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Before Texas begins its first season under Charlie Strong, we're taking a deep dive into all the talent he inherits in 2014. Our Burnt Orange Breakdown series will take a closer look at each scholarship player returning this fall and what we can expect from him. We're going down the roster from No. 1 Shiro Davis all the way to No. 99 Desmond Jackson.
No. 32 Erik Huhn
Redshirt freshman safety
Recruitment rewind: Huhn, a four-star safety from Cibolo (Texas) Steele, wasn't a well-known name when he first appeared on the Longhorns' radar in the spring of 2012. But he proved himself at Texas' summer camp, impressing Duane Akina enough to earn an offer. He committed immediately, and by the time he signed, Huhn had offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Georgia, Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU, and 10 other FBS programs. He suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in the season-opener of his senior year.
Career so far: As expected, Huhn was held out for the 2013 season so that he could achieve full recovery from the knee injury and, according to his official Texas athletics profile he also dealt with a shoulder injury.
Best-case scenario for 2014: The 6-foot-3, 214-pound safety needs to get healthy and get started on special teams. He had a knack for big hits in his junior year at Steele, and you wonder if eventually Huhn will end up delivering those hits from an outside linebacker spot. He's got the size to make that transition, and like incoming freshman Edwin Freeman, Huhn is a true "tweener" who can lend help in run support when healthy. The new staff just needs to figure out where he fits.
Worst-case scenario for 2014: You hope Huhn isn't given another injury-related setback because he hasn't played in a football game in two years and his college career has only just begun. There's going to be some rust, naturally, and Huhn might have to contribute as a scout-team player this fall if he doesn't establish himself in fall camp.
Future expectations: Again, much depends on whether he's asked to play safety or linebacker. Either way, the junior film doesn't lie: Huhn is an aggressive player with a nose for the ball. He's the biggest defensive back on Texas' roster, and if/when his injury issues subside, he could be a sneaky good player down the road.
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