried nine times for 54 yards and one touchdown versus the Razorbacks…Additionally moved past the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career in the win against Arkansas…Carried a career-high 16 times for 86 yards in Florida’s win over LSU on the road…Came up just shy of the century mark at Kentucky with 97 yards on 12 carries…Had four rushes for 31 yards and a TD against Tennessee in the SEC opener and also rallied for two catches and 15 yards in the air…Scored his third rushing touchdown of the season on a 24-yard run in the second quarter in the 56-6 win over Troy and also led the Gators with 87 yards on the ground…Scored two rushing touchdowns against Charleston Southern Demps’ eight-yard run was the first touchdown of the 2009 season for the Gators and his two scores tied a career-high for touchdowns in one game.

 

2008: Saw action in all 14 games as a freshman, starting in five…Started at running back in the 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game, where he rushed nine times for 23 yards…Also played an intricate role in UF’s win over Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, rushing for 53 yards and catching one touchdown pass…Average touchdown run in 2008 was 32.7 yards…Five of his seven rushing touchdowns were 36 or more yards and three of the seven were 40 yards or more…Ranked fourth on the team in rushing (605 yards on 78 carries) and sixth in receiving (141 yards, 15 receptions)…Rushed for 100 or more yards in two of UF’s games, racking up 103 yards against Arkansas and 129 yards against LSU…Named the SEC Freshman of the Week for his work against Arkansas…Additionally played a key role on special teams, blocking two punts, one in the win over Miami and another against Kentucky on Homecoming…Named the SEC Special Teams’ Player of the Week after his punt block against Kentucky…Unleashed a 62-yard run against Hawaii in the season-opener, the longest run by UF freshman since 1987.

 

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Considered one of the nation’s fastest recruits…Second-team Class 4A all-state selection at running back as a senior…Gained 1,401 yards on the ground, along with 16 touchdowns on 157 carries during his senior year…Rushed for 21 scores and 1,761 yards on 170 touches in junior campaign…Second-team all-state Class 3A selection …Ran the 100-meter dash at the Florida state final, the fastest time recorded at that event at 10.37 seconds…Clocked a 10.25 at the AAU Junior Olympics, the second-fastest time ever in the state and the fastest clocking recorded by a high school senior that year…Finished 13th nationally with a 21.04 time in the 200-meter dash…No. 4 athlete and ranked 53rd in the ESPN 150…Earned four-star billing by Rivals.com and was part of the Rivals.com250…Listed as the sixth-best all-purpose back by Rivals.com…Coached by Walter Banks.

 

DEMPS’ CAREER HIGHS

Rushing Attempts: 26 (at Tennessee, 2010)

Rushing Yards: 158 (vs. Vanderbilt, 2011)

Rushing TDs: 2 (5x, last vs. Vanderbilt, 2011)

Longest Rush: 84 (vs. Kentucky, 2011)

Receptions: 4 (3x, last vs. Tennessee, 2011)

Receiving Yards: 72 (vs. Georgia, 2011)

Longest Reception: 72 (vs. Georgia, 2011)

Receiving TDs: 1 (vs. Kentucky, 2008)

Punt Blocks: 1 (2x, last vs. Kentucky, 2008)

Punt Returns: 1 (2x, last vs. Kentucky, 2008)

Punt Return Yards: 27 (vs. Kentucky, 2008)

Longest Punt Return: 27 (vs. Kentucky, 2008)

Kickoff Returns: 2 (6x, last vs. FAU, 2011)

Kickoff Return Yards: 99 (vs. Georgia, 2011)

Longest Kickoff Return: 99 (vs. Georgia, 2011)

Kick Return TD: 1 (vs. Georgia, 2011)

 

CAREER STATISTICS

RUSHING

G

Att

Yds

TD

Lg

Avg/C

Avg/G

2008

14

78

605

7

62

7.8

43.2

2009

14

99

745

7

62

7.5

53.2

2010

11

92

551

3

72

6

50.1

2011

12

98

569

6

84

5.8

47.4

TOTAL

51

367

2470

23

84

6.7

48.4

 

TOTAL OFFENSE

G

Rush

Pass

Total

Avg/G

2008

14

605

0

605

43.2

2009

14

745

0

745

53.2

2010

11

551

0

551

50.1

2011

12

569

0

569

47.4

TOTAL

51

2470

0

2470

48.4

 

