Surprise showing

CLEMSON - At this time a year ago, Adam Humphries was putting the finishing touches on an impressive performance in preseason camp.

The other wide receiver from Dorman High School surprised just about everybody when he was able to avoid a redshirt during his first season at Clemson.

Humphries finished last year with 15 catches for 130 yards and a pair of rushes for seven yards. He played 258 snaps over the 14-game season, two of which he started.

"Just looking back a year, it is surprising to see where I am now, from where I was a year ago," he said. "It all happened so fast."

Over the course of the last 12 months, he's been able to prove a lot of people wrong.

"Really, all it comes down to is hard work and just being determined to go out there and prove myself to the fans who said I couldn't do it," Humphries said. "It's just fun to be out there on the field contributing, which some people thought I couldn't. It's exciting."

The two-game suspension of Sammy Watkins has cleared a path for playing time at the 2-receiver position in this season's opener against Auburn.

Humphries and his high school teammate, Charone Peake, will team up to help fill that void.

"I'll watch [Watkins], take notes of what he does and try to bring the same to the field," Humphries said.

He added, "I'm not going to bring what Sammy Watkins brings. I'm going to bring what Adam Humphries brings."

The 5-foot-11, 191-pound sophomore arrived to Clemson last season at 175 pounds.

"I can just tell from my body. I feel like I've gotten stronger. I feel like I've gotten faster," Humphries said. "It all comes from Joey Batson in the weight room just pushing us to the limit, working us out hard and pushing us every day."

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