Florida's Demps chooses track over football

Florida's Demps chooses track over football

Published Jan. 12, 2012 2:24 p.m. ET

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida running back Jeff Demps is giving up his football career to focus on track and the 2012 Olympics.

Demps wants to vie for a spot on the U.S. track and field team. So he won't attend any college football all-star games or take part in any NFL draft workouts.

The senior started training with Florida's track team this week and hopes to return to competition at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet next month.

Demps finished his career with 2,470 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. He also was a dangerous kickoff returner, averaging 28.8 yards a return in his career.

On the track, Demps is a four-time national champion. He showed Olympic potential when he set a 100-meter junior world record (10.01 seconds) at the 2008 Olympic Trials.