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BOISE - Boise State offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator Scott Huff has left to rejoin coach Chris Petersen at Washington.

Huff, who played at Boise State and has been an assistant coach with the Broncos since 2006, will be the offensive line coach at Washington.

"We want to wish Coach Huff the best of luck as he makes this move to Washington," Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said in a statement. "There are few that have been as loyal to the Boise State program as Scott Huff, both as a player and coach. Beyond his coaching acumen, his ability to build relationships with his players and develop them on and off the field is what makes him special."

Huff spent 16 years at Boise State as either a player or coach. He started 40 games at center for the Broncos during a four-year playing career from 1999-2002 and rejoined the Broncos in 2006 as tight ends coach.

He coached the tight ends, offensive line and special teams during his 11 years as an assistant coach with the Broncos. He was promoted to co-offensive coordinator last January, and also was the run-game coordinator.

Huff likely could have joined Petersen when he took the job at Washington prior to the 2014 season, but was one of two coaches that elected to stay with the Broncos.

Many close to Huff thought he would never leave Boise State, but a significant pay raise and the chance to rejoin Petersen and several others at Washington was too much for him to pass up.

Huff made $285,000 at Boise State last year, while previous Washington offensive line coach Chris Strausser reportedly made $440,000. Strausser left last week to become the assistant running backs coach with the Denver Broncos.

"As a former player, then having the privilege to coach at my alma mater, I can’t thank Bronco Nation enough for the support throughout the years," Huff said in a statement released by Boise State. "Although I am excited about this new opportunity, I will sincerely miss the players, coaches, administration and fans that have made Boise State such a special place for myself and my family."

The timing couldn't be worse for Boise State, which opens spring practice on Monday. Offensive graduate assistant Nate Potter, a former Boise State and NFL offensive lineman, likely will serve as the interim offensive line coach and could be a candidate for the full-time spot as well.

Boise State also must replace three All-Mountain West offensive linemen from 2016. The two returning starters, Archie Lewis and Mason Hampton, both will miss the spring due to injuries.

The departure of Huff means the Broncos are down to just three assistant coaches from Harsin's first year at Boise State in 2014 - Andy Avalos, Kent Riddle and Steve Caldwell.

Check back to BlueTurfSports.com for more on this story throughout the afternoon...

 

B.J Rains has covered Boise State athletics for the Idaho Press since 2013. He is an Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll voter, and also contributes to KBOI-TV as a Boise State insider.

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