TWO BITS: Haden declares, Demps’ recovery

By Adam Silverstein
January 3, 2010

1 » In news that should be no surprise to anyone, Florida Gators junior cornerback Joe Haden has declared himself eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. UF’s cornerback of the decade (as named by OGGOA), Haden grades out as a consensus first-round pick who is likely to be taken as one of the top 15 players overall and perhaps even in the top 10. Among others, Haden held top collegiate wide receivers A.J. Green (Georgia), Julio Jones (Alabama) and Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati) in check this season. “This was a tough decision, and I spent a lot of time with my family talking about it,” Haden said. “I’m so proud that I had the chance to be a Gator. It’s been one of the best experiences of my life. Coach [Urban] Meyer and Coach [Vance] Bedford have helped me in so many ways. I’ll always be thankful to them for everything, and I know I’ll never forget the fans in Gator Nation.” Though one Haden is leaving Gainesville, FL, another has just arrived – literally. Four-star defensive back commit Jordan Haden, Joe’s brother, has moved into his dorm for the spring semester and will try to follow his brother’s lead. Joe Haden was the first true freshman to ever start at CB for Florida and started all 40 games of his career.

2 » Sophomore running back Jeff Demps, who dislocated his elbow during the 2010 Sugar Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats, should only be out 5-6 weeks according to Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel. This limited time out of action would allow Demps to participate in UF track & field, something he normally does in the offseason.


  1. Daniel M. says:

    Parsons drills a 70 foot 3-pointer with an expired clock to defeat NC State in OT 62-61. NOTHIN BUT NET!


  2. Brittany says:

    Not shocked that Joe is declaring, he is a beast. I can’t wait to see him in the NFL. And I’m glad to hear that Demps should be able to compete in track and field, that injury looked nasty. Good to hear that it’s nothing too serious.

  3. Gatorfan33 says:

    If Jordan proves to be anywhere near as good as his brother Joe we will be very lucky.

  4. movers says:

    Glad to hear Demps will be ok that was painful to watch. It really didn’t look like anything wild happened just put his hand down and his arm went the wrong direction. I hate when they show those imageas over and over during the game…it’s like ok we got it move on.

  5. ReptilesRule says:

    Best to Joe, he has been a GREAT Gator and deserves all the best. I don’t mind seeing guys go when they are sure fire 1st or 2nd rounders like Joe, but some of our guys have NO business even thinking about the NFL at this point in their careers. Very glad to have another Haden on board and if he has the same work ethic and willing to be coached as Joe had, he will be a very successful Gator too. Was VERY happy to hear that Jeff Demps had no broken bones and would heal quickly, he will be a major part of our success next year!! AND how about Chandler Parsons!!! He’s come a long way from last season with his play this season so he deserves a bit of good fortune!!!

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