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#29 Kellen Huston
Position: Cornerback
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
City/State: Ankeny, Iowa
High School: Ankeny
  • 2004 Second-Team ESPN the Magazine CoSIDA Academic All-American
  • Two-Time First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2003, 2004)
  • 2004 CoSIDA Academic All-District VII Team
  • Five-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
  • Five-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)

2004 (Senior)
Kellen Huston was a significant contributor to both Nebraska’s defensive and special teams units during his final two seasons as a Husker. He served as the starting holder for NU’s place-kicking unit for his junior and senior seasons, while becoming the first reserve defensive back off the bench in most games in 2004.

Huston appeared in every game during his senior season as Nebraska’s fifth defensive back. He was listed as the No. 2 left cornerback behind NFL first-round draft pick Fabian Washington, and he made his first-ever start at Texas Tech, a game in which the Huskers featured six defensive backs in its opening defensive alignment. His 12 pass breakups ranked second on the team behind Washington (15), and they tied for the seventh-best single-season total in NU history. Huston also recorded career highs in tackles (38), tackles for loss (two) and quarterback hurries (four).

Huston was also one of Nebraska’s all-time great scholar-athletes. He became NU’s 219th academic All-American in December of 2004 when he was named to the University Division Second-Team defense by ESPN the Magazine and CoSIDA. Huston earned his undergraduate degree in pre-medicine/exercise science in December of 2004 and attended medical school at the University of Iowa.

2003 (Junior)
Huston played in 12 games and served as the starting holder. He also saw significant time on NU's coverage units and as a reserve defensive back. Huston was nearly flawless in his holding duties, helping David Dyches to a freshman record 14 field goals and a perfect 32-of-32 performance on PATs. Huston had a 15-yard gain on a fake field goal at Colorado that set up a touchdown to give NU a 21-10 second-quarter lead. Huston finished the year with five tackles, including a 10-yard sack against Troy State. He made a fourth-quarter interception to preserve Nebraska's 28-0 shutout of Iowa State.

2002 (Sophomore)
Huston played in seven games as a reserve defensive back and on special teams. He made two assisted tackles, one each against Troy State and Mississippi.

2001 (Redshirt Freshman)
Huston played in two games with a solo tackle against Iowa State.

2000 (Redshirt)
A walk-on, Huston redshirted in his first year at Nebraska.

Before Nebraska (Ankeny HS)
Huston was a versatile performer for Coach Jerry Pezzetti at Ankeny High, where Huston played quarterback, running back, safety and handled kicking and punting duties. Huston was a two-time all-conference selection and a team captain in 1999. A member of the National Honor Society and an academic all-conference pick, Huston also lettered three times in track.

Personal
Huston is the son of Emmett and Terry Huston and was born on Jan. 25, 1982. Kellen earned second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in December of 2004 and was a two-time first-team academic All-Big 12 selection. He was a 10-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll member, graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.90. He earned his bachelor's degree in pre-medicine/exercise science in December of 2004.

Huston's Career Statistics

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Tackles

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QB

Int.

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

2000

Redshirt

2001

2/0

1

0

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0 0 0 0 0

2002

7/0

0

2

2

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

2003

12/0

2

3

5

1-10

1.0-10

0-0

0

0

1

0

0

2004

11/1

24

14

38

2-2

0-0

0-0

0

12

0

4

0

Totals

32/1

27

19

46

3-12

1.0-10

0-0

0

12

1

4

0

2002 Rose Bowl vs. Miami: Tackles, none
2002 Independence Bowl vs. Ole Miss: Tackles, 1 UT, 0 AT, 1 TT
2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State: Tackles, none

Single-Game Bests
Tackles- 6
vs. Pittsburgh, 2004
Solo Tackles- 4
 vs. Pittsburgh, 2004
Tackles For Loss- 1, Three times

Sacks- 1 vs. Troy State, 2003
Interceptions- 1 vs.
 Iowa State, 2003
QB Hurries- 1, Four times in 2004

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