Florida arrived at the Gator Bowl without running back Jeff Demps and still searching for two key positions on Will Muschamp's coaching staff.
Demps missed the team's first practice Tuesday at Jacksonville University to attend to a personal matter, Muschamp said. Second on the team with 539 yards rushing and a team-high six touchdowns, Demps is expected to join the Gators on Wednesday. Receiver Deonte Thompson missed practice because of an illness.
Center Dan Wenger and linebacker Lerentee McCray were limited in practice. Muschamp expected Wenger (ankle) to play Jan. 2 against Ohio State, but called McCray (shoulder) doubtful.
Muschamp also denied reports by two coaching websites 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.