An exceptional lock-down cornerback who has been the defensive star of the Golden Bears all season ... second all-time at Cal with 15 interceptions ... had four career interception returns for touchdowns ... selected to play in the 2007 Senior Bowl.
2006: The Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year ... the recipient of the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy for the top defensive player in the nation who exhibits leadership and integrity on and off the field ... first-team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation, the American Football Coaches Association, SI.com, The Sporting News and Rivals.com ranked third in the nation with eight interceptions and fifth in the country with 19 passes defended ... second on the team with 72 tackles (37 solo) ... had seven tackles and broke up a pass against USC ... led the Bears with 10 tackles, three pass break-ups and an interception against UCLA ... intercepted a key pass in the end zone, while adding six tackles, against Washington ... intercepted a pass against Washington State to go with three tackles and a pass breakup ... had four tackles against Oregon while holding Jaison Williams to just 66 receiving yards (he had entered the game with 115.5 per game) ... recorded a team-high 11 tackles and two interceptions against Arizona State, including one INT return for a TD ... returned an interception for a 30-yard touchdown against Portland State ... snared two interceptions against Minnesota while also tallying six tackles and a pass break-up ... preseason All-American by eight different publications, including first team All-America by ESPN.com and Playboy.
2005: Led the Pac-10 with 17 passes defended, including 12 break-ups ... ranked second in the league with five interceptions and ranked No. 16 nationally in that category ... finished fourth on the squad with 62 tackles ... returned his five interceptions for 159 yards, including a 41-yarder for a touchdown at Washington ... had two interceptions in the shutout of Arizona and a 59-yard interception return at New Mexico State ... his INT against BYU on the Cougars' final possession clinched Cal's victory in the Las Vegas Bowl ... had a season-best 10 tackles and broke up two passes against top-ranked USC ... blocked a kick and had three pass break-ups against Washington State ... forced a fumble against Stanford.
2004: Started at cornerback in 11 of 12 games as a sophomore ... club's 12th-leading tackler with 26 stops, including 21 unassisted ... tied for second on team in passes broken up with six ... starred in the Big Game vs. Stanford, breaking up four passes and recording a pair of solo tackles ... also broke up passes at Air Force and Oregon State ... tallied three four-tackle games - at Air Force, vs. Arizona State and in the Holiday Bowl vs. Texas Tech.
2003: Bears' most productive true freshman, starting five games at cornerback and tying for the team lead with two interceptions ... had 30 tackles (25 solo) and recovered one fumble while playing in all 14 games ... his first interception of his career came against Oregon State, a pick he returned 72 yards for a touchdown ... his second interception came against Washington at the Cal 6-yard line, staving off a possible Husky scoring drive ... credited with three tackles in the Insight Bowl against Virginia Tech ... recipient of the Bob Simmons Award as the team's most valuable freshman.
High School: Ranked No. 79 on the California Top 100 list and No. 41 on the Athletes list nationwide by Rivals.com ... named to the SuperPrep All-Far West team and PrepStar's All-West squad following a senior season that produced impressive statistics on both sides of the ball ... rushed for 600 yards and chalked up 720 yards receiving, while scoring a combined 15 touchdowns as a senior ... also registered 48 tackles and 10 interceptions at defensive back in 2002 ... made the Los Angeles Times all-region team and was named the Coliseum League Co-Player of the Year ... also voted runner-up Southern California Prep Player of the Year and Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention ... regarded as the 11th-best cornerback in the West by PacWest/TheInsiders.com ... as a junior, earned all-league and all-city honors after rushing for more than 1,500 yards and adding another 520 yards receiving .. also gathered 49 tackles, five interceptions and two sacks at defensive back ... competed two years in basketball and track, and one season in tennis.
Personal: Known by his middle name of Dante to friends and family ... parents are Ronald and Catana Hughes ... born Aug. 21, 1985 ... art practice major.
Hughes' Final Career Defensive Stats