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Gipsons show Huff the ropes

True freshman learns from Gipson brothers

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LARAMIE -- As far as Marqueston Huff is concerned, three brothers intercepted passes against Utah last week.

While the Wyoming Cowboys lost 30-6, they forced three picks, including one each by starting cornerbacks and brothers Marcell and Tashaun Gipson.

Huff got the third interception, a fitting situation for the Pokes’ true freshmen who says the Gipsons have taken him under their wing.

“Those two are really brothers, but they make me feel like I’m one of their brothers,” Huff said this week, reiterating a comment he made following the game. “They took me in, they teach me, they tell me what I need to do to correct myself.”

Whatever they’re helping to teach Huff, it’s working.

The Gipsons have long been household names for Cowboys fans, starting 32 straight games across from each other, but Huff has had to spell Marcell Gipson in each of the last two weeks.

At TCU, Gipson battled dehydration in the second quarter. When Huff stepped in, the Horned Frogs took advantage, beating him for a long touchdown pass.

“Before, Tashaun just told me, ‘They know you’re a freshman, they’re going to come after you,’” Huff said. “I said, ‘I already know.’ I just didn’t think they were going to do it so quick.”

Most true freshman would likely dwell on that experience.

But Huff, surrounded by veterans and a defensive backs coach, Alex Grinch, who was the key to bringing Huff from Texarkana, Texas, to Laramie, simply went back to a piece of advice his surrounding cast has preached: Involved in a tough play? Forget about it.

“Grinch tells me all the time that you have to have amnesia,” Huff said.

He forgot about the blunder.

One week later, when Marcell Gipson went out with an injury, Huff made a play that should help UW fans forget about the tough start as well.

Starting with great field position, the Utes followed TCU’s lead and, on the first play of a drive, tested Huff with a pass to the end zone. This time Huff responded with his first career interception.

“I had to suck it up and play ball,” Huff said. “What happened at TCU, I kind of took it as motivation. In my mind, I told myself I wasn’t going to let it happen again.

“When he threw it, I was just ready for it.”

It will likely be the first of many big plays for Huff.

He has impressed UW coaches since the start of fall camp and seems like the clear choice to step in for Marcell Gipson, a senior, next year.

“He’s going to be a real good playmaker,” sophomore safety Shamiel Gary said. “I can’t wait to see what he can do.”

Huff, however, says he can wait -- at least a little bit longer.

Gipson is expected to play at BYU on Saturday and Huff isn’t anxious to step on the toes of the guy playing the role of big brother.

“Marcell and [senior safety Chris Prosinski] are a very big part of our secondary,” Huff said. “When they’re gone, we’ll have to find people to fill their shoes.

“Hopefully we’ll be as good as they are.”

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