2009: Consensus All-American for the second consecutive season, becoming only the second player in TCU history to be a two-time consensus first-team All-American ... recipient of the Ted Hendricks Award and Lott Trophy ... finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award and Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ... semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and one of 15 "Players to Watch" (and one of just three on defense) for the 2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award ... Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-MWC selection for the second straight season ... invited to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine ... received a Local Hero Award from Bank of America for his work in the community ... took 18 academic hours in the Fall 2009 semester ... on pace to graduate in Spring 2010, in four years, with a degree in communications ... ranked as the No. 1 defensive end in the nation by Lindy's and Rivals ... topped TCU with 16 1/2 tackles for loss and 11 1/2 sacks ... fifth on the Horned Frogs with a career-high 58 tackles ... led the MWC and tied for ninth in the nation with 0.9 sacks per game ... closed his career with 1 1/2 tackles for loss in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ... totaled eight tackles, including 2 1/2 for loss with 1 1/2 sacks and three quarterback hurries in the 55-28 win over Utah ... began the year with a career-high 11 tackles, including 2 1/2 for loss with 1 1/2 sacks in a 30-14 victory at Virginia, earning him Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors ... came back the next week with three sacks in the 56-21 victory over Texas State ... recorded two sacks in a 44-6 win over Colorado State ... totaled eight tackles with two for loss and 1 1/2 sacks in the 39-14 decision over SMU ... had a sack and forced fumble in the 38-7 victory at BYU ... posted pass breakups versus San Diego State and New Mexico ... had six games with multiple tackles for loss and five games with multiple sacks.
2008: A 2008 consensus All-American ... named to All-America teams by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, Associated Press, ESPN.com, SI.com, CollegeFootballNews.com and Rivals.com ... one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy honoring the nation's top defensive player ... was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award ... a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award given to the best defensive player in college football ... named as one of 15 "Players to Watch" (and one of just five defensive players) for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's 2008 Player of the Year award ... led the nation with 15 sacks and six forced fumbles ... tied for eighth in the country with 19.5 tackles for loss while tying for ninth with three fumbles recoveries ... had two interceptions, including one returned 24 yards for a touchdown at SMU ... anchored the nation's top-ranked defense ... his final sack of the year, with five minutes to play in the Poinsettia Bowl, helped preserve the Horned Frogs' 17-16 victory over then-No. 9 Boise State ... it came with the Broncos having a third-and-8 at the TCU 12 and trailing 17-13 ... placed fifth on TCU with 52 tackles ... the 15 sacks set a Mountain West Conference record while ranking second at TCU behind only the 17 by Bo Schobel in 2003 ... Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-MWC selection ... a three-time Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week, tying the league record for most times receiving that award in a season ... the 113 yards lost on his 15 sacks broke Schobel's TCU record (101) from 2003 ... the 125 yards lost on 19.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage established another school mark ... set an MWC record with four sacks to go with two forced fumbles in a 32-7 win over then-No. 8 BYU ... his performance that night earned him National Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America/Bronko Nagurski Trophy ... was also the MWC Defensive Player of the Week ... a Midseason All-American by Sporting News ... started all 13 games ... began the year with his first MWC Defensive Player of the Week award in a 26-3 win at New Mexico ... totaled six tackles, including 1.5 for loss, with a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception ... his effort against the Lobos came in just his second collegiate start ... had a fumble recovery in each of the opening three games ... his second interception of the season was returned 24 yards for a touchdown in the 48-7 victory at SMU ... had two-sack games in wins over San Diego State, Colorado State and UNLV ... added a forced fumble against the Rebels in addition to tipping a pass that was intercepted by Robert Henson ... named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week at UNLV ... totaled 2.5 tackles for loss, including a sack, with a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the 31-14 victory over Stanford ... posted a season-best seven tackles at Oklahoma ... had a tackle for loss in all but one game and a sack in nine of 13 contests ... recorded four games with multiple sacks.
2007: Saw action in all 13 games ... made his first collegiate start in the 37-0 victory over New Mexico ... had a sack for a 13-yard loss as part of a career-high eight tackle s, including 1.5 for a loss, in a 21-7 win against SMU ... also had stops for negative yards at Texas and San Diego State ... recorded an interception on the game's opening series at Wyoming ... it was the first pick by a TCU defensive lineman since Chase Ortiz in the 2006 season opener at Baylor ... posted three stops versus Air Force, Colorado State and UNLV ... recorded two tackles in the 20-13 Texas Bowl win over Houston ... had at least one tackle in every contest.
2006: One of four true freshmen to see action ... his first collegiate sack went for a 9-yard loss in the 31-17 win at Army ... had a solo tackle against San Diego State ... assisted on a stop versus Air Force.
High School: A unanimous first-team All-District 20-5A selection at running back as a senior ... was also honorable mention 5A All-State ... rushed for 1,412 yards and 19 touchdowns ... totaled 215 yards receiving with three additional scores ... was also first-team all-district as a kick returner ... named to the Herald Coaster all-area team ... a second team Greater Houston Class 5-A All Area pick ... an Offensive Finalist of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Greater Houston ... selected as FB Austin's Offensive Most Valuable Player as well as garnering the Offensive Back-Receiver Award his senior year ... voted Most Athletic in his senior class ... a three-year letterman in football ... also lettered in baseball ... chose TCU over Arizona State, Baylor, Iowa State, Missouri and North Texas.
Personal: Parents are Jerry Hughes Sr. and Pam Hughes ... a communications major.
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