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    Brian Huffman
    Brian Huffman

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Schaumburg, Ill.

    High School:
    Schaumburg

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 215

    Position:
    P/PK

    Birthdate:
    12/28/1981



    General: A talented athlete, Huffman handled both punting and place-kicking duties during his career ... Originally signed as a place-kicker, Huffman honed his punting skills while David Wasielewski served as NU's place-kicker in 2001 and 2002 ... Began place-kicking again midway through 2003 when an injury shelved Slade Larscheid ... Became NU's punter in 2002 ... Also handled kickoffs ... Closed career with 78 all-time points.

    2004: Lindy's preseason second-team all-Big Ten punter .. Was one of 11 players nationally who was handling punting, place-kicking and kickoff duties in Division I-A football ... Closed the year just handling kickoffs and punting ... Made his first 21 PAT kicks before missing his final attempt vs. Purdue ... Hit 23-of-24 PAT kicks ... Equaled a career long with a 41-yard field goal vs. Ohio State ... Added another 40-yarder vs. the Buckeyes on the first half's final play ... Also drilled two field goals (23 and 21 yards) vs. Kansas ... Nailed a 29-yarder at Minnesota ... After his 1-for-6 field goal performance at TCU, hit six of his next 11 field goal attempts ... Versus TCU, had a strong night punting (43.5 avg and a 44.0 net avg.), kicking off and converting PAT attempts (6-of-6) ... Ranks fifth on NU's career punting average chart with a 40.2 ypp mark ... Hit a 32-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to force overtime vs. Indiana ... Team's second-leading scorer with 44 points.

    2003: Second-year punter ... Ray Guy Award preseason candidate ... Averaged 40 yards or better in eight straight games (Air Force through Purdue) ... Had season's top performance vs. Air Force: averaged 45.7 yards on six punts with four of the six punts landing inside the opponents' 20-yard line ... Booted a 63-yarder vs. Air Force ... Averaged 42.1 yards per punt (eight kicks) vs. Miami ... Averaged 48.3 yards on three punts at Duke, but had another one blocked (charged to team) ... Career-high eight punts for a 44.4 average at Ohio State ... Averaged 40.1 ypp on seven kicks vs. Minnesota ... Averaged 43.0 ypp at Indiana (seven punts) ... Booted seven punts for a 42.6 average vs. Wisconsin ... Drilled 19 (of 72) punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line ... Also handled kickoffs, and hit a majority of them (26-of-51) into or out of the end zone for touchbacks ... Opponents returned just 22 kickoffs this year (out of 54) ... Did not kick off vs. Miami due to a sore leg ... With Slade Larscheid sidelined with an injury the final six games, he handled a majority of the place-kicking duties ... Against Wisconsin, kicked a 25-yard field goal and a PAT ... The field goal was the first of his career ... Had two PATs and no field goal attempts at Purdue ... Two PATs and a key 27-yard fourth-quarter FG vs. Penn State ... Booted a 35-yarder against Michigan ... Hit one-of-two FG attempts at Illinois (hit a career-long 38-yarder) ... Hit a 31-yard field goal and all three PAT attempts vs. Bowling Green in the Motor City Bowl ... Drilled five-of-seven field goal attempts after taking over the duties in the Wisconsin game ... Finished 10th in Big Ten punting average (39.9).

    2002: Team's punter ... Also handled kickoff duties ... Began the season with a 48.9 yards per punt average at Air Force ... His average was the best in the nation after the season's first full opening weekend ... Besides Air Force, posted top single-game averages against TCU (43.8), Minnesota (48.3), Purdue (42.0), Iowa (46.7) and Illinois (42.7) ... Finished third in Big Ten and 37th nationally in punting average (41.5) ... A career-long 71-yard punt at Air Force ... 14 of his 66 punts landed inside the opposition's 20-yard line.

    2001: Redshirted.

    2000: Played in seven games ... Handled a majority of the kickoffs before injuring his left foot vs. Michigan State ... Was 2-of-2 on extra point attempts.

    High School: All-state selection by Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune ... All-area pick by Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald and Pioneer Press ... Tom Lemming's Reebok All-American First Team ... First-team Mid-Suburban League selection ... Kicked 22 field goals in two years of playing, including 10 beyond 40 yards ... Nailed 56-yard field goal, the third-longest kick in IHSA history ... Kicked 46-yard field goal in 6A championship game, which set a record ... Tied IHSA record with four field goals in one game ... Had 71 touchbacks on kickoffs ... Averaged 38.1 yards per punt for his career ... Honor roll all four years at Schaumburg ... Mid-Suburban League All-Academic Senior Athlete ... High school coach was Tom Cerasani.

    Personal: Born Brian Eita Huffman on 12/28/81 ... Son of Mark and Patrice Huffman ... Father was a student manager for Notre Dame's national championship football team in 1973 ... Sociology major.

    The Huffman File
    Q: Best television show ever made? A: Seinfeld Q: My football related superstition is... A: I wear the same socks. Q: To improve as a player, I need to... A: Stop thinking so much. Q: If you could dine alone with anyone from any period in history, who would it be? A: Bruce Lee Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which one would you pick? A: Top Gun Q: If you could choose the title of your autobiography, what would it be? A: My Life as Me Q: My favorite opposing stadium to play in is... A: Wisconsin Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be... A: A game-winning field goal Q: My favorite place I have visited is: A: Hawaii Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be... A: Derrick Mayes Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester? A: Marquice Cole

    Huffman's Career Statistics

    FIELD GOALS    G	Att	Made	Lg	Pct
    2000	       7	0	0	0	0.0
    2002	      12	1	0	0	0.0
    2003	      13	7	5	38	71.4
    2004	      12	17	7	41	41.2
    TOTALS	      44	25	12	41	48.0
    

    PUNTING G No. Yards Lg Avg 2000 7 0 0 0 0.0 2002 12 66 2737 71 41.5 2003 13 72 2872 63 39.9 2004 12 53 2074 62 39.1 TOTALS 44 191 7683 71 40.2

    SCORING G TD Rush Pass Retn PAT 2PAT FG Total Avg/G 2000 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.3 2002 12 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 0.3 2003 13 0 0 0 0 13 0 5 28 2.2 2004 12 0 0 0 0 23 0 7 44 3.7 TOTALS 44 0 0 0 0 42 0 12 78 1.8