Adjusting to college can be tough for anyone. For a football player, it can be extremely difficult. Between practices, meetings, and team scheduled events, players sometimes forget why they are at school. For incoming gray shirt Ben Hughes, this won't be a problem. While he maybe was not part of the team this fall, he got himself acclimated with SMU by enrolling on his own dime in the fall.
While he wasn't practicing with the team, Hughes was working extremely hard in the fall. His weight increased from 255 to nearly 275.
"I would go into the weight room Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and would lift for about a hour and half. I would go upper body one day and rotate lower body the next," stated the freshman to PonyStampede.com. "Then I would condition either in the morning or right after I lifted. I'm just trying to get in condition to compete with these great starters. I still have to learn the offense, the coaches were really busy, and I wasn't allowed to go to meetings. So I'm excited for this off-season to get started, so I can really start learning the offense."
With Mitch Enright's graduation and Joey Fontana's knee injury, Hughes might be asked to help out on the offensive line faster than expected.
"Coach Jones philosophy is that they are going to play the best player whether it's a freshman or senior. It might not be me this year it might not be next year, but it could be. They are definitely looking for the best player," said Hughes. "I'm very excited. The attitude of these guys is that they want to win. I'm excited to finally be a part of that. This is a great group of guys and I'm going to enjoy finally being able to do what I love again.
A thee-star prospect coming out of Stephen F Austin HS, Hughes was the 6th rated center in the 2009 recruiting class.