Humphrey 'a handful' in UL camp, but eligibility uncertain

Tim Buckley
The Daily Advertiser

Former Maryland redshirt quarterback Brayden Hawkins is not the only transfer to UL who is awaiting a ruling from the NCAA on whether or not he will be eligible in 2019.

UL coach Billy Napier said Wednesday that defensive lineman Tayland Humphrey is another.

And a week into preseason camp, the transfer from Florida International is making quite an impression.

The Cajuns added Humphrey in June.

Humphrey, Napier said prior to Wednesday’s sixth camp practice, “has made some noise.”

“He’s a handful,” said Robert Hunt, UL’s starting right tackle.

“He’s just a good player,” Napier added. “He’s a big man, and a guy that with time, I think, will have a role on our team.”

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Preseason camp is underway for the Ragin' Cajuns.

The 6-foot-5, 350-pounder appeared in 12 games for FIU in 2018, including eight starts, and finished the season with 15 total tackles including one sack, 11 of them solo stops.

Highly recruited out of a Kansas junior college, he left the Panthers program earlier this year.

Humphrey, a product of Klein Oak High from the Houston area, joined FIU after appearing in 22 games over two seasons for Hutchinson Community College, where he finished with 62 total tackles – including 12.5 for loss – over the two years combined.

Hawkins redshirted last season at Maryland, and transferred to UL after spending a semester at a Mississippi junior college where he did not play.

Both he and Humphrey, whose cases are separate, would have to sit out this year as transfers and wait until 2020 to play for UL if their waiver appeal to the NCAA is not granted.  

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In his first injury update since camp opened, Napier said safety Blair Brooks is out with a hamstring injury.

He also said three Cajuns are in concussion protocol: nickel back SchDarren Archie, offensive lineman Logan Newell and outside linebacker Ja’Braylon Spencer. All are reserves.

“But outside of those four guys we’re in good shape,” Napier said.

Newell and Spencer are true freshmen, while Archie is a junior-college bounceback who previously redshirted at UL.

Brooks is a redshirt-junior reserve who appeared in 10 games last season.

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Absent from camp so far has been Quintlan Cobb, a defensive lineman from Kaplan High who was one of the prizes of UL’s 2019 recruiting class.

Cobb, however, has been absent from Cajuns camp since it started.  His Twitter bio contains six question marks preceded by the word “Future.”

Napier, however, seemed confident that the signee will join the Cajuns later this month.

“Cobb will join our team when school starts,” Napier said. “He just was not in the 110 roster.”

UL can expand its roster at the start of the week before its Aug. 31 season-opener against Mississippi State in New Orleans.

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Napier said he’s been “pleased” with the “effort and intensity” shown by defensive end/outside linebacker Chauncey Manac early in camp. … Among the true freshmen who’ve turned some heads since camp started: defensive end Kendall Wilkerson, who is from Kentwood High, and quarterback Chandler Fields, a product of Archbishop Rummel High. … After taking Thursday off and practicing again Friday, the Cajuns will hold their first scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday.

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