PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD
2005 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Winner Michael Huff, University of Texas
Michael huff came out of Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas as a three-year letterman in football and four-year letterman in track. Huff attended the University of Texas in Austin following high school.
As a freshman at Texas he earned a third-team Freshman All-American selection from the Sporting News. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2005 and won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back. Huff was a strong contributor on defensive during the Longhorns 2005 National Championship run, and finished his college career with a school record four career interceptions returned for touchdowns. In addition to football, Huff competed in track and field at Texas, and ran the first leg on the team’s 400-meter relay team that qualified for the NCAA outdoor championship.
Following college Huff was selected in the 1st round by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft. He recorded 78 tackles during his rookie season. In 2007, during his second professional season, Huff was mover from strong safety to free safety. He continued to flourish in his new position finishing 2010 with 3 interceptions, along with career highs in almost every defensive category on his way to his first All-Pro section.