Josh Huff eager to prove Texas wrong, face-to-face

Josh Huff eager to prove Texas wrong, face-to-face
December 14, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Huff: What Oregon football team means to me

Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff said he looks forward to playing Texas, a program that told him he wasn't good enough coming out of high school in Houston.

(Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)

Hell hath no furry like a Texas high school football player scorned by the Longhorns.

Oregon senior wide receiver Josh Huff, out of Houston, Texas, still harbors resentment toward the University of Texas for not offering him a scholarship when he came out of Nimitz High School in 2010. He said he's looking forward to making the Longhorns pay during the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.

“It’s pretty exciting,” he told reporters Saturday following practice in Eugene. “Get to go up against a university that turned me down and said I wasn’t good enough. I get to play in front of a lot of friends and family back home. They will make that trip to San Antonio.”

Turning Huff down is putting it lightly. According to Huff, former Texas assistant coach Major Applewhite told him that he simply wasn’t good enough to play for the Longhorns.

Huff Tweeted on Dec. 7 that he would never forget that day.

“It hurt a lot,” he said.

From that point forward, Huff said he has committed himself to proving both Applewhite and Texas wrong.

“Ever since then I’ve been taking everything personally,” Huff said.

Huff used that conversation as motivation to make himself better so he could get noticed by other schools.  Rivals.com rated Josh Huff as a four-star recruit and the seventh best  all-purpose back in the nation. Huff, according to Rivals, received offers from Oregon, Utah, TCU and Minnesota.

Here's a link to a highlight video of Huff doing just about everything for his high school including playing quarterback.

In many ways, Huff has already proven Texas and Applewhite wrong. Although one must consider that maybe Texas didn't view Huff as a receiver the fact is that maybe the Longhorns should have. To be fair, recruiting can be a tricky things and schools have only so many scholarships to hand out. But it's safe to say that Texas could have used Huff these past four seasons while Huff was starting for a program that went to three BCS bowl games.

Texas, however, did have a fantastic recruiting class in 2010. The Longhorns signed 19 four-star recruits and two five-star talents. Among them were five four-star wide receivers, the position Huff moved to at Oregon. But only two panned out with just one becoming an impact player.

Darius Terrell transferred to North Texas after two years and little playing time at Texas. Chris Jones transferred after his redshirt year. John Harris is a senior tight end with nine career receptions, 141 yards and two touchdowns. Darius White transferred to Missouri.

Only senior Mike Davis has had a great career as a receiver at Texas. He has 198 career receptions, 2,741 yards and 18 touchdowns. Would Texas be better off with Huff lining up opposite Davis? One certainly could make the argument.

Huff is having a career season with 1,036 yards and 11 touchdowns. For his career, Huff has 149 receptions for 2,262 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Huff said that other Oregon players from Texas also carry a grudge for being snubbed by Texas and look forward to getting a measure of revenge in the Alamo game and inspiring other Texas athletes to consider playing at Oregon in the future.

“We came out here to start a Texas pipeline and we’ve done a great job so far,” he said. “Texas continues to miss out on guys that’s under the radar. They just go for the big time recruits.”