"At the end of last year, I got a lot of honors and awards, but I didn't have the type of year I wanted to have," said Hughes, an all-conference selection last season. "This is the type of year I expect from myself. I'm a little more experienced, and I'm taking care of my body a little better."
Hughes' graceful skills are impressive, but his toughness is expected to make him a high NFL draft choice next April - perhaps the first cornerback taken, if his offseason workouts live up to his potential. He has become a physical leader of
When fellow starting cornerback Tim Mixon went down with a knee injury before the season opener, Hughes knew his responsibilities would increase. He has been a valuable mentor to Syd'Quan Thompson, the freshman who took over for Mixon. Hughes also has the benefit of going against