Demps eyes Olympics, not NFL

Florida's multi-sport standout Jeff Demps gathers himself after running the 100-meter dash during the 2011 Florida Relays held on the Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressley Stadium in April.

Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 1:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 1:49 p.m.

Five-time track and field All-American and four-time NCAA Champion senior sprinter Jeff Demps will compete for the preseason No. 1 Florida track and field program.

Demps is joined by a talented core group of returners, including jumper Omar Craddock, sprinter and 2011 USA 400m Champion Tony McQuay), heptathlete Gray Horn, shot-putter Kemal Mesic and hurdler Eddie Lovett among others.

Demps, who will look for a 2012 Olympic bid to London, hopes to pursue a track and field professional career after his time at Florida and bypass an attempt at the NFL.

The Gators open the season Saturday at the Alabama Invitational in Birmingham, Ala.

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