RECEIVING

G

Rec

Yds

TD

Lg

Rec/G

Avg/C

Avg/G

2008

14

15

141

1

61

1.1

9.4

10.1

2009

14

8

52

0

11

0.6

6.5

3.7

2010

11

18

116

0

40

1.6

6.4

10.5

2011

12

16

172

0

72

1.3

10.8

14.3

TOTAL

51

57

481

1

72

1.1

8.4

9.4

 

SCORING

G

TD

Rush

Pass

Retn

PAT

2PAT

FG

Total

Avg/G

2008

14

8

7

1

0

0

0

0

48

3.4

2009

14

7

7

0

0

0

0

0

42

3

2010

11

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

18

1.6

2011

12

7

6

0

1

0

0

0

42

3.5

TOTAL

51

25

23

1

1

0

0

0

150

2.9

 

PUNT RETURNS

G

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

Avg/R

Avg/G

2008

14

2

37

0

0

18.5

2.6

2009

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

2011

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

51

2

37

0

0

18.5

0.7

 

KICK RETURNS

G

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

Avg/R

Avg/G

2008

14

1

39

0

39

39

2.8

2009

14

2

55

0

28

27.5

3.9

2010

11

8

260

0

54

32.5

23.6

2011

12

10

250

1

99

25

20.8

TOTAL

51

21

604

1

99

28.8

11.8

 

ALL PURPOSE

G

Rush

Rec

PR

KR

IR

Total

Avg/G

2008

14

605

141

37

39

0

822

58.7

2009

14

745

52

0

55

0

852

60.9

2010

11

551

116

0

260

0

927

84.3

2011

12

569

172

0

250

0

991

82.6

TOTAL

51

2470

481

37

604

0

3592

70.4

 

TACKLES

G

UA

A

Total

TFL

Yds

PD

FF

FR

Blkd

2008

14

1

3

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

2009

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2011

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

51

1

3

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

 

 

CAREER GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS

2011

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff Returns

Punt Returns

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

3-Sep-11

FAU

12

105

2

35

3

21

0

12

2

30

0

18

0

0

0

0

156

10-Sep-11

UAB

2

10

0

12

1

10

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

17-Sep-11

TENNESSEE

10

48

0

28

4

37

0

28

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

85

24-Sep-11

at Kentucky

10

157

2

84

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

159

1-Oct-11

ALABAMA

3

4

0

2

1

2

0

2

1

28

0

28

0

0

0

0

34

8-Oct-11

at LSU

2

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

29-Oct-11

vs Georgia

8

12

0

6

1

72

0

72

1

99

1

99

0

0

0

0

183

5-Nov-11

VANDERBILT

23

158

2

52

2

14

0

17

2

41

0

22

0

0

0

0

213

12-Nov-11

at South Carolina

9

33

0

15

0

0

0

0

2

19

0

11

0

0

0

0

52

19-Nov-11

FURMAN

8

20

0

5

2

7

0

4

1

17

0

17

0

0

0

0

44

26-Nov-11

FLORIDA ST.

4

-8

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

16

0

16

0

0

0

0

8

2-Jan-12

vs Ohio St.

7

30

0

10

1

7

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

37

Totals

98

569

6

84

16

172

0

72

10

250

1

99

0

0

0

0

991

2010

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff Returns

Punt Returns

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

4-Sep-10

MIAMI

8

98

1

72

4

4

0

3

2

56

0

34

0

0

0

0

158

11-Sep-10

USF

11

139

1

62

1

21

0

21

2

95

0

54

0

0

0

0

255

18-Sep-10

at Tennessee

26

73

0

18

3

34

0

16

2

70

0

43

0

0

0

0

177

25-Sep-10

KENTUCKY

8

57

0

17

3

2

0

4

2

39

0

22

0

0

0

0

98

2-Oct-10

at Alabama

11

47

0

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

47

16-Oct-10

MISSISSIPPI ST.

5

36

0

17

3

7

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

43

30-Oct-10

vs Georgia

9

38

1

16

2

43

0

40

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

81

13-Nov-10

SOUTH CAROLINA

2

-1

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

-1

20-Nov-10

APPALACHIAN ST.

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27-Nov-10

at Florida St.

9

44

0

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

44

1-Jan-11

vs Penn St.

