In the next few days leading up to Wyoming's "Senior Day" game against Hawaii, I'll profile each of the Cowboys' notable seniors in a series of blog posts. Right now the focus turns to defensive captain -- and recent buzz cut recipient -- Marqueston Huff.
POSITION: Free Safety
HOMETOWN: Texarkana, Texas
HIGH SCHOOL: Liberty-Eylau
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Huff is the leader of Wyoming's defense, and he has 98 tackles and team highs in interceptions (2) and pass breakups (60) in his first season at free safety for the Cowboys. He was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week after the season-opening 37-34 loss at Nebraska, in which he recorded 18 tackles with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The 6-foot safety played his previous three seasons as a cornerback. He finished with 57 tackles and was second on the team with seven pass breakups in the 2012 season. He added 47 tackles and three interceptions in 2011, and 18 tackles and one interception in 2010.
He was voted a team captain prior to this season. Huff has six career interceptions.
BACK IN THE DAY: Huff was named All-Northeast Texas and all-district his senior season at Liberty-Eylau High School in Texarkana, Texas. He made 85 tackles, intercepted three passes, forced three fumbles, recovered one fumble and blocked one punt his senior season.
His junior year, he made 53 tackles, intercepted two passes, forced one fumble and blocked two field goals. He was voted a team captain in football both his junior and senior seasons.
Huff was also named all-state in track and field as a sprinter and high jumper his junior season.
HE SAID IT: “Quest has played pretty well this year for us, moving to safety. He’s the leader of our secondary, is the most experienced player on the defense. He’s done a nice job. He’s physical. Sometimes he’s trying to do too much and he’ll get himself out of position now and then because he wants to make up for some other areas where we’re maybe not playing as well as we should be. But he’s had a good year, and the exciting thing is he’s going to have an opportunity to probably play after he gets done here.” -- Wyoming coach Dave Christensen
"I'm just happy with the situation. I made it. It's my senior year. I'm on track to graduate, and that's one of the things that's very important to me. I'm very grateful for everything this Wyoming community has given to me. I'm just very excited to go out there and play my last game in War Memorial Stadium." -- Marqueston Huff