NOTE: To be eligible for the BF.C All-Decade Team the players must have played at least 50-percent of their careers this decade (2000-2009) at Oregon State. For the all-time letter winners visit OSUBeavers.com.
BF.C All-Decade Team
#36 | 5-11, 184
|Lettered at OSU: 2005-08|
|High school: Bloomington HS | Bloomington, IL|
2008 second team All-Pac-10, 2007 second team All-Pac-10, played in 2009
East-West Shrine Game
What others say: Oregon State cornerbacks coach Keith Heyward-Johnson - "He's smart and he's savvy. He was just won of those guys who led by example and was always working hard with with work etch. I'll miss that I don't have to repeat what I am saying all of the time; he' will just know what needs to get done on certain plays."
Career synopsis: Humbly starting his days in Corvallis as a receiver Brandon Hughes was switched from receiver to cornerback as a redshirt freshman and never looked back.
The days of his early college career were rough as Hughes was thrown to the wolves. Teams consistently exploited his inexperience in his underclassman years, but his positive attitude and competivie nature helped him through the trying times.
His diligence on the practice field and the weight room started to pay off as a junior.
Between his sophomore and junior years Hughes added 15-20 pounds of muscle making him a force to reckon with at the line of scrimmage. Although he was only 5-foot-10, 182-pounds Hughes had long arms and a powerful jab at the line of scrimmage.
He was one of the more physical players on the team and was not afraid to mix it up with anyone. Case in point came in 2007 when he made the initial hit on Cal running back Justin Forsett on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line to turn away the Bears from a first and goal situation.
As a senior Hughes continued to blossomed becoming a beast in run support and capable of locking down one side of the field. He entered the season on the Jim Thorpe Award and Lott Trophy watch lists.
Hughes, a co-team captain in 2008, earned second team all-conference honors as a junior and senior.
Career statistics: 178 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 27 pass breakups, three interceptions | 43 starts
Runner up: Terrell Roberts (1999-2002) - The fierce competitor lined up on the other side of the field with Dennis Weathersby and had to prove it each and every game as teams threw his way repeatedly. He stepped up on a weekly basis and is one of the most under rated OSU players in the last 10 years.
Others worth mentioning: Aric Williams (2000-04)