Honors and Awards
- 2008 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll
Mike Huff was a reliable member of the Nebraska offensive line throughout his career, and spent the majority of his final three seasons in the starting lineup. A four-year letterman, Huff racked up 23 career starts and helped Nebraska field one of the nation’s top offenses the past two seasons.
Huff played in all 13 games in 2008, including starts at left guard in the first four games. Huff and his teammates on the offensive line helped quarterback Joe Ganz set Nebraska records for passing yards and total offense in a season. The offensive line was also pivotal in powering a running game that averaged better than 210 yards per contest over the second half of the regular season. Nebraska finished the season ranked 12th in total offense and also among the top 20 nationally in scoring offense and passing.
Huff suffered an Achilles injury during winter conditioning in 2007, but returned in time to play in all 12 games. He made six starts at right guard, including four of the last six contests. Huff and his fellow offensive linemen paved the way for an outstanding Husker offensive attack in 2007.
Nebraska averaged 468.2 yards per game, its best offensive total in 10 seasons, while averaging a school-record 323.8 passing yards per contest. The offensive line allowed quarterbacks Joe Ganz and Sam Keller to post four of the top five passing days in school history. I-back Marlon Lucky also flourished on the ground, rushing for 1,019 yards, while posting the best all-purpose season by a Husker in 10 years.
Huff had a breakthrough effort during spring practice in 2006, then was in the starting lineup for every game but Missouri. He was one of four freshmen or sophomores to earn starts. The Huskers were one of just three teams nationally to rank in the top 25 in rushing, passing, scoring and total offense. The offensive line played a pivotal role in senior quarterback Zac Taylor’s record-setting season that culminated with him being named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
The line also paved the way for four Nebraska running backs to combine for more than 2,400 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns. Huff and his linemates provided the push for a running game that topped 180 yards eight times during the season.
2005 (Redshirt Freshman)
A reserve guard, Huff saw action against Oklahoma, when the Huskers used a power formation with extra offensive linemen.
Huff redshirted in his first season in the program.
Before Nebraska (Ralston HS)
Huff was the first Ralston High School product to receive a scholarship from Nebraska since 1982 (Brad Johnson, offensive tackle). Huff excelled on the offensive and defensive lines for a Ralston team that finished 2003 with a 5-5 record for Coach Tyler Zahn, a Nebraska letterman in 1991. Huff was a second-team All-Nebraska pick by the Omaha World-Herald as a senior, and earned second-team super-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star.
Huff earned first-team Class B all-state honors from both publications in 2003. He was a four-year starter at offensive tackle for the Rams, while starting three seasons at defensive tackle. As a senior, Huff made 90 tackles and had 10.5 sacks, as Ralston earned a spot in the Class B playoffs each of Huff's final three seasons, and reached the state title game in 2002. In addition to his on-field honors, Huff was chosen as Ralston's Lifter of the Year each of his last three years.
Huff lettered in track four times and lettered in basketball as a junior. He committed to Nebraska after drawing recruiting interest from Colorado State, Iowa and Kansas State, among others.
The son of Michael Sr. and Christine Huff, Mike was born in Omaha on Aug. 23, 1985. Huff completed his undergraduate work in communication studies in May of 2008, and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll. He has volunteered at Midlands Hospital in Papillion and on Nebraska’s team hospital visits.
Huff's Career Statistics
Games Played - 40 (1 in 2005, 14 in 2006, 12 in 2007, 13 in 2008)
Games Started - 23 (13 in 2006, 6 in 2007, 4 in 2008)