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Deion Branch: Jeff Demps is already the fastest guy on the team

08.24.12 at 12:52 pm ET
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He’€™s only been around a few days, but Jeff Demps has already caught the eye of his new teammates. Demps, who was part of the United States silver medal-winning 4×100-meter relay team, has flashed some world-class speed on the football field.

‘€œTrust me, this guy is a world-class sprinter,’€ said wide receiver Deion Branch, who said he followed Demps’€™ career prior to his Olympic stint. ‘€œThe speed that he’€™s displaying on the football field isn’€™t surprising. It is what it is; he’€™s everything we thought he was.’€

Prior to Demps’€™ arrival, it was believed that wide receiver and special teamer Matthew Slater was the fastest guy on the roster. Slater, who was one of the best sprinters in California as a high schooler, reportedly ran a 4.30 40 as a collegian.

‘€œ[Demps is] the fastest guy on the team but clearly Slater is another fast guy, I mean a very fast guy,’€ Branch said. ‘€œWho knows? I mean if this guy truly probably put a little more emphasis on running track, he would probably be the same.’€

The 22-year-old Demps, who checks in at 5-foot-9 and 181 pounds, had a standout career with the Gators, finishing with 2,470 career rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in four seasons. And after only a few practices, Branch said it’€™s clear that Demps is different than some track guys who feel that they have the speed necessary to give football a try.

‘€œYou have to remember that football speed and track speed are two different speeds,’€ Branch said. ‘€œYou could get a track guy who can run the 40, but he may not run as fast competing and playing on the football field. That’€™s not the same with Demps, though. He runs fast period. But I’€™ve been around the game where I’€™ve seen a bunch of track guys try to play football and it just didn’€™t work out. But this guy naturally is a football player blessed with that speed.’€

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