Demps reiterates he'll play

He'll be set for practice Aug. 6

Florida Gators running back Jeff Demps returns a kick against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the second half of the Outback Bowl on on Jan. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

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Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 5:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 5:31 p.m.

Maybe now we can put this rumor to rest. Florida running back Jeff Demps will play football this upcoming season.

“I concentrated on track this past spring and summer and I'm now ready to concentrate on football," the senior running back said on the UF website. "I'm looking forward to getting back together with my football teammates and having a great senior season.''

Demps met with UF coach Will Muschamp on Tuesday.

“As I stated last week in Birmingham, Jeff Demps will be joining our football program when our squad reports for camp on Aug. 5 and when we start practice on Aug. 6,'' Muschamp said. “I met with him today and Jeff is looking forward to focusing on football for his upcoming senior season.''

Demps rushed for a team-high 551 yards in last season despite being hampered by a foot injury most of the season.In three seasons. Demps has rushed for 1,901 yards and averaged 7.1 yards per carry.

“When I came to Florida I wanted to compete at a very high level in both sports and I've done that,'' Demps said. “Football has been my first love but I also love running track. 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."

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