When it comes to Florida's offense, there has been a fair share of doubting and criticism so far in the 2010 season. But thanks to the play of speedy running back Jeff Demps and the recent emergence of freshman Trey Burton as a multi-talented scoring threat, the Gators look prepared to make a run at another SEC Championship.
They face their greatest challenge yet on Saturday, traveling to take on the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide under the lights in Bryant-Denny Stadium. With the match up just five days away, all sights around Gainesville are on Demps, who is healing a bruised foot and walking in a protective boot. Still, Gators head coach Urban Meyer believes he will be available on Saturday.
Coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Demps was still wearing a protective boot on his left foot. Demps bruised his foot Sept. 18 at Tennessee and re-injured it during Saturday's 48-14 win against Kentucky. Meyer said tests showed no ligament damage or broken bones.
"I'm hearing positive things about later in the week," Meyer said. "He actually had an X-ray and a scan on his foot. It's a sprained foot. It's not broken, there's not a stress fracture. I took a deep breath on the sideline when they said we're going to go take him to get a scan. But it came back negative. Now it's just we've got to get him healthy."
"I think we are going to have Demps (against Alabama)," Meyer said.
Demps leads the team with 367 yards rushing, is an important target catching the ball out of the backfield, and returns kicks for the Gators. His speed and agility makes him a home-run threat anytime the ball is in his hands. Having him on the field will draw attention from the Alabama defense, easing up the pressure on quarterback John Brantley.
Brantley will also likely pass off more snaps Burton, who exploded against Kentucky for six touchdowns on Saturday. Running out of the same Gator Heavy package that made Tebow a household name, Burton ran the ball five times for five touchdowns and added a touchdown reception to cap a breakout game for the freshman from Venice, FL.