Lil'Jordan Humphrey (4) carries the ball in the first half during a 6A Division II Region 1 Bi-Distrct high school football playoff game between Cedar Hill and Southlake Carroll at Dragon Stadium in Southlake, Texas Friday November 13, 2015. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

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Lil’Jordan Humphrey now at running back, maybe some defense, too?

Southlake Carroll standout moved from receiver to bolster numbers, but coaches can't rule out any position

Posted October 11th, 2016

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Freshman Lil’Jordan Humphrey did practically everything at Southlake Carroll, so why should anyone pigeonhole him at Texas?

The 6-foot-4, 222-pound athletic freak has been working at receiver so far this season. But Humphrey has shifted over to running back for the time being to pad the overall backfield numbers.

Running backs Chris Warren III and Kirk Johnson are both out with injuries, and there are plenty of other receivers catching passes.

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UT running backs coach Anthony Johnson said he can’t rule out trying Humphrey on defense. The Texas coaching staff has discussed playing Humphrey at the fox defensive end position, maybe even safety.

“He’s just a big, athletic, fast guy and he’s better on the football field than over on the sideline with us,” Johnson said.

For now, Humphrey will stick with the running backs. He rushed for 1,292 yards and scored 14 touchdowns as a senior at Carroll. Humphrey went through pre-game warmups against Oklahoma with the running backs and even came out for one play before a timeout.

“That’s something that we’ll definitely mess with and see how it works out,” offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert said. “He sees holes well, he sees schemes well. He’s a young guy. We’re going to continue to rep him and see exactly what fits him and what he’s good with.”

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

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