Nevada has hit the college football version of the waiver wire to add a player it hopes has a big impact on the team this season.
John Humphreys, a two-way player, has joined the Wolf Pack roster as a graduate transfer, meaning he's eligible to play this season. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Texas native began his career at Oklahoma before transferring to Arizona State.
"He's a kid that I've known for a long time," Wolf Pack head coach Jay Norvell said. "I recruited him at Oklahoma and then he transferred to Arizona State. He's a skill player. He's a defensive back/wide receiver, excellent special teams kid with great speed. We're excited to have him on our roster."
Norvell was an assistant coach at Arizona State when Humphreys joined the team. Despite this being Humphreys' fifth season in college, he's only played in one of those years. He redshirted as a true freshman at Oklahoma in 2015, had to sit out the 2016 season at Arizona State because of transfer rules, played for the Sun Devils in 2017 and then missed last season with a torn Achilles. In 2017, Humphreys caught 13 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown.
Humphrey was a four-star recruit by ESPN who picked Oklahoma over more than a dozen offers from Power 5 programs. He didn't practice with Nevada on Monday but will play Friday in the Wolf Pack's season opener, Norvell said. The coach didn't tip his hand on whether Humphrey will play offense or defense for Nevada, although the Wolf Pack has more of a need at defensive back than receiver.
"We'll see exactly where we can plug him in, but he's already taken care of his acclimation and all that," Norvell said. "When I was in the NFL, we used to bring guys in off the waiver wire all the time and you had to prepare them and get them ready to play right away. John is an experienced guy, he's played offense, he's played defense, he's a really good special teams player, he has excellent speed, so we'll probably use him in some capacity this week."
Humphrey announced last Monday he would transfer out of Arizona State, saying: “My time here at Arizona State has given me the opportunity to sharpen my skills and become more a student of the game. I would like to say thank you to the entire coaching staff for everything they have done for me."
While Humphrey is listed as a senior, there's a good chance he gets a sixth year of eligibility because of the 2018 injury, so he could end up spending two years in silver and blue.