1 » Former Florida Gators running back Jeff Demps is active on an NFL regular season roster for the first time in his career as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to bring him aboard on Monday, the cut-off date established by the league for Demps’s roster exemption. Demps was traded by the New England Patriots to Tampa Bay in April but did not put on a helmet until after the preseason concluded as he spent the entire summer and offseason running track. Now officially a member of the Bucs, Demps will likely handle kick return duties and play sparingly on offense. He has not played a snap of meaningful football since Jan. 2, 2012.
2 » Out of work since being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the offseason following an arrest (on a charge that was later dropped), RB Chris Rainey has received a couple of workout opportunities over the last few months. His latest was with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday. According to ProFootballTalk.com, Rainey ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash during the workout, but “the Chiefs have decided that they currently don’t have a spot for him.”
“Ran a 4.29 in the 40 and kill the workout too. Waitin on the Kansas City chiefs to get back at me or Watever team now. God is Good!!!” Rainey tweeted on Monday.
Check out four more Florida Gators news BITS (two videos)…after the break!
3 » Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was honored earlier this month when Chaminade High School in St. Louis, MO, retired his No. 23. He told the Washington Post that the recognition was “probably the greatest moment of my life” and a “tremendous” and “very emotional” experience because he was just playing at the school a couple of years ago. Now fully healed from a stress injury in his right fibula that caused him to miss the conclusion of the season and most of the offseason, Beal told the paper he is healthy and raring to get going. “Everything has been good. My game has been improving. [I’m] putting the ball on the floor a lot more and my confidence is still sky high,” he said. “I’m ready for this year and I couldn’t be more excited with the team that we have.”
4 » South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier sat down and watched some college football during his team’s bye week. Of course, one of the games he tuned in to see was Florida-Tennessee, and he came away impressed by the performance of redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy. “I didn’t even know who the second-team quarterback was down there; I don’t think anybody knew too much,” Spurrier said on an open weekly teleconference, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “And then we find out this kid’s been there
five [four] years paying his dues, doing whatever they ask him to do, so it was really sort of a warm-heart feeling when a young man who has been there five [four] years gets a chance to go in there and plays very well.” Spurrier continued: “He was impressive. Played well, handled the ball, ran a little here, threw a little there, really played well to help the Gators beat Tennessee. I just wanted to say that he was the most impressive guy in college football [Saturday].”
5 » Former UF golfer Billy Horschel has had a great year on the PGA Tour and currently stands at 16th in the FedEx Cup. Though he finished T-18 at the BMW Championship from Sept. 12-16, he did earn $104,320 and came away with this beautiful highlight, an eagle on the 16th hole during the second round of the event. He took home $264,000 the next week by finishing T-7 at the TOUR Championship.
6 » Florida senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley is building a ton of momentum heading into the 2014 NFL Draft with his play over the first three games of the season. ESPN Scouts Inc.‘s Kevin Weidl and Steve Muench broke down Easley’s play through the first two games of the season in the video below.