University of Florida running back Jeff Demps will forgo the NFL Draft and instead focus on a professional track and field career, according to GatorZone.com. Demps will run for Florida in the spring before turning pro.
“Once I got done with the Gator Bowl, I kind of already had my mind made up, it was just when was I going to tell everyone,’’ Demps told the website. “I enjoy track and it’s something I love to do. When I’m out here, I’m enjoying myself and having fun with the guys. I wanted to come back and run. It’s somewhat of an individual sport, but it’s also a team sport. You win championships as a team.”
Demps finished his career as the eighth leading rusher in Florida history. He tallied 2,470 yards and 23 touchdowns and was a member of the 2008 national championship team. Demps' football achievements never took his attention from his Olympic goals.