The Walter Camp All-America team is selected by the head coaches and media relations directors of the 119 Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Hughes and the other members of the 2008 Walter Camp All-America team will be honored at the organization's national awards banquet on Jan. 17, 2009 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Conn.
Hughes tops the nation with a Mountain West Conference-record 14 sacks and six forced fumbles. He also ranks in the top-10 nationally with 18.5 tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. Additionally, he has two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.
A junior from Sugar Land, Texas, Hughes was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Earlier this month, he was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
Hughes tied an MWC-record by being a three-time MWC Defensive Player of the Week in 2008. He also earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Trophy after his four sacks and two forced fumbles in a 32-7 win over then-No. 8 BYU.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American Football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp, a former Yale University athlete and football coach, is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to 11 men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation, a New Haven based all-volunteer group, was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.