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Speed Counters: Florida's four fastest players

Oklahoman Modified: January 8, 2009 at 12:13 am •  Published: January 8, 2009
Four of Florida’s fastest players and how they could impact the game:

Jeff Demps
The 5-foot-8 freshman halfback has run a 10.01 100 meters, which is believed to be the fastest track time ever run by a football player. Demps has carried 69 times for 582 yards, an 8.4-yard average that ranks fourth nationally. Florida will try to get Demps outside with a pitch or a deep handoff; five of his seven rushing touchdowns have been at least 36 yards.

Chris Rainey
The redshirt freshman halfback runs a 4.24 40-yard dash. He’s Florida’s leading rusher, with 655 yards on 83 carries, a 7.9-yard average. Tebow rarely throws to Rainey, but the Gators have sprung him for runs of 75, 73 and 62 yards this season.

Percy Harvin
Maybe not the fastest Gator, but he’s beaten both Demps and Rainey in races, and Harvin clearly is the most dangerous. The junior hybrid lines up at halfback and receiver. He’s second nationally in yards-per-carry, 8.8, with 538 yards on 61 carries, and has 35 catches for 595 yards. Harvin has 16 touchdowns total. Florida uses him on reverses and sweeps.

Brandon James
Here’s how deep Florida’s speed is. James is an All-American kick returner, with four career punt returns for touchdowns, but he rarely sees the ball on offense, with just 14 rushes and 10 catches this season.



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