A lot of long-standing Clemson fans no doubt developed a feeling of de ja vu as they watched college football’s national title game unfold at Raymond James Stadium on Monday night.
With every one of the career-high 10 catches that Clemson slot receiver Hunter Renfrow made the feeling they were watching now Buccaneers slot receiver Adam Humphries all over again had to increase.
The similarities are just too great.
Both players stand 5-foot-11 and weigh about 180 pounds, both played slot receiver and much like the undrafted Humphries with the Bucs, Renfrow was a walk on who worked his way into the lineup at Clemson.
Another similarity is that neither was a very big part of the Clemson attack. Humphries never caught more than 41 passes in a season and Renfrow never caught more than seven in a game prior to Monday.
Much like Humphries with the Bucs, though, Renfrow became a mainstay in the Tigers attack in arguably their biggest game ever, eventually catching the 2-yard touchdown pass (above) with :01 remaining that brought Clemson back and won the game for them.
So what’s next for Renfrow? Another year at Clemson. He’s only a sophomore so he has a chance to establish himself a bit more before the time comes for him to worry about trying to make the jump to the NFL.
And you can bet that, if he continues to progress, he’ll get that shot, in part because of the success Humphries has had with the Bucs since coming out of Clemson.
One thing’s for sure. After playing mostly in the shadows of all the talent around him, Renfrow has now emerged as a bit of a star himself and that catch will be talked about for decades to come.
Not unlike Humphries has been doing with the Buccaneers.