Coaches Huff, Avalos staying at Boise State

ccripe@idahostatesman.comDecember 18, 2013 

Scott Huff returns to the offensive line, where he has played and coached at Boise State.

DARIN OSWALD — Idaho Statesman file

— The Boise State football program will "attack the future," as new coach Bryan Harsin likes to say, with significant help from its successful past.

Harsin has made his first two official staff hires: offensive line coach Scott Huff and defensive assistant Andy Avalos. Like Harsin, both are former Chris Petersen assistants and Broncos players.

Unlike Harsin, Huff and Avalos are on the current coaching staff and will provide some continuity for the returning players. It's also still possible that other coaches will stay.

"Both are quality coaches and people, and excellent recruiters,'' Harsin said in a news release. "I think it's important we continue the tradition of the program, and each has played a key role in the past for Boise State — both as a coach and a player. I'm also excited to get coach Huff back with the position he played for Boise State.

"Both coach Huff and coach Avalos had excellent playing careers, and they bring great passion and energy to the program."

Huff will replace Washington-bound Chris Strausser as the offensive line coach. Huff was a center at Boise State through 2002 and was the line coach from 2007 to 2009. He coached tight ends in 2006 and from 2010 to 2013, and added special teams to his assignment in 2012-13.

Avalos' assignment will be determined later. He joined the staff as the defensive line coach in 2012 and shared that responsibility with coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski. Avalos played linebacker at Boise State through 2004.

Former Boise State special teams coach Kent Riddle also has agreed to join Harsin's staff, sources have told the Idaho Statesman. Riddle was the special teams coach from 2001 to 2005 under Dan Hawkins and worked at Arkansas State under Harsin last year.

Riddle, who has coached tight ends and running backs in his career, likely will replace Huff with the special teams. The offensive line performs individual drills during special teams work.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat

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