Huhn Hopes for March Return

Entering the 2012 season, Erik Huhn was expected to make a huge defensive impact for the Steele Knights. After a first-game injury, he was forced into a spectator's role.

But Huhn said he remains a big fan of the work the Steele defense has done.

"It's good to see them good," Huhn said. "I wish I could be out there with them."

The perpetually sunny Huhn said that feeling gnawed at him when he first found out about his knee injury, with the senior missing his final high school season after making a tackle for loss and an interception in just two plays. He landed wrong on the interception, tearing his ACL and ending his season.

"All my friends told me you've got other stuff coming up and you've got to stay positive," Huhn said.

He's done just that while putting in heavy rehab work. Huhn said most of his work now is designed simply to get the knee to stretch all the way out, while keeping everything comfortable. He said he's projected to be full-go in March, just in time for track season. After playing baseball as a freshman — he made the varsity — Huhn missed the spring of his sophomore year with an injury and ran track a year ago, making it to state.

His work in that area also showed up in football testing, with the then-205-pound Huhn running a sub-4.5-second 40-yard dash last summer.

"I'm going to try to get out to track," Huhn said. "You just want to make sure you're healed first before you go out and do stuff like that."

Huhn's weight has dropped a bit to 198 pounds, though his lanky 6-foot-3 frame is such that most project him as a linebacker at the next level. Huhn was quick to point out that Texas defensive backs coach Duane Akina tapped him as a safety, but also acknowledged that he could outgrow the position.

"Whatever I can do to help the team," Huhn said. "I know working out up there, you can get a lot bigger. So whatever I can do to help the team, I'll be happy to do."

Huhn's frame and physicality is why many think he'll end up in the box.

"I guess I like to come down and hit," Huhn said. "That's what a lot of parents tell me. I can play the ball too, though."

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