He resisted at first when his coach at Mallard Creek High in Charlotte, N.C., Mike Palmieri, told Gators sophomore D.J. Humphries that he planned to move Humphries from the defensive line to left tackle.
Humphries’ unique blend of size and speed and agility was different than anyone on the team, or for that matter, anyone on the Mavericks’ schedule. At 6-foot-5 and close to 250 pounds, Humphries was the kind of athlete capable of making spin moves on the basketball court and running crisp pass routes at football practice.
“I always thought I was going to be a tight end,” Humphries said. “Ever since I’ve been playing football, I’ve always run routes and done cone drills and all the drills [you do as a tight end]. I’ve been doing them since I was 9 or 10.”
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