Humphries realizes NFL dream

By BRIAN WHITMORE Sports Editor - Union Daily Times

 D.J. Humphries has signed a free agent contract with with the National Football Leagues Baltimore Ravens. This is a real good opportunity, with (Baltimore) in the rebuilding stages, with not many receivers, it's a real good chance for me to go in and make the team, said Humphries. Baltimore offered Humphries a free agent contract on Sunday, after the final round of the NFL draft ended.

Humphries quickly signed with the Ravens. He doesn't know the particulars of the contract, as paperwork is still being processed. Humphries will report to a mini-camp in Baltimore this weekend. Passing camps will follow in May and June and training camp will be held in July. Baltimore would likely make a decision on Humphries at the training camp. A 1997 graduate of Union High School, Humphries will graduate in May from Presbyterian College.

The standout widereceiver for the Blue Hose led the SAC in receptions per game (8.64) and receiving yards per game (121.6) and set two program single-season marks this season for receptions (95) and receiving yards (1,340), while scoring 14 touchdowns. Humphries finished third in NCAA Division II receptions per game and fourth in receiving yards per game his senior season. He tallied the top two single-game receiving performances in NCAA Division II his senior season with 275 yards versus West Georgia and 244 yards versus Tusculum College.

He also won numerous awards and selections to All-American teams. His heroics attracted the attention of several NFL teams. The Ravens were among several teams that sent scouts to watch Humphries and Presbyterian quarterback Todd Cunningham, the man at the other end of all those receptions, who has set many records and garnered many awards himself. Humphries, a standout basketball player for Presbyterian, scored 1,263 points and had 792 rebounds, fourth in SAC history, on the court.

But two years ago, he decided he wanted to compete in the next level in football, not basketball. An amazing senior season helped Humphries realize his dream. File Yellow Jacket becomes Raven Union's D.J. Humphries has signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens.


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