Two Gators Named to The Bowerman Preseason Watchlist

By: UF Sports Communications
By: UF Sports Communications

Gainesville, FL - Florida track and field’s Jeff Demps (Winter
Garden, Fla.) and Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Ga.) are two of 10
athletes named to the preseason watch list for The Bowerman, track and field’s highest honor, as announced Wednesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Transfer Will Claye
(Phoenix, Ariz.) is on the list of athletes also receiving mention for
The Bowerman.

Demps claimed the indoor 60-meter and outdoor 100-meter crowns in 2010, becoming just the 12th person in NCAA men’s Division I history to
accomplish the short-sprint sweep. He won the 100-meter final in a
slightly wind-aided 9.96 in June and set a new Florida record by
clocking a 6.56 in the 60-meter national preliminaries last March. He
added a national championship in anchoring the Gators’ 4x100-meter
relay squad.

Taylor won the NCAA indoor-oudoor double in the triple jump in 2010,
becoming the first to accomplish the feat since LSU’s Walter Davis in
2001 and 2002. The indoor crown was his second consecutive entering his junior season. Taylor swept the SEC triple jump crowns in 2010, with the indoor title being a second consecutive such honor. Taylor was the NCAA Indoor runner-up in the long jump and was the USATF outdoor runner-up in the triple jump. He also is a member of Florida’s 4x400m relay team.

Florida opens its 2011 season on Saturday when it travels to University
Park, Pa., to participate in the Nittany Lion Challenge. Events begin at
11 a.m. ET.

2011 THE BOWERMAN MEN’S PRESEASON WATCHLIST
Name Event Year School
Jeshua Anderson Hurdles Sr. Washington State
Robby Andrews Distance So. Virginia
Sam Chelanga Distance Sr. Liberty
Charles Clark Sprints Sr. Florida State
Jeff Demps Sprints So./Jr. Florida
German Fernandez Distance Jr./So. Oklahoma State
Mason Finley Throws So. Kansas
Walter Henning Throws Sr. LSU
Kirani James Sprints So. Alabama
Christian Taylor Jumps Jr. Florida

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION
Name Event Year School
Will Claye Jumps Jr. Florida
Derek Drouin Jumps Jr. Indiana
Leford Green Sprints Jr. Johnson C. Smith
Torrin Lawrence Sprints Jr. Georgia
Josh Scott Sprints Sr. St. Augustine’s
Dorian Ulrey Distance Sr. Arkansas


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