Florida Gators junior star running back Jeff Demps, also known as the fastest player in the country, has recently chose not to compete in the USA track & field championships and go straight into football.
UF spokesman Sean Cartell states that Demps is going through conditioning to get him ready for the upcoming football season and is attending classes instead.
In early June, Demps brought home the NCAA title for the 100 meters with an amazing time of 9.96. But that time will not count as Demps career best because of the extra 2.5 MPH wind that was behind him, but it didn’t matter anyways because he still came out on top with the fastest time. Along with the 100 meter, he also won the 60 meter title back in March.
During the SEC championships this year, Demps met with his official fastest time 10.06 in the 100, which was tied for fifth for the fastest time by an American male. But his career best is a 10.01, when he was attending South Lake High as only a junior.
The qualifying for the men’s 100 begins today. I bet Jeff is going to miss it but he shows that he has passion for the game of football.
He already missed spring practice for track and now he thinks it is time for him to be settled in for football because the summer conditioning and the work he needs to put out before the season is very important.
Here is a list of the other Gators who will be attending the championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Men’s 400m Dash (First Round) – 7:35 p.m. ET
FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010
Women’s Junior 400m Dash (First Round) – 1:35 p.m. ET
Men’s Junior Triple Jump – 2:20 p.m. ET
Women’s Junior 400m Hurdles (First Round) – 2:50 p.m. ET
Men’s Triple Jump – 7 p.m. ET
(Info gathered by Andrea Adelson of the Orlando Sentinel.)