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The Texas 22: Starting at wide receiver — Lil’Jordan Humphrey

He starred as a running back in high school, but the Southlake Carroll product's size, skill set has made him a dangerous threat as a receiver.

Posted August 24th, 2018

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We’re breaking down what we think will be Texas’ starting lineup. We’re doing two a day, one offensive and one defensive player, in alphabetical order on both sides.

Lil’Jordan Humphrey

Junior wide receiver, 6-4, 225

High school: Southlake Carroll

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Signing class: 2016

Career games: 22

Career starts: 6

Career numbers: 39 receptions for 446 yards and 1 touchdown

Who he was — before Texas

Humphrey was a swiss-army knife for Southlake Carroll, excelling all over the field and becoming a two-time all-state selection. He ended his high school career ranked No. 53 on the 2016 Fabulous 55. He was the District 7-6A offensive player of the year as a senior when he finished the season with 1,292 yards rushing and 57 catches for 876 yards. He tallied a total of 22 offensive touchdowns. It was unclear whether Humphrey would become a wide receiver or running back at the college level.

Humphrey was nearly as impressive as a junior. He rushed for 1,828 yards and 29 touchdowns, adding 26 catches for 285 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. He was also a star on the basketball and in the high jump at Southlake Carroll. Humphrey committed to Charlie Strong as a wide receiver after spending his entire career at running back because of his height and jumping ability.

Texas Longhorns wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey (84) celebrates a score with teammate Texas Longhorns offensive lineman Derek Kerstetter (68) in the second quarter against Kansas Jayhawks during the NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, November 11, 2017. (RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Who Humphrey has been here — so far

Humphrey made a minimal impact as a freshman in 2016. He spent most of his time on special teams, finishing the year with just two catches for 15 yards. He morphed into an honorable mention All-Big 12 player as a sophomore after catching 37 passes for 431 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 41 yards and passed for 27, continuing his reputation as a jack-of-all-trades on the football field. He started six of the 12 games he participated in as a sophomore.

Who Texas needs him to be this season

There’s no doubt Humphrey is one of the most intriguing athletes on the entire roster. Tall, athletic, quick step, versatile. This was a do-it-all athlete in high school. Why isn’t he doing it all at Texas? Texas coaches, including the head coach, have asked themselves the same question.

There’s a strong possibility that Humphrey won’t come off the field much this season. He caught 37 passes for 431 yards last season and rushed for 41 yards and scored a touchdown. This is a player who simply needs the ball more. Heck, let him throw it a few times, too.

Filling in the lineup

So far …

THE OFFENSE

QB: Former Westlake star Sam Ehlinger was born to lead the Longhorns

RB —

WR —

WR: He catches, he runs; Lil’Jordan Humphrey gives UT versatility

WR: Jerrod Heard’s journey to wide receiver has been a winding one

TE: Andrew Beck is eager to return from last year’s injury

LT: Calvin Anderson is back where he started (playing football in Austin)

LG —

C —

RG —

RT —

THE DEFENSE

DE: Texas hopes Breckyn Hager can revert to the 2016 version of himself

DT —

DL —

DE —

LB —

LB: Gary Johnson’s favorite destination spot? Wherever the ball is.

LB —

CB: Kris Boyd: Is the former Gilmer star ready to be UT’s alpha corner?

CB: Davante Davis gives Texas experience at the corner spot

NB —

S —

 

 

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