Huey Emerges as Line Leader

Working on an offensive line unit that has been chastised somewhat for its lack of consistency, guard Michael Huey has emerged as one of the team's leaders.

Texas coaches have singled out Huey for his play in consecutive weeks, with the senior putting in excellent performances against both Nebraska and Iowa State. The former performance came as a bit of payback, as a hobbled Huey struggled against Ndamukong Suh and the Cornhuskers a year ago.

"Last year was very frustrating. I can't even describe how frustrating it was," Huey said. "But this year, being healthy I can do what I set out for, to be a big part of helping us win. I want to play as hard and as fast as I can."

Huey's health has been one of the bright spots along the Texas offensive line, helping to open holes for Longhorn runners while protecting quarterback Garrett Gilbert.

"Personally, I've felt my performance escalating," Huey said. "It's something I want to rub off on everyone. As a leader, I want to take on the role where I do as best as I can, to motivate them. I want to help us find whatever's missing to help us win every game."

Huey is a team-first player, and is reluctant to talk about goals when they aren't team aims. So when told that the coaching staff thought he played well against the Cyclones, Huey shrugged off the compliments.

"I wanted to get that win, and I was willing to do whatever it takes to help this team get that win," Huey said. "I don't think I'm ever satisfied because I always know I can do better."

Huey started playing football in the fifth grade, and saw his recruitment heat up after a strong junior season.

"I wanted to go to a school really prestigious, not just in terms of winning, but in terms of helping me become a better person," Huey said. "Texas just seemed like a great fit for me."

And Huey has been a great fit for Texas, both as a player and as a leader.

"He's a great leader on that o-line," said running back Tre Newton. "Everybody looks up to him because he comes every day prepared, ready to work and try to get better.

"As teammates, you can trust and look up to him," Newton said. "He's a great senior leader for us."

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