Hughes tops the nation with 11 sacks while tying for the top spot in the country with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. His 14 tackles for loss are tied for second, just behind Penn State's Aaron Maybin (14.5). Hughes also has two interceptions, including one returned 24 yards for a touchdown.
Following his four sacks and two forced fumbles in a 32-7 win over BYU, Hughes was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America/Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Twice this season, he has been selected as the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Hughes was recently added to the watch list for the 2008 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation's best defensive player.
Hughes has been instrumental in TCU leading the nation in run defense (21.0 yards per game), total defense (218.6), sacks (33) and fewest first downs allowed per game (11.6). The Horned Frogs are also third in scoring defense (10.9 points per game).
A junior from Sugar Land, Texas, Hughes was a tailback at Austin High School. He rushed for 1,412 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior while adding 215 yards receiving and three scores. He also returned kicks.