Bucs receiver Adam Humphries will have a familiar face lining up against him Sunday when he's in the slot and the Vikings have Mackensie Alexander guarding him as their nickel defensive back.
The two were teammates at Clemson -- they played together in 2014, and were both with the Tigers in 2013 when Alexander redshirted. They have identical roster measurements at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds and are even represented by the same agency.
"It'd be fun to go against him -- he's a good competitor and I used to go up against him every day in practice," Humphries said. "I know a lot about his game. He knows a lot about my game. It's 'Good to see you again, but I'm going to try my best.'"
Humphries has something else to remind him of his Clemson days -- the influx of talent on offense this year, with DeSean Jackson and rookies O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin adding to the Bucs' options in the passing game.
At Clemson, Humphries was part of a ridiculously talented receiving corps -- in 2011-12, he was among six current NFL receivers playing for the Tigers -- DeAndre Hopkins (Texans), Sammy Watkins (Rams), Martavis Bryant (Steelers), Jaron Brown (Cardinals) and Charone Peake (Jets). He had two catches for 18 yards in Sunday's opener, but likes the familiar feel of being surrounded by offensive talent.
"It kind of felt like college again, getting all the playmakers we have on offense," he said. "It's just fun seeing the ball go around to so many guys. At Clemson, we won a lot of games by a lot of points with a lot of people making plays. This is fun right here, even if it's not always going to be like this."