The award, presented by Muscle Milk®, recognizes collegiate, professional and tactical athletes whose athletic accomplishments, in the opinion of the sports dietitian on staff at their school, team or institution, reflect dedication to sports nutrition. Other criteria included for consideration was the athlete’s academic achievements, personal accomplishments and personal integrity as a school-based athlete.
Jeff Demps is a five-time NCAA Champion (2010, 2011, 2012 Indoor 60 Meters; 2010 Outdoor 100 Meters, 2010 Outdoor 4x100-Meter Relay) in track and field and was a member of all three of the Gators’ NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship squads. Demps is the only Gator athlete in history to win a national championship in two different sports. On the gridiron, Demps saw action in 51 games, starting 27 contests throughout his career. The Winter Garden, Fla. native is eighth all-time at UF with 2,470 yards rushing on 367 carries and 23 rushing touchdowns.
Demps owns the fastest times in the NCAA both indoors and outdoors this season, as he ran a new personal best of 6.52 in the preliminaries of the men’s 60 meters at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. Outdoors, the senior sprinter ran 10.01 (+2.9) at the 2012 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in March.
His dedication to both of his teams, as well as his commitment to nutrition and wellness, earned Demps the title of CPSDA Muscle Milk® Athlete of the Year. Demps will receive a plaque and will earn the honor to choose either a school or charitable organization to which he may award a $1,000 donation.