Michael Wayne Huff, II (born March 6, 1983) is a former American football safety. He last played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Texas, and was recognized as a consensus All-American and the top college defensive back. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the seventh overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, and has played for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos.
Huff with the Oakland Raiders in 2012
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|Born:||March 6, 1983|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||211 lb (96 kg)|
|High school:||Nimitz (Irving, Texas)|
|NFL Draft:||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Coaching career
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Huff was born in Irving, Texas. He attended Nimitz High School in Irving, and was a three-year letterman in football and a four-year letterman in track. In football, he played wide receiver, cornerback, and safety, contributed in the playoffs his freshmen and junior years. His football jersey No. 23 was retired by Nimitz High School.
Huff attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he played for coach Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns football team from 2002 to 2005. He was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American in 2005 and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back. In 2002, he earned a third-team Freshman All-American selection from the Sporting News. He had four career interceptions returned for touchdowns, a school record. In the Rose Bowl game against the USC Trojans, Huff recovered a fumbled lateral from Reggie Bush, a play that many credit with changing the momentum of the game and helping the 2005 Texas Longhorns football team win the NCAA National Championship. He also was the key defender who prevented USC running back LenDale White from gaining a first down on a crucial fourth-down-and-two with USC leading late in the 4th quarter.
Track and fieldEdit
|60 meters||6.67||Houston, Texas||January 29, 2005|
|100 meters||10.13||Irving, Texas||April 14, 2000|
|200 meters||20.9||Lockhart, Texas||April 20, 2000|
Michael Huff was selected in the 1st round (7th overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft. After immediately being named the starter at strong safety in his rookie year, he recorded 78 tackles. On October 22, 2006, in a game against the Arizona Cardinals, Huff recorded 4 solo tackles and his first safety. He started all 16 games in his rookie season.
His first forced fumble came in his second year in a match-up against the Houston Texans on November 11, 2007. His first interception came in a game against rivalry team Kansas City Chiefs, which set up kicker Sebastian Janikowski for the field goal, which led to a victory 20-17. Huff ended the game with an impressive performance, adding in 9 total tackles (7 solo, 2 assists). The following week, against another rival team, the Denver Broncos, Huff sacked Broncos Quarterback Jay Cutler. Huff finished his 2007 season with 85 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception.
At the start of the 2009 season, Oakland had Hiram Eugene and Huff splitting snaps. Huff displayed excellent ball skills in the first two weeks, intercepting 3 passes. Huff finished the season with 59 tackles, half a sack and 3 interceptions, playing next to strong safety Tyvon Branch.
Huff opened the 2010 season as the Raiders starting free safety, still playing next to Tyvon Branch. The 2010 season would be the Raiders best season at 8-8 since losing Super Bowl XXXVII to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 NFL season. For the second straight year, Huff finished with 3 interceptions, along with career highs in almost every defensive category on his way to his first All-Pro section, he was selected as a 2nd team All-Pro. Huff finished the season with 94 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions.
On October 9, 2011 against the Houston Texans, Huff intercepted his first pass of the year in the endzone with no time remaining to ensure victory for the Raiders. This was one day after the passing of the Raiders long-time owner Al Davis. On the play the raiders defense only had 10 men on the field. Huff said that Davis “had his hand on that ball.”
Huff once again started the 2012 season at free safety for the Raiders. However, injuries to starting cornerbacks Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer forced the team to move Huff to cornerback before Oakland's week 3 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
On November 19, 2013 Huff was signed by the Denver Broncos.
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Huff has joined the newly formed staff at University of Texas at Austin joining newly named Tom Herman in his first coaching role. He will be a Quality Control Coach, serving as Assistant Defensive Backs Coach.
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- "Raiders vs. Texans - Game Recap - October 9, 2011 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
- Rosenthal, Gregg (March 12, 2013). "Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Huff cut by Raiders". NFL.com. Archived from the original on March 14, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
- Sun, Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore. "Ravens agree to three-year, $6 million deal with safety Michael Huff". baltimoresun.com. Archived from the original on May 26, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
- "Ravens Have Deal With Safety Michael Huff". baltimoreravens.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
- "Michael Huff Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
- "Former All-American safety Michael Huff joins Texas staff - Hookem.com". hookem.com. December 7, 2016. Archived from the original on April 26, 2018. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
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