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UF’s Demps Still Limited

Earlier this season, we asked a simple question here at MrSEC: “Who is going to replace Tim Tebow as the main running threat in Florida’s offense?”

A number of folks from the Sunshine State emailed to say that Jeff Demps would be that guy.  Demps himself suggested that he could play a smashmouth style.

Demps is an electrifying runner with flash o’ lightning speed.  He’s a real talent.  And he’s also 5-8, 190.

If you’re a feature back in the SEC At 5-8, 190, you’re probably not going to stay healthy for long.  Demps hasn’t.

“He has not been 100 percent since the Tennessee game,” Urban Meyer said yesterday.  “He was our #1 playmaker coming into the season.  It’s been devastating on all fronts.”

Demps will be available on a limited basis for the Gators’ remaining games against Appalachian State and Florida State.

“He’s got a stress reaction in his foot, so he doesn’t practice.  It’s very frustrating.  Jeff is a competitor and one of the most talented guys in the country, and a guy we need.  It’s been hard.”

Demps is a great player.  But he’s too small to be counted on as a star running back in the SEC.  Florida’s coach needs to recognize that and recruit with that in mind.  For every compact like Demps he signs, Meyer needs to bring in a full-size back, too.  A true workhorse.

Tebow is gone and the Gators never had anyone who could take over in the run game in his absence.  Will they have that someone next year?


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