3

20

0

13

2

5

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

25

Totals

92

551

3

72

18

116

0

40

8

260

0

54

0

0

0

0

927

2009

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff Returns

Punt Returns

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

5-Sep-09

CH. SOUTHERN

5

89

2

41

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

89

12-Sep-09

TROY

7

87

1

38

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

87

19-Sep-09

TENNESSEE

4

31

1

21

2

15

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

46

26-Sep-09

at Kentucky

12

97

0

17

1

4

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

101

10-Oct-09

at LSU

16

86

0

25

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

86

17-Oct-09

ARKANSAS

9

54

1

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

54

24-Oct-09

at Mississippi St.

5

13

0

5

1

5

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

31-Oct-09

vs Georgia

5

31

0

9

1

4

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

35

7-Nov-09

VANDERBILT

7

57

1

25

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

57

14-Nov-09

at South Carolina

9

32

0

9

2

13

0

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

45

21-Nov-09

FIU

9

46

1

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

46

28-Nov-09

FLORIDA ST.

7

106

0

62

1

11

0

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

117

5-Dec-09

vs Alabama

1

9

0

9

0

0

0

0

2

55

0

28

0

0

0

0

64

1-Jan-10

vs Cincinnati

3

7

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

Totals

99

745

7

62

8

52

0

11

2

55

0

28

0

0

0

0

852

2008

Rushing

Receiving

Kickoff Returns

Punt Returns

All

Date

Opponent

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No.

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

No

Yds

TD

Lg

purp

30-Aug-08

HAWAII

2

76

1

62

1

10

0

10

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

86

6-Sep-08

MIAMI

3

-1

0

1

2

8

0

5

0

0

0

0

1

10

0

0

17

20-Sep-08

at Tennessee

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27-Sep-08

OLE MISS

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4-Oct-08

at Arkansas

7

103

2

48

1

7

0

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

110

11-Oct-08

LSU

10

129

1

42

1

11

0

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

140

25-Oct-08

UK

7

50

0

15

4

67

1

61

0

0

0

0

1

27

0

0

144

1-Nov-08

vs UGA

7

19

0

5

2

8

0

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27

8-Nov-08

at Vanderbilt

4

19

0

6

0

0

0

0

1

39

0

39

0

0

0

0

58

15-Nov-08

USC

4

43

1

38

2

5

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

48

22-Nov-08

THE CITADEL

1

2

0

2

1

14

0

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

29-Nov-08

at Florida St.

9

89

1

44

1

11

0

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

100

6-Dec-08

vs Alabama

14

53

1

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

53

8-Jan-09

vs Oklahoma

9

23

0

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

Totals

78

605

7

62

15

141

1

61

1

39

0

39

2

37

0

0

822

 

 

OFF THE FIELD STORIES

·         Won the individual 60 meter National Championship and the Team Indoor National Championship in 2011

·         Ran a 9.96 in the 100 meters to win the 2010 outdoor individual national championship in that event

·         Became the only student-athlete in Florida history to win national championships with two different teams (football 2008; indoor track and field 2010 & 2011)

·         Ran at the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, recording a time of 10.01 in the 100-meter dash, finishing first in the quarter-final race, breaking the American junior record of 10.06 (Walter Dix, 2005), and the national high school record of 10.08 (J-Mee Samuels, 2005). The time tied the world junior record (10.01 – held by Darrel Brown, 2003)

·         Ran the fastest time in the country by a high school senior at the AAU national track meet in 2008, clocking a 10.25 in the 100-meter dash

·         Ran the 100-meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay on the Florida men’s outdoor track team

·         Cousin, Cameron Demps, a defensive back who plays for Winston-Salem State University, was widely considered the fastest player available in Georgia in 2008

·         Wore an orange and blue wig at his press conference instead of a hat at the ESPN Zone in Orlando

·         Lists his first goal at Florida to earn a degree and show others that nothing is impossible

·         First attended a game at The Swamp against UCF in 2006

·         Lists Emmitt Smith as his all-time favorite Gator because “he was a great role model, a great athlete and a great person”

·         “Friday Night Lights” is his favorite football movie

·         Still keeps in touch with Teri Batts, a data-entry specialist who convinced Coach Meyer to take a chance on recruiting Demps. She started helping students who want to make big changes in their lives and she made sure he didn’t cut class in high school and stayed on the right path

·         Captain of team Against All Odds for the 2011 Gator Football Charity Challenge

 

