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College Sports: Texas still has playmakers on offense, but here’s why WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey is so hard to replace 

Chuck Carlton, Big 12 beat writer for and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the league in a live chat. Here are some highlights:

Lil’Jordan Humphrey declared for the draft, and Collin Johnson opted to play his senior season at Texas. Will the Texas offense take a step back in 2019 without Humphrey’s dynamism?

Carlton: While Lil’Jordan Humphrey was reportedly viewed as a third to sixth round pick by the NFL, his decision wasn’t necessarily a surprise. The former Southlake Carroll standout wasn’t really going to raise his stock that much in another year. Plus, he could open some eyes in workouts. That said, Texas has two proven receivers in Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay and half-a-dozen potential replacements. Humphrey’s biggest contribution were the timely plays that seemed to spark the offense, like fighting for extra yards. Those intangibles are hard to replace.

Should Kyler Murray opt to play baseball or head to the NFL, who are the Sooners’ options at quarterback in 2019?

Carlton: How about … Kyler Murray? OK, admittedly its a long shot but former Cowboys personnel guru Gil Brandt floated the scenario where Kyler Murray plays minor-league baseball for Oakland then returns for his final season at Oklahoma rather enter the NFL draft. He keeps his bonus but preserves the football option. Stranger things have happened. If Murray doesn’t return, there’s this season’s backup Austin Kendall, freshman Tanner Mordecai and incoming recruit Spencer Rattler. Of the three, Rattler is the most intriguing, a 5-star recruit who has impressed in camps and should thrive in Lincoln Riley’s system. But he’s still only a freshman and a bit spindly.

With the new transfer rules being the way they are, do you see that market being utilized more and more as a primary option for talent acquisition?

Carlton: I don’t think you can build a program on transfers. What you can do is fill positions of need for a season or two. It doesn’t have to necessarily be All-American caliber talent. Offensive tackle Calvin Anderson and running back Tre Watson played key roles for Texas this past season. The new rules open even more avenues for players and teams to move freely. And that’s not a bad thing.

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