"I have heard it a lot," Humphries said. "It's an honor to be compared to him, because the Steelers won't let him go."
Humphries was a jack of all trades at Dorman High School. During his career, he played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, cornerback and safety, plus returned kicks and punts.
As a senior, he finished with 17 receptions for 329 yards and four touchdowns, and 34 carries for 178 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had seven kickoff returns for 155 yards, 32 tackles, nine pass breakups, and three interceptions.
With the class of 2011 signings of more highly touted prospects like Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant and high school teammate Charone Peake, Humphries assumed he would watch from the sidelines with a redshirt this fall.
But his preseason camp performance was too good to ignore. Humphries has since been elevated to the backup spot at the 2-position, behind Watkins.
"Out there on the field, I knew I was more than likely going to redshirt. I just went out there and gave it my best," Humphries said. "I guess the coaches were impressed."
Just two dropped passes through the duration of preseason camp helped make him too valuable to leave off the field.
"Out there on the field, I knew I was more than likely going to redshirt. I just went out there and gave it my best," Humphries said. "I guess the coaches were impressed." (Roy Philpott)
The effort was good enough for Humphries to start in Saturday's season opener against Troy. That too was a surprise for the 6-foot, 190-pound freshman.
"We'd been going over the first nine plays in practice. I knew the plays I might get in on," Humphries said. "[Chad Morris] was like, 'Adam, you're out there.' I was just like, alright, I'll start."
In 13 snaps, Humphries recorded one catch for seven yards -- not bad for a guy who once assumed that he'd have to wait a year before making that first reception.
"I've been coming to these games since I was a kid. When I was on Tiger Walk, it was crazy thinking that I was coming to these games as a fan, looking up to these players," he said. "Now I'm a player and get to run down the hill. It was amazing."