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

“I don’t think I’ve ever played against anyone as quick and fast as those two guys (Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey). It’s very hard but it’s getting me better every day, and I’m learning a lot from them, too.” (8/16/11)

Matt Elam, UF safety

 

“It was close, but maybe not as close as some people thought. There were people saying I wasn’t going to play football this year. Once I got back, I talked to my parents and talked to my coaches and decided to come back and play football for my senior year. Italy was fun. I just wanted to get a feel for what it was like. It was a good experience for me. Hopefully, I can play at the next level. Hopefully, I have options.” (8/6/11)

Jeff Demps, UF running back

 

“It feels good just to be around my teammates and just to be in this football atmosphere. I feel better than ever, and I’m ready to kick off the season.” (8/6/11)

Jeff Demps, UF running back

 

"The term "world-class speed" gets tossed around a lot; Demps legitimately has it. He isn't just the fastest man in college football; he's also the fastest man in college sports." (5/18/11)

Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com

 

"It's his work ethic and his motor. It's really something special. From the time he showed up here through today, it's always full-go. This is an overachieving guy that has a lot of gifts. He has an energy and enthusiasm for everything. People feed off him. They love to be around him. He's the hardest-working guy on our football team and I can't speak for our track coach, but I believe he's probably the hardest working guy on our track team too." (5/18/11)

Mickey Marotti, UF Strength & Conditioning Coach

 

“He’s an outstanding player. He’s a great player for them. He is just one outstanding player at what he does.  He’s a good runner and has great speed on the perimeter, probably the likes of which we have not seen.” (9/27/10)

Nick Saban, Alabama Head Coach

 

"He's fast. If he gets one seam, he might be gone. He runs strong. He's one of the fastest guys in the country." (9/22/10)

Derrick Locke, Kentucky running back

 

“He’s done a great job. We can’t ask for anything more. He returns kicks, runs the ball plenty of times during the game, and he goes hard. No matter how tired he is, he’s going to keep going. That’s what makes him so reliable.” (9/20/10)

John Brantley, UF quarterback

 

“I told [Meyer] that regardless of anything that happens and no matter what that [Demps] was the kind of a man that he would always be proud of that he coached. Jeff is the hardest-working, most-dedicated human being I've ever met -- man or child.'' (9/16/10)

Teri Batts, Demps’ high school guidance counselor

 

“Demps has taken his game to a whole new level, and it’s a good thing for the Gators. That’s what speed does, and nobody in college football brings the kind of speed to the field that Demps does each Saturday.” (9/15/10)

Chris Low, ESPN.com

 

“He’s fast and he’s a playmaker. If he has space, he’s going to hurt you. If you don’t reduce space, wrap up and gang tackle, he’s going to have a breakout game.” (9/14/10)

Derek Dooley, Tennessee Head Coach

 

"Special guy. Speed and you better wrap up. They know what they're doing. So they'll move those guys around, get him the ball out of the backfield, throw it to him, pop him out. You've just always got to be conscious of where he is." (9/13/10)

Derek Dooley, Tennessee Head Coach

 

"Jeff's certainly a home-run hitter. I mean, you give him a crease, how many guys in the country are going to keep up with him? He just ran downhill with unbelievable velocity. It wasn't just fast. It was powerful." (9/12/10)

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

"I think everyone knows how I feel about Dempsy. I know how the offensive line feels about Demps. You give him a crack and that guy is gone." (9/11/10)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

"Jeff is a great back. When he rips off those big runs it also sets it up for the other backs that come in. We call him the stallion. He's like a horse. He makes big returns on kickoff returns on offense and then busts off for a 62-yard run. He's the fastest running back in the nation and one of the most explosive running backs in the nation." (9/11/10)

Emmanuel Moody, former UF running back

 

“But Demps, billed as a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate by ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, came through when the Gators needed him most.” (9/5/10)

Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun, on Demps’ performance vs. Miami University

 

"I think if I get an open seam it'll be a pretty good day for the Gators.” (9/3/10)

Jeff Demps, UF running back

 

“I think I’m tough enough. That’s the main part of it. You’ve got to have that demeanor. (Coach Drayton) is teaching all the backs about having that demeanor to put your pads down and get those one or two yards.” (8/27/10)

Jeff Demps, UF running back

 

