Hughes Prepared for Home Finale

Senior safety Jay Hughes will take part in senior day on Saturday, but Hughes has not totally closed the door on potentially seeking a medical redshirt and playing a sixth season. Law school lies ahead for Hughes, but for now he is focused on the Bulldogs next opponents.

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When asked about what stands out about the Vanderbilt offense, Hughes did not hesitate with his response.

"The tight ends are probably their biggest threat to us," said Hughes. "They are pretty big and they know how to go up and get the ball.

"We will definitely key in on those guys."

With a win this Saturday, Mississippi State will head to Oxford 10-1 with a shot to play in the SEC Championship game should the Bulldogs win over Ole Miss and Auburn find a way to upset Alabama.

The Bulldogs remain in the thick of things for some might big prizes should they continue to win.

"I think we're close," said Hughes. "We are comfortable with where we are. Obviously, we are going to try to maintain and win these games week in and week out. We're just taking things one game at a time."

The Bulldogs could finish the regular season slate 11-1, with their lone loss coming to Alabama who is ranked #1 in the college football playoff poll. Despite the strength of that resume, some of the college football pundits are quick to dismiss the Bulldogs.

"ESPN they do a good job of not including us in a whole lot of things that they have going," said Hughes. "We're not their favorite, but we know that already. It doesn't even matter."

Hughes has been able to share his college experience with his father, Mississippi State safeties coach, Tony Hughes. The pair have a very strong bond, but the younger Hughes reports that the experience has been rewarding.

"With us being in the meeting room week in and week out and day after day and just going into his office to watch film, I think it has definitely helped our relationship with each other," said Hughes. "When we step into this building it's all business. I know it and he does too."

Jay played his first regular season high school football game for the Oxford Chargers. Now a fifth year senior, Hughes will play his final regular season college game back in Oxford when Mississippi State takes on arch-rival Ole Miss next Saturday.

In many ways, life has come full circle for the talented safety.

"It's definitely changed a lot," said Hughes. "The whole coaching deal is so crazy. One year, you're in one place and another year you're in another place.

"I know a lot of people up there and I have a lot of connections. The game next week is definitely going to mean a lot to me."

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