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2017 • JUNIOR SEASON: Has played in all six games • has recorded 30 tackles and two interceptions including a pick-six. Game-by-Game: Recorded first career interception in the third quarter against Buffalo • tallied four tackles against Oregon State • earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors after returning a 67-yard interception for a touchdown (tenth longest in school history) and notching four tackles against Middle Tennessee • notched six tackles including one for a loss of one yard against Maryland • tallied seven tackles against Purdue • recorded a career high nine tackles against Michigan State.
2016 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in all 13 games • recorded six tackles. Game-by-Game: Saw action against Oregon State and Indiana State • recorded one tackle against Colorado State and at Penn State • made three tackles against Iowa • saw action against Maryland, Rutgers, Illinois and Purdue • notched one tackle at Nebraska • competed against Northwestern, Wisconsin and Washington State.
2015 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in eight games • made one tackle on defense. Game-by-Game: Made Minnesota and collegiate debut on defense at Purdue, but did not record a statistic • competed on special teams versus Nebraska and Michigan • tallied first career tackle at Ohio State • appeared on special teams at Iowa and against Illinois, Wisconsin and Central Michigan, but did not record any statistics
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Bolingbrook High School, where he helped lead the Raiders to an 8-4 record (5-2 in conference play) as a senior • a Class 8A All-State Honorable Mention honoree • received Herald News All-Area honors and Chicago Sun Times All-Area Honorable Mention in 2014 • recorded 67 tackles (41 solo), including seven stops for a loss, during his senior campaign • tallied five pass breakups, two blocked kicks and two forced fumbles • rushed for 466 yards and eight touchdowns as a tailback • coached by John Ivlow • tabbed a three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports, and a two-star recruit by Scout • named the No. 23 player in Illinois by ESPN, No. 30 by Rivals and No. 41 by 247Sports • ESPN rated him the No. 61 safety, and 247Sports has him at No. 127 • also lettered in baseball and wrestling.
PERSONAL: Born May 19, 1997 • son of Sam and Dee Huff • has three brothers (Julian, Jaden and Micah) and one sister (Jan) • identical twin brother Julian is a linebacker for the Gophers • brother Jaden is a running back at St. Cloud State.
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