Notebook: Demps still has sharp pain
Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 6:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 6:22 p.m.
Though Jeff Demps feels better than he has in five weeks, he's not where he wants to be.
Florida's junior running back has suffered from a sprained left foot since September and said Monday he still has sharp pain in his foot when changing direction and making cuts.
Running straight ahead causes little to no pain for Demps, who said after Saturday's 34-31 OT win over Georgia that he's about 90 to 95 percent healthy.
"It's coming along pretty good," Demps said. "Slowly but surely.
"It's kind of hard because I have that sharp pain and I can't really push off it like I want to."
Demps' left foot isn't taped, but he wears a soft, protective brace. He's limited more in practice, taking around 20-25 reps. Before his injury, Demps said he took "a lot more than that."
Against the Bulldogs, Demps carried the ball nine times for 38 yards and one touchdown. He also had a catch-and-run that went for 40 yards. However, five of his carries and his 40-yard reception came in the first half. Demps said it's harder for him to go in the second half because his foot gets stiff while he's idle in the locker room during the break.
"After a while it starts to warm up, but it's not the same as the first half," he said.
Demps will use an exercise bike at halftime to stay loose, something he did in high school to fight cramps.
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was shown by Florida sports cable network Sun Sports giving the "choke" sign to kicker Chas Henry before his 37-yard, game-winning field goal.
Meyer said Monday he heard about the gesture, but didn't see it or want to be shown a picture of it. Quarterback John Brantley said he didn't see it either.
Meyer said junior defensive lineman Jaye Howard and freshman wide receiver Andre Debose are progressing through ankle injuries that kept them out against Georgia.
The news wasn't so good for Florida's opponent Vanderbilt (2-6, 1-4 SEC), which will lose running back Warren Norman for the season after he undergoes surgery on his dislocated right wrist Tuesday.
"I feel really bad for Warren and I know he is just as disappointed," Vandy coach Robbie Caldwell said. "Warren was having another outstanding season for our football team and was one of our most productive players."
Norman led Vandy with 77 carries for 459 yards and four touchdowns and averaged 25.4 yards on 22 returns.
After losing a bet with freshman quarterback Trey Burton over the Miami Heat's 96-70 win over the Orlando Magic last Friday, senior safety Ahmad Black was forced to shut down his Twitter account from Monday to Friday.
"I can guarantee you I'll have something to say to him every single day from Monday through Friday and he can't respond," said Burton, who guarantees more bets between the two this season.
Burton had Black delete the Twitter application off his phone.
Special game ball
Meyer presented a game ball from Saturday's victory to Gainesville Sun sports writer Robbie Andreu in honor of his father, Robbie Andreu III, who died on Oct. 21.
Andreu's father, whose 88th birthday would have been Monday, made Florida's freshman team in 1941, then enlisted in the Army Air Corp following the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 of that year. He returned to UF after World War II and earned his law degree in 1949 and was a longtime judge in his hometown of St. Augustine.
Offense — Marcus Gilbert, Jon Halapio, Steve Wilks, Mike Pouncey, Deonte Thompson, Jordan Reed, Carl Johnson, John Brantley. Players of the game — Chris Rainey, Frankie Hammond Jr., Trey Burton.
Defense — Janoris Jenkins, Jelani Jenkins, Duke Lemmens, Justin Trattou, Ahmad Black. Player of the game — Will Hill.