Now he's looking for any way possible to get on the field.
Pugh, a transfer from Georgia, recently switched from cornerback to receiver.
"I asked to be moved," he said. "It's really late in the process, of course, so I'm just trying to pick up everything I can and learn as much as I can."
Instead, he found himself buried on the depth chart.
"I wasn't really getting any reps at DB, so I figured maybe I ought to try something else," he said. "Worst case, I'd be in the same situation."
Pugh was mainly a defensive player in high school, too, although he did get on the field a bit as a running back.
He still has two years of eligibility, however, so Pugh is hoping the change will be one that leads him to getting on the field on game day.
"I'm just trying to pick up everything I can and learn as much as I can," he said. "Maybe I'll get a shot, maybe not, but I think it was worth moving.
"I've just got to find a way to move forward. I definitely wanted to give it a shot. I'm looking forward to learning the position and soaking up as much as I can."