CAREER: Punishing running back has been used at halfback and fullback as well as receiver out of backfield ... started six of 34 games played for Irish and rushed 253 times for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns ... added 303 yards on 36 receptions ... has three games of at least 100 rushing yards and one multi-TD game ... enters fall ready to compete for playing time with Armando Allen, Jonas Gray and Cierre Wood at tailback and could also be used as a fullback.
2009 (JUNIOR): Participated in 11 games (did not play against Pittsburgh), starting in two of those contests at running back (Washington State and Navy) ... played fullback early in year when James Aldridge was lost to injury but returned to running back when Aldridge was healthy ... gained 416 yards and averaged 4.7 yards on 88 carries with team-best five rushing touchdowns ... added 193 yards on 19 receptions ... opened season with six carries for 20 yards against Nevada ... saw extensive action against Purdue, netting 68 yards and a TD on 15 carries ... rushed eight times for 70 yards and a TD against Washington, including season-best 37-yard scamper ... his TD against Huskies came in overtime and helped win the game for the Irish ... rushed six times for 17 yards and a TD against USC ... his TD against USC was from two yards and knotted game 7-7 ... earned first start of season against Washington State, rushing career-high 24 times for 131 yards along with catching four passes for 51 yards ... rushed seven times for 20 yards with a TD and set career highs with six catches for 59 yards following week against Navy ... concluded season rushing 13 times for 74 yards and caught four passes for 50 yards against Stanford ... received 118:10 of playing time with one appearances on special team.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 12 of Notre Dame's 13 games (did not play vs. Syracuse) and started in three contests (Michigan, Michigan State and Hawai'i) ... one of two Irish running backs (also Armando Allen) to amass 100 carries on the year ... carried the ball 112 times for 382 yards (3.4 avg.) and four touchdowns ... tallied 86 all-purpose yards (54 rushing, 32 receiving) on 19 touches (16 rushing, three receiving), good for 4.5 yards a touch in the season opening win vs. San Diego State ... garnered first start of the 2008 campaign (second of career) vs. Michigan ... recorded his first multi-touchdown game of his Notre Dame career ... totaled 19 rushes for 79 yards (4.2 per carry) to lead to the two TDs ... registered his fifth career TD giving the Irish a 7-0 lead over the Wolverines at 11:52 of the first quarter ... added his second rushing TD of 2008 and sixth of his career to give Notre Dame a 28-10 lead with 8:47 to go in second quarter ... pounded out 26 yards on the ground on nine carries in victory vs. Purdue ... tallied the longest reception of his career (15 yards) against North Carolina ... rushed the ball four times for 19 yards, as well as catching one pass out of the backfield for five yards in victory at Washington ... totaled 25 yards on the ground on eight carries, including a nine yard burst vs. Pittsburgh ... averaged six yards per carry (three for 18 yards) at Boston College ... compiled his best day of the season in victory vs. Navy ... amassed 64 yards on 13 carries (4.9 avg.) and added a four-yard reception against the Midshipmen ... also tallied his third TD on the campaign ... started for the third time on the year (fourth in career) in Hawai'i Bowl victory ... amassed 82 all-purpose yards (55 rush, 27 receiving) and scored Notre Dame's first of seven TDs against Hawai'i ... logged 108:15 of playing time with two special-teams appearances.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Recorded the best average yards per rush on the team (5.5), the second-most rushing touchdowns (four) and the third-highest rushing yards total (294) ... used primarily in short-yardage situations early in the season, then exploded onto the scene in the final two games when used as the primary running back ... rushed for 246 yards on 35 carries with two TDs in the final two contests ... became the first Notre Dame freshman running back to eclipse 100 rushing yards in consecutive weeks since Allen Pinkett in 1982 ... caught three passes for 17 yards including a long reception of 13 yards ... played in 11 games during freshman season in the Irish backfield (did not play at UCLA) ... against Michigan State carried the ball six times for 33 yards and a TD ... carried the ball once vs. Navy for a three-yard TD ... had a break-out game against Duke carrying the ball 17 times for a game-high 110 yards and a TD ... included a 33-yard scamper and also caught a pass for 13 yards vs. Duke ... continued his dominance the next week at Stanford, running for career-high 136 yards on 18 carries ... the 136 rushing yards were the most by a Notre Dame player all year and the best rushing total by an Irish running back since Darius Walker gained 162 yards vs. Army in `06 ... achieved Notre Dame's longest play from scrimmage for the 2007 season when he broke loose for a 45-yard run in the first quarter ... scored the game-winning TD with under six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter ... logged 39:39 with 35 special-teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected for 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... named first-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune after rushing for 1,780 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior ... helped lead Hubbard to an 8-3 season and reached the second round of the state playoffs in his senior season ... named to the Best of the Midwest team by the Detroit Free Press as the 14th-best prospect and number four running back on the list ... listed as one of 12 running backs, along with teammate Armando Allen, on National 100 list by Fort Worth Star-Telegram ... named one of the top 50 high school seniors by Street & Smith's and one of six running backs named to its All-America team ... rated the ninth-best running back in the nation by Scout.com and the second-best prospect in Illinois by the recruiting service ... Rivals.com rates him the third-best player in Illinois, 14th-best running back prospect in the country and 77th-best player in the nation ... rated the 13th-best running back in the nation by Tom Lemming ... one of 11 Notre Dame signees chosen to the ESPN 150 list ... rated 96th-best overall prospect nationally - and 15th among running backs, 17th-best player in the Midwest - on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News SchoolSports ... one of top 33 running backs nationally on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview ... ran for 1,920 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior, adding 71 tackles and five sacks at nose tackle while helping Hubbard reach the Class 6A state semifinals ... rushed for 1,000 yards as a freshman and 1,034 yards as a sophomore to earn all-area honors ... played for coach Elton Harris at Hubbard ... uncle E.J. Jones played running back for the Kansas City Chiefs in `85 and attended Chicago Vocational H.S. (same high school as Chris Zorich) ... son of Earl Reed and Blanchie Reed ... born June 21, 1989 ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology.
Hughes' Career Statistics