Undeniable value

CLEMSON - Defensive coordinator Brent Venables sounds like he wouldn't mind having Adam Humphries all to himself.

Before the Virginia Tech game, Humphries had worked exclusively as a wide receiver during his first season and a half at Clemson.

Injuries to Tigers' cornerback corps pressed him into duty on the defensive side of the ball. The sophomore from Dorman High School logged his first college time at cornerback in last Thursday's win over Wake Forest, during which he played 11 snaps and recorded a pair of tackles.

Venables has been impressed with what he's seen from Humphries on both sides of the ball.

"He's tough," Venables said on Tuesday, when asked what he likes about Humphries' skill set. "He's intelligent, incredibly competitive, very naturally gifted, explosive, fast, super change of direction, very instinctive, great ball skills -- you can just go down the ranking at the top of the charts, in so many of those areas. A lot of things, you just can't coach, so he's got that it."

Not bad for a guy who Scout.com ranked as the No. 123 cornerback in the class of 2011.

Given the wealth of skill at wide receiver and the lack of it at cornerback, might Humphries be in for a full-time position switch, or at least more time on defense?

Venables appears ready to politick for it.

"I think coach [Dabo Swinney] likes to win and have success, find a way to help the football team, like any smart coach will do," he said. "I think [Humphries] shown before…he's more than capable of helping out. He'd be a terrific player if he was there full-time, as well."

Humphries wouldn't be opposed to more time at cornerback nor would he be against less time at wide receiver.

"Wherever they want me, I'll go out there and play," he said.

Offensive coordinator Chad Morris certainly likes having him on his side of the ball.

"He's a guy that knows football. That sound like kind of a corny statement, but the guy knows football," Morris said.

That's probably what made Humphries had such a good high school career and why he's off to a good start at the college level.

As a senior at Dorman, Humphries had 17 receptions for 329 yards and four touchdowns, 34 carries for 178 yards with 11 touchdown and seven kickoff returns for 155 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, he was in on 32 tackles, nine pass breakups and recorded three interceptions.

During his first season at Clemson, Humphries had 15 receptions for 130 yards along with seven yards on two carries in 258. Through eight games this season, he's caught 19 passes for 148 yards, rushed once for four yards.

"I'm just a fan of the game, just trying to go out there and help the team win," Humphries said. "I don't really have a special position that I like to play."

Humphries has already proven that he can perform on one side of the ball and he's in the midst of showing some value on the other.

"The thing about Adam, Adam loves football. You can tell he enjoys it. He wants to be around. He wants to play," Morris said. "He's getting his 30 snaps or whatever he's getting on offense, that's nothing. That's about two periods in practice out here, so he can get another 30 somewhere if he needs that."

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