You don't get through most college football rosters without running into a handful of freaks. The sport is the ultimate freak show.
It's not creepy, carnival freaky, but it is scary, athletic freaky.
On Wednesday, ESPN The Magazine senior writer Bruce Feldman came out with his 2011 college football freaks list. To no one's surprise, the SEC has two representatives and both of them are at the top of his list.
Leading the way is Florida running back Jeff Demps. Demps might not look imposing at 5-foot-8, 190 pounds, but it's unlikely you will find anyone in college sports -- let alone college football -- who's faster than him.
Demps ran the fastest win-aided time in the world this season in the 100-meter dash at 9.96. Before arriving at Florida, Demps shared the world 100-meter junior record with a time of 10.01, which earned him a spot at the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials.
He also is a two-time national champion in the indoor 60-meter dash. This spring, he set a Florida school record with a time of 6.53 in the event.
Here's an excerpt from Feldman's part on Demps:
Demps, who led the Gators in rushing last season with 551 yards despite missing some time due to a foot injury, arrived at Florida weighing 170 pounds, and is expected to play this fall at 188. Gators strength coach Mickey Marotti says the back can squat "an ungodly amount of weight." And despite the added pounds, Demps has gotten faster. "He was a 10.1 guy, is now a 9.9 guy and probably will be a 9.8 guy," said Marotti, who adds that Demps has really improved his acceleration.
Behind Demps is LSU running back Mike Ford. At 5-10 and 202 pounds, Ford benches 435 pounds, squats 555 and power-cleans 352. He's also been clocked running a 4.41 40, has a 42-inch vertical and 11-foot-2 broad jump. Yikes!
Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower and Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter were listed as players who just missed the cut on his list.