Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mallard Creek's D.J. Humphries named national offensive linemen of the year

Mallard Creek football All-American D.J. Humphries has been named the top offensive lineman in the country.

Humphries is in San Antonio today to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is a Florida recruit. You can watch Humphries and several other area stars in today's game at 1 p.m. on WCNC, Channel 36.

Below is the U.S. Army news release:


D.J. Humphries Named Top Prep Lineman in the Country

(SAN ANTONIO) Jan. 6, 2012 - The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee today announced D.J. Humphries (Mallard Creek High School, Charlotte, N.C.) as the winner of the prestigious Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year award, given to the top prep lineman in the country. The 6'6", 280-pound offensive lineman led Mallard Creek to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the North Carolina 4AA Semifinals while helping the offense to nearly 48 points per game.

"D.J. showcases not only the kind of strengths found in every Army Strong Soldier, but he also demonstrates the traits that are the hallmark of Anthony Muñoz," said John Myers, Director of Strategic Communications, Marketing and Outreach, U.S. Army Accessions Command.  "Anthony Muñoz was a leader to his teammates on the field, possessing the mental, emotional and physical strengths that powered his collegiate and NFL careers."

"Humphries is one of the most athletic offensive tackles to come around in years. He has a great frame to fill out, uses his long arms and quick feet effectively in pass protection and is powerful and aggressive in the run game. He is just starting to scratch the surface of his ability. His potential is unlimited," said Mike Farrell, National Recruiting Analyst.

Muñoz is regarded by many as the top offensive lineman in professional football history and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame after playing 12 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was honored by being named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and to the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team. In college, Muñoz starred at the University of Southern California where he was a two-time All-American in 1978-79.

The 2011 Anthony Muñoz Lineman of the Year award recipient was U.S. Army All-American Ray Drew of Thomasville, Ga., who currently plays for the Georgia Bulldogs. The 2010 recipient was Seantrel Henderson from St. Paul, Minn., who is currently the starting right tackle for the Miami Hurricanes.


C. BAX said...

Congratulations D.J. Humphries. That's a great achievement. Look forward to watching you at the next level.

mmcgee said...

Having sons who have played against Mallard Creek the last few years I have seen this young man play and develop. He is absoultely outstanding and I want to congratulate him on this award- should be tremendous to watch hi development over the next few years- best of luck!