By Lorzone Lo
Arkansas Media Relations
Arkansas football fans know of the talent lining up at wide receiver for the Razorbacks. Fans should get used to it with freshman Maudrecus Humphrey in the mix for UA. Humphrey, a native of Hoover, Ala., has made an impact for the Razorbacks on special teams in 2010.
Humphrey was listed as the No. 85 wide receiver nationally by Rivals and No. 34 in the state of Alabama. He was selected to play in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star game for his senior season efforts. In 2009, he made 67 catches for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Humphrey also competed on the track team.
Humphrey was also recruited by Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska and West Virginia. He is the son of Bobby and Barbara Humphrey. His father played running back for Alabama and in the NFL. He was born Jan. 6, 1992.
Q: How has your experience been so far on the field as a freshman and has anything surprised you so far from playing in college?
A: You don’t actually know how fast the SEC is until you actually play in it. That was kind of a little shell shocker, but I got used to it the more I got in it. It’s fun playing as a freshman; not a lot of people get to. They usually play as a sophomore or junior so I feel pretty good about it.
Q: With your dad’s experience in the NFL, has he told you anything to help you prepare mentally and physically to play college football?
A: He’s like my personal coach. He knows the process. He knows how it goes, so you just have to listen to him. It’s easier for me to take it from looking at it as a coach to player standpoint.
Q: After your dad played for Alabama and you played for Hoover High School, a powerhouse in the state of Alabama, what were some things that helped make your decision to come to the University of Arkansas?
A: It’s the system. I looked at Arkansas last year when I started looking at schools, and I watched the offense, and I felt like the transition wouldn’t be as hard from high school to college because we have similar offenses. It’s been a pretty good transition for me.
Q: What are some things outside of football that you enjoy doing?
A: Just hanging out. Just living the college life and chilling with my friends. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Q: You’ve come into a situation where you have guys like Joe Adams, Greg Childs, Jarius Wright, and Cobi Hamilton to learn from. How have they impacted your play on the field since you’ve been here?
A: They just tell us to watch, because with things they do, it works. So if you watch what they do, learn what they do; then you’re going to learn. That’s how you get open, that’s how you catch the ball and how you run. It’s just great watching the older guys. They’ve been through it for three years. We all just look up to them, and watch what they do and try to learn from it.
Q: What do you enjoy about Arkansas’ campus and the town of Fayetteville?
A: We all walk around campus every now and then to get something to eat. Just hanging out around campus and the Union; it’s good stuff.
Q: You used to play running back when you were younger, is there anything you miss about playing that position, or has playing wide receiver helped you forget about it?
A: I can’t say I forgot about it. I think about it because I was a tall running back when I was younger. I was like 5’10’’ in the sixth grade. I loved playing running back.
Q: Your dad had to be pretty fast to play running back and your mom ran track. Who do you think you ultimately get your speed from?
A: I get asked this question a lot. I would have to say my mom. She ran 53 seconds in the 400 meters, and that is no joke. I’d say my mom for sure.