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Michael Huff (born March 6, 1983 in Irving, Texasmarker) is currently a Free Safety for the Oakland Raiders and played CB/S for the The University of Texasmarker Longhorns.

High school career

Huff attended Nimitz High Schoolmarker in Irving, Texasmarker 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. In track, he placed seventh at the USATF Junior Nationals and ran a personal best of 10.46 seconds on the 100 meter dash.

College career

As a defensive back at Texas, Huff was selected in 2005 as consensus First Team All American safety and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nations best defensive back. In 2002, Huff earned a third-team Freshman All-American selection from the Sporting News. Huff had four career interceptions returned for touchdowns, a school record. In the Rose Bowlmarker game against USCmarker, 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 Longhorn football team win the NCAA National Championship. He also was the key defender that prevented LenDale White (USC-RB) from gaining the 1st down on a 4th and 2. Texas's Vince Young would later march down the field and score the touchdown, enabling Texas to win the national championship.

Pro career

NFL Draft

Michael Huff was selected in the 1st round (7th overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft. On July 24, 2006, he signed a 6-year, $43 million contract which included $16 million in guarantees.

2006 Season

After immediately being named the starter 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.

2007 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 lead 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 rivalry team, the Denver Broncos, Huff sacked Broncos Quarterback Jay Cutler. Huff finished his 2007 season with 85 tackles, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception.

Huff was moved to free safety after the acquisition of Gibril Wilson.

2008 Season

After recording just 12 tackles through the first 5 games of the 2008 season, Michael Huff was benched in favor of Hiram Eugene.

2009 Season

During the start of the 2009 season Oakland used a rotational safeties in passing situations. The Raiders elected to use Hiram Eugene in early downs and Huff coming in for passing downs. Defensive rotations are usually used by defenses to get their best pass rushers on the field replacing a player who is better suited to stopping the run. The early returns of using Huff as a rotational safety were huge as Huff intercepted 3 passes in the Raiders first two games.

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