The football team's Jerry Hughes has been named a first-team All-American by Rivals.com.
One of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player, Hughes, a defensive end, is also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Earlier this month, he was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
The junior from Sugar Land, Texas, tops the nation with an MWC-record 14 sacks and six forced fumbles. Hughes 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.
Hughes was 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.
Hughes anchors a TCU defense that is ranked No. 1 in the nation in run defense (48.7 yards per game) while placing second in total defense (215.1 yards per game) and scoring defense (10.9 points per game) and third in