Report: Humphries indeed heading to NFL

As we reported a couple of weeks ago that we were hearing Florida junior D.J. Humphries would be turning professional and skipping his senior season at Florida. The Gainesville Sun reports that sources are now telling them the same thing.

D.J. Humphries would be the most seasoned starter returning to a Florida offensive line that has been decimated by permanent injuries and players that have decided to move on early.

Humphries started 18 games so far in his career including nine this season. He has been plagued by injuries during his time and his freshman campaign was said to be his best.

Last month offensive guard Tyler Moore made his mind up to also leave early. Three seniors in Chaz Green, Trenton Brown, and Max Garcia will also be gone. Junior Drew Sarvary and freshman Nolan Kelleher had to give up football due to injuries.

The loss of Humphries makes it dangerously scary up front with depth and especially experience.

Trip Thurman will now be the guy with the most experience returning in 2015 and the senior to be did have a very good junior year. Sophomore Roderick Johnson looks to be an anchor. Johnson was really impressive in 2014 playing more than most expected. He will have to step up big. Sophomore David Sharpe played very sparingly but was also impressive when he got on the field in his first year on campus. He should be the heir apparent at the left tackle position vacated by Humphries.

Beyond those three, the going is tough. Thurman is the only upper classman on the roster on the offensive line. The Gators will rely on sophomores Cam Dillard and Antonio Riles. They will also rely on red-shirt freshmen Travaris Dorsey, Kavaris Harkless, and Andrew Mike to provide depth and that marks the totality of the numbers among returning linemen.

The Gators do have three linemen committed at the moment and are waiting to sign those three and at least three more. Tyler Jordan of Jacksonville Bishop Kenny, Mike Horton of Atlanta (Ga.) Lakeside, and Brandon Sandifer of Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside should be pressed early to compete when they arrive on campus.

Offensive line coach Mike Summers is expected to return with the new staff and most believe that Summers did a wonderful job of piecing together a pretty good unit in 2014. If he does indeed return he will have his hands full.

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