JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Florida arrived at the Gator Bowl without running back Jeff Demps and still searching for two key positions on coach Will Muschamp's staff.
Demps missed the team's first practice at Jacksonville University to attend to a personal matter, Muschamp said, and is expected to join the Gators on Wednesday. Receiver Deonte Thompson missed practice because of an illness.
Muschamp also denied reports that he has hired Jeff Dillman to be the team's strength and conditioning coordinator. Muschamp and Dillman worked together at LSU in 2003 and 2004. Dillman is currently the head of physical conditioning at the IMG Performance Institute in Bradenton, a position he has held since 2009.
Muschamp says he hasn't offered the job to anyone, adding that the same goes for the offensive coordinator position.