FS MARQUESTON HUFF, WYOMING

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6’0” – 195 lbs. – 4.60e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 18 – 0.0 – 0.0, 1 PD, 1 INT (CB)
2011: 48 – 2.5 – 0.0, 2 FR, 2 PD, 3 INT (CB)
2012: 58 – 1.5 – 0.0, 2 FF, 7 PD, 1 BK (CB)
2013: 127 – 3.0 – 0.0, 1 FF, 6 PD, 2 INT, 1 BK (FS)

OVERVIEW:

Played in all twelve games as a freshman, primarily at nickel back but also as a special teams contributor. Took over as a starting cornerback in 2011, appearing in all thirteen games. Huff remained on the outside as a junior in his twelve games played, then transitioned to free safety prior to his senior season.

POSITIVES:

•    Played three seasons at cornerback, then successfully transitioned to safety in 2013.
•    Possesses a good combination of height, bulk, and length for a pro defensive back.
•    Able to avoid biting on play fakes, takes a very relaxed approach to playing free safety.
•    When he ends up in position to make a tackle, generally tries to wrap up the ballcarrier.
•    Capable of timing hits down the field in order to separate receivers from the ball.
•    At times, pre-snap positioning resembles that of a linebacker rather than a safety.
•    Has also contributed on various special teams units, blocking a kick as a junior in 2012.

NEGATIVES:

•    Overall level of competition in the Mountain West bears little resemblance to the NFL.
•    Incredible statistical output in 2013 is somehow completely incongruous with impact.
•    Despite having played there in the past, probably isn’t athletic enough to play corner.
•    Doesn’t play with anything resembling urgency, generally looks lethargic and bored.
•    Passivity could perhaps better be described as laziness, can become rather infuriating.
•    Too deferential when it comes to pursuit; prefers to let others take care of the tackle.

SUMMARY:

Huff spent the first three years of his collegiate career at cornerback for the Cowboys before shifting to free safety as a senior. That may give the impression that he is almost athletically overqualified for the deep secondary, but his size is not quite impressive enough to overlook his mediocre speed, which will likely prevent him from receiving much consideration at cornerback. Based on Huff’s film, it’s almost inconceivable that he could have been as productive as he was, given that he often appears to be sleepwalking through the game, deferring to teammates and strolling around the field after the ball has been snapped. That he has played both cornerback and free safety may appeal to teams, and he also participates on special-teams units, but his reprehensible demeanor is impossible to overlook.

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