"Michael has great instincts," head coach Mack Brown said. "Last Sunday night, before the ball came out of the quarterbacks hands, Michael had already put himself in a position to make the interception. He was just waiting on it."
But Huff has waited even longer for playing time this year. Injuries during spring ball as well as the first week of the preseason sidelined Huff, allowing surprisingly effective junior SS Phillip Geiggar to step in. But Geiggar was injured in the second half against New Mexico State and is listed as questionable for the Sept. 13 Arkansas game.
Expect Huff to be back at his starting SS spot when the two former SWC rivals square off at DKR (11 a.m. central, ABC).
"We consider them both starters and so both will play a lot," Brown said. "Were not as concerned which one plays."
Geiggar is also on both the kickoff and kickoff return teams. (He averaged 71 yards per return during three preseason scrimmages. Just wait when teams try to kick away from Selvin Young.)
"It wears you out," Brown said. "We had 11 kickoffs. Youre not going to be in that situation very often. But when you are, you need to substitute more."
Huff made 10 starts at SS and three at CB (filling in for injured Nathan Vasher) during a redshirt freshman season that resulted in The Sporting News third-team Freshman All-America honors. He registered 70 tackles, including 10 TFLs. His two interception returns for touchdowns rank in a tie for first on Texas all-time single season chart. Huffs best performance of 2001 came in Texas' 50-20 win against Texas A&M where he was credited with a career high 11 tackles and a 28-yard INT return for TD.
"He is really, really good and letting the receiver look open and then breaking on the ball," Brown said. "And hes got great hands obviously. Hes really smart, and his versatility makes it where he can play corner or safety. Its a real luxury for us. So, if the young corners arent ready for us, we can put him in Cedric Griffins place and rest him."