"In my opinion, Jeff will not be a track guy. He'll be a running back in the NFL. And honestly, that's what Jeff wants. He wants to be able to contribute to the track program here. He wants to help us win the national title. That's great, but in the big picture Jeff wants to play in the NFL. Football is very important to him and I support that." (8/16/10)

Mike Holloway, Florida Track & Field Head Coach

 

“If you know Demps, you're not too surprised (by his success). He puts in the work. It's absolutely important to him. He's absolutely committed to whatever he's doing at that point in time. Demps has been a straight-line guy ... he hasn't been a shake-and-bake guy. This is where his game has improved." (8/16/10)

Stan Drayton, former UF Running Backs Coach

 

"I can honestly say, in the 16 years I've been coaching, that one other time I've had an athlete (Brian Westbrook), a person like that, that I've had the pleasure of coaching.” (8/10/10)

Stan Drayton, former UF Running Backs Coach

 

“He's very explosive right now. The thing I'm seeing. ... we had a little one-on-one tackling drill today, and he's making people miss. He's starting to get that lateral movement, that twitching in his run. I'm really, really excited about Demps.” (8/9/10)

Stan Drayton, former UF Running Backs Coach

 

“Jeff Demps is a war daddy. He is a fast, accountable guy.” (8/6/10)

Steve Addazio, former UF Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach and current Temple Head Coach

 

“Jeff Demps is known across the country for his speed, but his toughness running the football is often underrated. He is as strong pound-for-pound as any player on the team. It shows with his ability to run through tackles.” (7/30/10)

Cody Jones, GatorCountry.com

 

“Jeff Demps has the kind of speed that scares anybody. He’s one of the best big-play threats in the league and will get even more chances this season.” (7/21/10)

Chris Low, ESPN.com

 

“Jeff Demps is one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. But for opponents of the Florida Gators, he is definitely double trouble.” (7/2010)

Jim Harvin, Fightin’ Gators Magazine

 

“He has a lot of God-given ability, and we have to give honor to that. The biggest thing about Jeff is he is a world-class person. His work ethic is unbelievable. He shows up every single day and gives you 100%. Jeff wants to learn and he wants to get better. He comes out every day and challenges himself to do that.” (7/2010)

Mike Holloway, UF Track & Field Coach

 

“I love Jeff Demps. That young man loves the game of football. He’s the same way at football practice, always wanting to learn and improve. All he wants to do is get better because he knows that will make the team better.”

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

“With deadly straightaway speed, Demps has been one of the most exciting running backs in the conference the last two seasons.” (6/27/10)

Edward Aschoff, Gainesville Sun

 

 “Now a freshman tailback at fifth-ranked Florida, he appears to be the swiftest running back ever to play college or professional football, according to track historians and an examination of performance lists compiled by USA Track and Field.” (10/24/08)

Jere Longman, NY Times

 

“You’re not going out on a limb to call him the fastest running back and one of the fastest few players ever to play the game,” (10/24/08)

Jon Hendershott, a track historian and associate editor of Track and Field News

 

“He’s been tremendous. It’s the energy he brings to the field. I know he’s one of the fastest teenagers in the world. He plays the game with intensity.” (10/11/08)

Dan Mullen, Mississippi State Head Coach and former UF Offensive Coordinator

 

"We kind of like fast people around here, and Demps is fast.” (8/30/08)

Urban Meyer, former UF Head Coach

 

"When I see the light, man, my eyes just get big.” (8/30/08)

Jeff Demps, UF running back

 

“I kind of fell in love with it because I really enjoyed doing it (track) and I began to get good at it. I was doing great things on the track. … I kind of thought of it really like only a couple kids my age get a chance to (turn pro in track). … It was kind of hard, but at the end of the day I picked football.” (8/21/08)

Jeff Demps, UF running back

 

"My first goal at the University of Florida is to earn a degree and show others who might come behind me that nothing is impossible. I love it when people consider me to be a role model. It's not a burden, because all you have to do is be yourself." (2/6/08)

Jeff Demps, UF running back

 

The speed is just ridiculous. I have never seen one that runs that fast. He can get 30 yards easily and just runs past people. He is an awesome player, but he has more attributes off the field than on the field. He shows leadership in the classroom and the weight room and inspires kids to work also. We have a special needs program for mentally challenged kids and the last spring we had one of the kids challenge Jeff and he let the kid win just to see the smile on the kids face. It really made the kid’s day.” (1/9/08)

Walter Banks, South Lake High School Head Coach

 

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