Jerry Hughes will always have the nasty factor going for him.
If he's facing double teams, you can be sure he won't be content to just take the special treatment and play passively. He's out to knock peoples heads off.
The TCU defensive end is a speed rush type in their 4-2-5 scheme. He could just as easily move to a 3-4 outside linebacker or be a stellar right end in the NFL. But sacking the passer is what brings him pleasure.
It also brings him attention. The same attention demanded by old University of South Florida player, George Selvie.
He led the nation with a Mountain West Conference single-season record 15 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, and tied for a national lead with five forced fumbles. He’s literally all over the field; finishing with three fumble recoveries, two interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown.
TCU always seems to pump-out very talented tweeners. But, I hope Jerry can break the trend of pro-level failure of former TCU defensive ends, Tommy Blake and Chase Ortiz.
A lot of his success will depend on the performance of defensive tackle Cody Moore, who is one of the most disruptive and underrated DT's in the country. He’s a brick wall against the run, and gets decent pressure in pass rushing situations.
After having a stellar High School career in Houston as an All-State running back, Hughes decided to stay close to home and attend TCU.
Since, Hughes has become a bonafide first round prospect. Whenever you have a player with that blend of size and speed, there's going to be team's salivating at the chance to add him.
He is the epitome of TCU football; an underdog attitude with the fight and heart of a champion. Look for him to have another break out year for the Horned Frogs.
The kid’s all world in my book; he brings it every game, practice, and plays with a huge chip on his shoulder. He's also a great teammate and leader who's taking the freshmen under his wing.
What does this mean?
Look for TCU to keep the tradition of producing great D-ends for years to come; and for Hughes to be remembered for a very long time.