Bronco co-OC/OL coach one of 40 nominees for top assistant honor
Scott Huff is entering his 12th year on the Boise State coaching staff, his second as co-offensive coordinator and seventh working with the Broncos' offensive line. A 2002 graduate of Boise State and a former all-league center, Huff returned to coach the position he played for the Broncos in 2014 under head coach Bryan Harsin.
Huff was promoted to the role of co-offensive coordinator in January 2016.
He previously worked with the offensive line from 2007-09, coached tight ends in 2006 and from 2010-13 and was the Broncos' special teams coordinator from 2012-13.
In 2016, Huff was named one of 40 nominees for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation's top assistant coach. His offensive line was also named a semifinalist for the Joe Moore Award, given to college football's most outstanding offensive line unit.
The Broncos placed four offensive linemen on All-Mountain West Teams this past season, including first-team honorees Travis Averill (left guard) and Mario Yakoo (right tackle). Center Mason Hampton and right guard Steven Baggett were named honorable mention. The group paved the way for an offense that ranked 21st nationally in yardage (472.8). Quarterback Brett Rypien led the league and ranked 12th nationally in passing yards (3,646), and running back Jeremy McNichols ranked second nationally in total touchdowns (27) while ranking sixth nationally in rushing yards (1,709).
Hampton was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2016, just the fifth football student-athlete to garner first-team accolades in Boise State history. Baggett was named a second-team Academic All-American.
In 2015, Huff's offensive line landed three on All-Mountain West Teams, as center Marcus Henry and tackle Rees Odhiambo were named to the first team, and tackle Mario Yakoo was named honorable mention. In the spring, Odhiambo went on to be selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round (97th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft, while Henry signed a free-agent deal with the New Orleans Saints.
McNichols led the Mountain West and ranked sixth in the nation with 20 rushing touchdowns that season while picking up his first of back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing campaigns. Overall, the Bronco line anchored an offense that led the Mountain West in scoring (39.1 ppg) and total offense (501.5 ypg) in 2015.
In 2014, Huff's offensive line contributed to an offense that ranked ninth nationally in scoring (39.7) and 14th nationally in total yards (494.3). Boise State concluded the season at 12-2 overall, winning the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship and the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl.
The offensive line paved the way for Jay Ajayi, who set single-season records in rushing yards (1,823), rushing touchdowns (28), carries (347) and all-purpose yards (2,358), while becoming the first player in NCAA history to accumulate more than 1,800 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving in the same season. The group also protected quarterback Grant Hedrick, who led the nation in completion percentage (.708).
Henry and Odhiambo, both redshirt juniors in 2014, were named first-team and second-team All-Mountain West, respectively.
Huff rejoined his alma mater in 2006 after serving as a graduate assistant at Arizona State under former Bronco head coach Dirk Koetter.
While working with the offensive line from 2007-09, Huff oversaw a group that helped contribute to one of the most successful runs in school history. In his three seasons leading the offensive line, Boise State averaged just 12.3 sacks allowed each year.
In 2009 Huff's offensive line played a vital role in Boise State's perfect 14-0 season, which culminated with a victory at the 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Boise State offense finished the year ranked first-nationally in scoring offense (42.21), behind an offensive line that allowed the fewest quarterback sacks (five) of any team in the country.
Huff's group also provided protection for then-sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore, who went on to have one of the top seasons of any quarterback in school history. Moore threw for a then-school-record 39 touchdown passes, while tossing just three interceptions. Huff's group also blocked for second-team All-Western Athletic Conference running back Jeremy Avery, who finished 2009 with the seventh-most single-season rushing yards in school history (1,151).
In 2008 Huff coached an offensive line that was instrumental in Boise State's perfect 12-0 regular season, and played a key role in helping develop Moore - who was then only a freshman - allowing the fewest quarterback sacks (13) in the WAC. Huff's group also led the way for a Boise State offense that averaged 288.5 passing yards and 152.3 rushing yards per game in 2008.
While coaching tight ends, the position group helped contribute to an offensive attack that ranked amongst the nation's best in total offense, including top-10 finishes in 2010 (second; 521.31) and 2011 (ninth; 481.31), and scoring offense, including top-five rankings in 2010 (second; 45.08) and 2011 (fifth; 44.23).
The team also finished 2011 ranked fourth in the nation in passing efficiency (171.57) after finishing second-nationally in 2010 (179.74). The Broncos followed the nation's sixth-ranked passing offense in 2010 (321.08) with a No. 11 ranking in 2011 (309.38), and ranked 21st nationally in rushing in 2010. His group also helped keep Bronco quarterbacks virtually untouched, as Boise State led the nation in sacks allowed in 2011 (0.62 per game). Boise State ranked third nationally in the statistical category in 2010 (0.62) and sixth nationally in 2012 (0.77).
In 2011 Kyle Efaw was named honorable mention All-Mountain West after finishing the season with 31 receptions for 264 yards and seven touchdowns. Efaw, who signed a free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders following the season, combined with the rest of the tight end group to catch 61 passes for 577 yards and 12 touchdowns that season.
In his first season as a full-time coach, Huff's tight ends were instrumental in Boise State's 13-0 season and its 43-42 overtime victory over Oklahoma in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Tight end Derek Schouman earned first-team All-WAC honors in 2006 and was also a seventh-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2007 National Football League Draft. As a group in 2006, Boise State's tight ends combined to catch 36 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns as the Broncos finished second in the country in scoring offense and 10th in total offense.
As a player, Huff started 40 games at center during his four-year career. During that time he earned first-team All-WAC honors as a senior, anchoring an offensive line that helped Boise State lead the nation in scoring and total yards. During his career Boise State won three conference championships - one in the WAC and two in the Big West Conference.
In 2005 he was named to the Bronco Stadium 35th Anniversary Team as the team's center, and in 2016 he was named to the All-Blue Team, which honored the 30 greatest players since the inception of The Blue in 1986. Huff, a team captain his senior year, was also named first-team All-WAC by Sporting News following his junior season and was on both the Rimington Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch Lists as a senior.
Huff, a native of Phoenix, earned a business administration degree from Boise State before receiving his master's degree in secondary education-curriculum and instruction from Arizona State.
He and his wife Shannon were married in June of 2012, and have two sons, Scott "Scotty" Martin Huff III, born June 7, 2013; and Sullivan "Sully" Mason, born July 21, 2015.
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