Note: I’m reposting the profiles I wrote on each of the Boise State football coaches with some additional reporting that didn’t make the stories. The last one will appear on game day.
Offensive line coach
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Playing career: Center at Boise State (1998-2002). He was a four-year starter (40 career starts) and an All-WAC first-teamer in 2002. He was the center on the Bronco Stadium 35th Anniversary Team named in 2005.
Coaching career: Arizona State offensive graduate assistant (2004-05), Boise State tight ends coach (2006), Boise State offensive line coach (2007-09), Boise State tight ends coach (2010-11), Boise State tight ends/special teams coach (2012-13).
Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boise State (2002), master’s degree in secondary education from Arizona State (2005)
Family: Wife, Shannon; son, Scotty (1)
Did you know? Huff’s Boise State playing career overlapped with those of current colleagues Bryan Harsin (head coach), Marcel Yates (defensive coordinator), Mike Sanford (offensive coordinator), Andy Avalos (linebackers) and Julius Brown (defensive backs).
Quotable: “I’ve always loved football. Always my reservation had been how do you balance the responsibilities of your family and then the football. Even to this day, you struggle with that. But once I got into (coaching), it was a no-brainer.” — Huff
— Huff, like fellow assistants Marcel Yates and Junior Adams, excelled at baseball growing up. His baseball skills started to diminish when he began gaining weight as a senior to prepare for college football.
— Huff started the 1999 season opener at UCLA as a redshirt freshman.
— Huff on coaching tight ends and special teams in addition to offensive line during his Boise State career: “I’ve grown a ton with just having to do different positions. So much of my coaching career was based on playing football. When you play O-line, you don’t play special teams, you don’t run routes.”
— Huff on former offensive line coach Chris Strausser: “He was my coach for two years. We’ve both grown a lot since I was a player. We’d pick each other’s brains, so we’re a lot alike. Coach Strauss is pretty laid back, where I probably tend to be more not a nut job but I get my point across different ways. He’s been a great mentor for me.”
— Huff on his recruiting success: “The biggest thing is just being honest with kids. And I think they can sense when you’re not. Being honest with the parents. Because now having a son of my own, I can only imagine how stressful it is for them. And you have to have fun with it, too.”
— Strausser, the O-line coach last year and now at Washington, on Huff: “He’s going to make those guys really smart players. He was a smart player. Those guys will really appreciate the fact he was an outstanding offensive lineman at Boise State. They’ll connect because of that.”
— Strausser on Huff as a player: “He just had this great ability when things weren’t going right to take charge and get everybody back on the same page. And he just made everybody around him better.”
Tomorrow: Eliah Drinkwitz