Lil’Jordan Humphrey defying even his own expectations


AUSTIN (KXAN) — When asked about what Lil’Jordan Humphrey means to the Longhorns, head coach Tom Herman didn’t mince his words.

“He’s our best player,” Herman said. “I don’t think anybody would blink or anybody on that offense think any differently. But he’s just so versatile and he’s so aggressive.”

Those comments came after another impressive performance from the junior on Saturday — pulling down seven catches for 86 yards and one touchdown in the win over Iowa State.

The success he’s had this season, though, is a bit of a surprise to Humphrey. For starters, he didn’t know how well his skills as a high school running back at Southlake Carroll would transfer to a receiver at Texas. Plus, he felt like he could get lost in a crowded recruiting class that included Collin Johnson, who is also having a standout season this year.

“Not knowing what you’re gonna do as a receiver, and being such a high-powered receiver class and having receivers in front of you, [I] didn’t think I was really gonna see the field as much,” Humphrey said. “But I got the opportunity and just made the best of it.”

Through just 11 games, he is now just the eighth player in school history to have over 1,000 yards receiving in a single season.

“He’s a big playmaker for the offense and helps the offense go for sure,” Johnson said. “He’s fully taken advantage of the opportunity he’s been given. I’m extremely proud of him as his teammate.”

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