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A lil’ money: Texas WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey going into NFL draft after breakout 2018

Posted January 8th, 2019

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Lil’Jordan Humphrey is ready to make a lil’ money.

The Texas junior receiver from Southlake Carroll announced Tuesday that he will forgo his final year of eligibility at UT and jump into the NFL draft.

“It has not been an easy decision, but after a lot of thoughts and prayers, I have decided to forgo my senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft,” Humphrey posted in a Twitter message.

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“I’m forever grateful to be a part of a family that was so close together,” he added. “I loved my time at UT. I’m going to represent UT on and off the field as I move forward in my career to take care of my family and all the communities that I can. Hook ’EM Horns for life!!!!”

The news was not that much of a shock to people around the program. Humphrey had been giving off vibes he was leaning toward going pro in the weeks leading up to the Sugar Bowl.

The 6-foot-4 Humphrey is an intriguing prospect for his versatility. UT coach Tom Herman said in September, “This is a guy that’s a Swiss Army knife, right?”

“He can line up as a running back,” Herman said. “He can line up as a quarterback. He can line up as a wing, tight end, if you will. He can line up in the slot. He can line up as outside receiver.”

Texas used him all over the field in 2018. Humphrey caught 86 passes for 1,176 yards and nine touchdowns. He ran six times for 25 yards and threw a 2-yard touchdown pass against Oklahoma.

Humphrey became the first non-UT quarterback since 1982 to with a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same season.

Texas coaches hoped Humphrey would return alongside receiver Collin Johnson, who has already announced he’s coming back to Texas. But Humphrey’s departure will open the door for others like freshmen D’Shawn Jamison and talented incoming freshman Jake Smith, the Gatorade national player of the year.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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