Watch For Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps to Have Breakout 2011 Seasons

The good news about these guys is that nobody can catch them in a footrace.

The bad news is that they’re seniors.

These guys can run like hell but nobody really knew it last year because of our best buddy, Steve Addazio. Watch the way these guys can fly. If you notice detail, then why don’t you guess where most of their biggest plays (against SEC teams, FSU, and bowl games) were? You guessed it. 2008. With Dan Mullen calling the plays.

Of course, Charlie Weis’s new system will be completely new, but the speed will remain. A lot of other guys could break out, too, like Chris Dunkley, Omarious Hines, Frankie Hammond, Andre Debose, etc. (Speaking of Debose, it’s unbelievable how Addazio never used him. I think that he thought that Debose was a wizard, not a football player. That’s because every time he touches the ball, something magical happens, but I digress.) Anyway, if Debose gets involved the way he should, then Demps and Rainey are freed up because suddenly they’re not the only threats on offense. So if they will succeed, I’ll bet Debose, along with Mike Gillislee, will be tearing up the field too.

Here are their strengths and weaknesses in a nutshell: Both can fly, but there are some differences between them. Demps can shake off hits at a rate far more than his size would suggest, and can block pretty well also. It’s just that he doesn’t know exactly where to block- of course, that could have had to do with Addazio. Rainey, on the other hand, can break tackles as well as anybody, but his blocking is behind Demps’ and he has slightly better hands in the receiving game. Both, however, can catch reasonably well.

So these guys will be utilized with more than just running. Coach Weis gets pissed off when backs whiff on blocks, which was a big issue last year when Mike Gillislee moved left to block a gust of wind and Kelvin Sheppard came in untouched for an easy sack. So look for them to be involved in blitz pickups, too.

Basically, these guys can do it all. If Charlie Weis uses them right, they will. To finish this post, I want to touch on one more thing: how this affects Brantley. As Ryan mentioned, Brantley’s confidence is badly shaken and needs a big boost early in the season. He needs to regain leadership, but in order to do that, he’s got to have something go right for Florida. He needs a big confidence booster for the Gators as a team.

What better can you think of than Demps or Rainey breaking a big one to start their senior season?

40 thoughts on “Watch For Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps to Have Breakout 2011 Seasons

  1. I agree that they are incredible athletes. I haven’t seen anyone as fast as them since Forrest Gump, but I don’t know with their size if they are pro style running backs. I hope I am wrong and they alternate at HB and are a better duo than Ingram and Richardson at Alabama.

  2. They probably won’t be full time running backs. I see Weis using them like he used McCluster. Demps and Rainey will both break out this year, simply because they won’t be running the dive play every play. The Debose wizard statement was too funny I damn near lost a lung laughing.

  3. They probably won’t be full time running backs. I see Weis using them like he used McCluster. Demps and Rainey will both break out this year, simply because they won’t be running the dive play every play. The Debose wizard statement was too funny I damn near lost a lung laughing.

  4. “The good news about these guys is that nobody can catch them in a footrace.”

    I keep hearing about this great speed Rainey has, yet he constantly gets tackled from behind.

  5. That’s because he’s waiting for blocks that never come. He’s going to have to learn when to say, screw the blocking, time for me to make a play on my own. The long runs against the Citadel and FSU in 2009 were prime examples of that. The long run in 2008 against FSU, he tore his ACL during the run and left the game, that’s why he fell.

  6. @ T
    I do know what you mean he will get run down lol. I think he slows down because he assumes he’s gone and before he knows it its too late. Weis won’t go for that bull watch for him to take a few more all the way this year.

  7. It’s commonly accepted football terminology that when one says “run down from behind” all parties reading/listening understand it is referring to someone who’s already borken into the open ergo my referencing breakaway speed and run down from behind

  8. meh, I’ve rarely seen his speed change. he doesn’t seem to have an extra gear.

    Meanwhile, Demps has zero jiggle and wiggle to him.

    If you could combine Demps’ and Rainey’s strengths, we’d have something.

  9. Percy also got run down from behind a number of times. He never really had that high of a “top end” either, he just had the quickest acceleration of anyone I’ve ever seen.

    I think Rainey is similar. Certainly not nearly as quick with the acceleration as Percy (no one is), but that’s his strength more than top end speed.

  10. I disagree Ryan. Percy had acceleration, the extra gear, the juke, and a freakin rocket up his arse. I watched Percy in person at least a dozen times break tackles, juke the linebacker, and then outrun the safety to the end zone without having to take a angle. PERCY WAS SPECIAL

  11. A different kind of run down from behind.

    Percy got run down from behind on sweeps weaving through the traffic.

    Percy got clipped at the ankles from the side a lot.

    And Percy got “run down” when he slowed down to make a catch on a deep ball.

    Percy also was being run down by DBS who were playing a 2 deep to guard against he and Murphy and who took angles on him.

    Rainey’s being run down are cases where he’s run down by LBs or dbs who he had a huge lead on.

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