Mountain West Football Top 50: No. 44, UNLV DT Mike Hughes Jr.
UNLV’s Mike Hughes is next on our countdown of the Mountain West’s 50 best football players.
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The rebuilt Rebels defense will benefit from the productive star they return in the trenches.
UNLV was tested often on both sides of the ball in 2016, and while they return just two defensive starters coming into the fall, the latest member of the Mountain West Wire football top 50 has a chance to make a significant impact.
The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Hughes Jr. was an all-conference honorable mention pick last year, collecting two sacks and 37 tackles while spearheading a run defense that proved surprisingly stout: UNLV finished right near the national average in yards per carry allowed (4.63). According to UNLV’s team site, Hughes was also the Rebels’ first defender on a preseason all-conference team since 2009, making him a player to watch on a team that appears to be on the rise this fall.