FOUR BITS: Demps and track, Driskel, Applewhite

By Adam Silverstein
January 12, 2011

1 » Florida Gators sophomore/junior running back Jeff Demps had a tough go of it in 2010. After carrying the ball a career-high 26 times against the Tennessee Volunteers on Sept. 18, Demps sat out or played sparingly the rest of the season with an injured foot but still led the team in rushes (92) and rushing yards (551). Florida track head coach Mike Holloway, who helped Demps win the 60-meter indoor (6.57 seconds) and 100-meter outdoor (9.96 seconds) National Championships last year, said his star will sit out the first competition and may not run until midseason. “Jeff has never run in the first competition, so our goal with Jeff is we’re going to take it day by day and see how he progresses,’” said Holloway during a press conference Monday. “He’s doing fine right now. Our goal is for him to open up in the middle of the season like he did last year. He’s come off a long football season. He’s human and I’m not just going to throw him out there when he’s not quite prepared for it just yet.”

2 » Though he will likely miss a portion of the season, Demps was named to The Bowerman’s 2011 preseason watch list on Wednesday. Awarded by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), The Bowerman honors the sport’s best overall athlete each year. Joining Demps as a preseason watch list member is Gators junior jumper Christian Taylor. Sophomore jumper Will Claye also received honorable mention from the USTFCCCA.

3 » OGGOA reader Austin Hittel sent in a personal video he made of new Florida five-star 2011 quarterback commitment Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, FL) after watching him play a few games this season. Driskel actually sat down with Austin and helped him film some additional scenes for the short, which is both well-produced and executed nicely. With National Signing Day less than a month away and Driskel already on campus, we figured this is something you, our readers, would be interested in. If you have any thoughts for Austin, leave them in our comments section.

4 » Texas Longhorns co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite, believed to be a candidate for the Gators’ offensive coordinator position immediately after Will Muschamp was hired as the team’s new head coach, said on Monday that leaving the Longhorns was never a consideration for him. “People called, but I wasn’t interested in anything,” he told The Dallas Morning News. “I’m going to be here. This is my university. I want to help get this fixed.”

19 Comments

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    @Adam : got an extra “s” here : open up in the middle of the season like “s”he did last year.

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    I’m really glad things didn’t “work out” for him at Florida. Not sure Texas think’s too much of him as they hired Harsin to help run the offense and didn’t feel comfortable giving him the reigns. My guess is his co-promotion was only done to make him feel warm and fuzzy and not jump ship.

  3. GatorGreat says:

    Love the Driskel Video, really excited about this kid and glad he’s on campus. Great Job!

  4. Matt says:

    That video should be sent to every WR and OL we want. Looks like Fun n Gun plus some run is back!!!

  5. GatorCooken says:

    Going to be great no matter what offense he runs, but you gotta admit, in Urban’s Spread…. would have been unbelievable. Luckily he’s got 4 years of one of the best OC’s in the game today, Driskel= Future of Gator QB.

  6. Gatorbuc15 says:

    I always love watching videos of Driskel. He’s a very accurate passer and when he pulls it down to run he’s like a tank!

  7. Scooterp says:

    Yeah GatorCooken, I’ve thought that many times – if he were here a year earlier in the Meyer spread – Wow! Though Addazio would have found someway to screw him up.

  8. uf_84 says:

    Great job on the video Austin. Gotta agree with GatorCooken, he would be a great spread QB with that speed, but he also seemed to have a strong arm and quick release. Even in a pro style offence he should be pretty good. Looking forward to finding out.

  9. JvilleJohnny says:

    excellent video. I hope Weis and Muschamp uses Driskel the right way, he has to be able to use his scrambling instincts. If they try to make him a pocket passer it’s not gonna work. Like how Addazio tried to make Brantley into a spread QB…not happenin.

  10. SC Gator says:

    Yes and no. I see him, under Weis, as being sort of Tebowish but NOT Tebow as he was in college and more Tebow has he’s been in the NFL. He’ll still move and scramble and if a hole is there or a busted play sets things up he’ll take off and run but most of his scrambling will be more to buy time for his passing then because he’ll do both passing and running in equal measure.

  11. Mr2Bits says:

    Guys, the spread is dead and thank God as we don’t have the personnel in place to even run it. You will see Driskel being used much like Colt McCoy. Pass first and only run if thats not an option. There will be some designed option plays but very few as your QB takes a beating. When you develop a run first QB very few people can last a full season. Driskel will be a perfect fit as his arms are better than his legs. What makes him gritty is his ability to avoid pressure and make a play down field. Pass first is what will make him great at UF and even better in the NFL!

  12. Swift_Tech says:

    Would have loved to see him in the Mullen spread, not the addazio spread.

  13. Beep says:

    Looking back now, I highly doubt that Applewhite was ever a serious consideration, at least not for OC. Considering the criticisms about Muschamp’s lack of head coaching experience, coupled with the actual decisions he made on offensive and defensive coordinators, it just doesn’t make sense that he would have ever wanted Applewhite as OC. He picked two NFL guys, and made a big deal about wanting someone with both college and NFL coaching experience, so it doesn’t seem likely that he ever would have chosen someone with Applewhite’s relatively sparse resume.

  14. Graydon says:

    Tremendous job on the Driskel video Ausitn! Can’t wait to see how he develops under Weiss! Always makes the transition to a new coach easier knowing you have already have your future QB on campus that will work with his system. Time for Charlie to to get him some big receivers that can make plays down-field.

  15. bigMEECH says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDEUxTS5XS0&feature=related “Orange and blue” Florida Gators remix of wiz khalifa’s “Black and Yellow”

  16. Gatorgrad79 says:

    So long JB…

  17. Charles says:

    I never saw why Applewhite would leave Texas, his school, to take a position he wasn’t ready for and that he will most likely have at his school as long as Mack Brown is HC. The mere fact that he is co-offensive coordinator is a positive sign, the guy is too young and inexperienced in designing and running a top notch offense in college football, much less the SEC, where defenses will SILENCE! … Kill You!

  18. gatorgrad79 says:

    HaHa Charles, love the Jeff Dunham reference…. ( have seen him several times – funnier in person – wish he did sports humor!!)

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