Maudrecus Humphrey was suspended indefinitely by Arkansas in the Spring of 2012. More than two years later, the receiver returns to Fayetteville as a member of the UAB Blazers.
The son of former Crimson Tide great Bobby Humphrey, Maudrecus committed to the University of Arkansas following an excellent career at Hoover High School in Birmingham, Alabama. A coveted three-star athlete, Humphrey choose Bobby Petrino’s Razorbacks over offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Kentucky.
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Humphrey mainly contributed to the Hogs on special teams but was expected to break through in the Spring of 2012. Things dramatically changed on May 12, 2012 when Maudrecus and two teammates were arrested on suspicion of dorm-room burglary. Interim head coach John L. Williams indefinitely suspended Humphrey, Marquel Wade, and Andrew Peterson, after campus surveillance showed the trio entering multiple rooms and making off with everything from cash to student laptop computers.
Maudrecus Humphrey ultimately avoided criminal prosecution by agreeing to enter a drug treatment program. He did not return to Arkansas, instead enrolling at UAB in February of 2013. UAB listed the 6-foot-3 receiver atop of their depth chart for the Spring; however, the NCAA ruled Humphrey ineligible for the Blazers’ 2013 season. Humphrey didn’t play a single down for the Hogs in 2012 but that did not stop the NCAA from imposing their transfer sit-out rule.
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Now a senior, Maudrecus has finally seen on-the-field action for the Blazers, accumulating 18 receiptions for 247 yards through seven games. An eight-catch, 93 yard performance against Western Kentucky caps Humphrey’s biggest game of the season but more importantly, the young man has made the most of his second chance by providing an unselfish, positive attitude at UAB.
Humphrey lists as the starting “A” receiver for the Blazers and should see plenty of reps come Saturday’s kickoff at Razorback stadium. Despite his ugly past in Fayetteville, Maudrecus says he is excited to return:
"“It’s going to be fun, going back to the old stadium that I started in college at. It’ll bring back a couple memories — just the atmosphere, having the opportunity to play in the SEC.”"
Maudrecus should be motivated to perform well against his old team as he makes the most of his senior season.