I’ve made a highlight film of Demps and Rainey together, but that doesn’t mean they’re identical.
All the announcers mention Rainey and Demps together, but that doesn’t mean they’re identical.
They’re both the same size and same age, but that doesn’t mean they’re identical either.
There are lots of difference between them. The thing is, in the spread offense, it wasn’t that easy to tell for anybody outside of a savvy football fan. But next year, the following differences should become obvious to anybody smarter than Steve Addazio.
Here are some things that Demps is better at than Rainey:
There was all that talk about how Rainey and Demps always tied in footraces, or how Demps would win one, and Rainey would win the next one, and so on. Untrue. Rainey has beaten Demps a few times, but he won’t do that too many times. Running straight, Demps is simply faster. That’s not to say Rainey’s slow- but it’s like comparing a Concord jet to a regular jet. Demps has incredible speed, while Rainey is pretty fast.
Whenever Tebow had to go deep, Demps was always the one back to block for him. Rainey always went out. Why? Because Rainey always went for the kill block, the highlight reel shot up high, and often missed. Demps always stayed low and cut his defender down or away from the play.
Better overall running back
Rainey can play more than one position, and like I’ve said before in the two step article, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What it does mean is that Demps will see time as a tailback before Rainey, as Rainey will likely have to play receiver, probably in the slot. Demps is more familiar with the position, knows how to be a running back, and is great at finding a hole and blasting through it. The only problem last year was that Addazio’s blocking schemes were a mess, so Demps had no holes to exploit.
Now here are some things that Rainey does better than Demps:
Rainey is like a light switch; turn him on and he’s ON. No waiting a few seconds for him to hit top speed- he’s there INSTANTLY. That may be why he’s beaten Demps at all- he hits top speed so fast that if you saw him take a handoff and blinked your eyes, he’d already be flying. However, though he certainly is no slug when it comes to running, he’s also no track star like Demps. That’s why he sometimes gets tackled from behind; he doesn’t have the breakaway speed like Demps.
Catching the ball
Or, I should say, he has more experience doing it than Demps. Rainey is the more natural receiver and has pretty good hands, so I would not be surprised if the first deep ball of the year goes to Rainey. We’ve only seen Demps catch a few, and maybe Demps has glue hands, but we just don’t know.
We all heard about Andre Debose being the next Percy Harvin. Honestly, though Rainey has just as good a chance to be the next Percy as Debose. Rainey has nasty juking lateral moves that Demps either does not carry in his repertiore, or does so quickly that human beings cannot follow them with the naked eye. Oh, sure, Demps can break tackles at a rate far more than his size would suggest; just not as often as Rainey.
What to make of this? Well, Demps will almost certainly be the starting tailback come the Florida Atlantic game. As for Rainey, there’s no set position for him, but he’s just too valuable and explosive to keep on the bench. My guess is that he starts in the slot. And here’s a bold prediction: Mack Brown will move to fullback for some packages to allow Demps and Rainey to line up in the backfield together in the POW-ER I.
If you don’t know what the POW-ER I is, remember the 2006 championship game, when there was a fullback and two tailbacks all lines up behind Chris Leak? You know, four guys lined up directly behind each other? Well, that was a pro style formation, albeit a funky one. But I believe that will be back this year to confuse defenses. I also believe there will be some Wildcat with Demps and Rainey and maybe even Debose.
The point of this post is to get you guys to realize two things: One, I’m not just some guy who looks at Florida’s schedule and sees the five losses, sees that our offense sucks and says, Oh, Addazio’s a moron and just blasts him without thinking that there’s anything else to football aside from the offensive coordinator. As much fun as blasting Addazio is, there’s more to football than him. I actually do know football, regardless of what thebone says. Two, please don’t mistake Rainey for Demps,or vice versa. They have their differences and you cannot simply insert Demps in the place of Rainey and tell him to do what he’s been doing all game. They’re different players, as you should see with Weis running the show as opposed to Sgt. Slaughter-Your-Own-Team.
By the way, I’m TRYING to get an interview with Demps, to see what he thinks of it. We have a mutual friend and I’ve talked to him about setting up an interview. Again, it’s not definite, but if it does happen, I’m sure you guys would love that, right? An exclusive interview with Demps for inallkindsofweather? Would you guys like that?