POST CINCINNATI: Invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.
2011: Closed out the season with 51 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks, a pair of quarterback hurries and a blocked kick ... played some of his best football during UC's championship and Liberty Bowl run, tallying 27 tackles and four sacks over the last five games of the season ... the Bearcats were one of the most improved defenses in the nation in 2010, leading the NCAA FBS in tackles for a loss (8.62), ranking second in sacks (3.46), sixth in rushing defense (96.23) and 20th in scoring defense (20.31) ... opened the season with a pair of tackles against Austin Peay ... tallied eight stops and a tackle for a loss at Tennessee ... finished with three stops, including 1.5 for a loss against NC State ... had three tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss at Miami (OH) ... totaled three tackles against Louisville ... had a single stop at USF ... had four stops, including a pair of tackles for a loss at Pittsburgh ... had a season-high two sacks against West Virginia, also adding five tackles, two which went for a loss and a blocked kick ... had four stops and half a sack at Rutgers ... finished with a season high five solo tackles at Syracuse ... also added a sack ... set a season high with nine stops against Connecticut, adding a career-best four tackles for a loss and a sack ... tallied three tackles against Vanderbilt in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ... co-winner of the John Pease Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award ... also a co-winner of the Ray Sheakley Most Improved Leader Award at the team banquet.
2010: Had three tackles in the season opener at Fresno State.
2009: Saw action in all 13 games, earning the start in the season opener at Rutgers ... tallied 23 tackles, 6.0 tackles for a loss, a pair of sacks, and a quarterback hurry ... recorded a season-best four tackles at Miami (OH) and against West Virginia ... added a pair of tackles and 1.5 sacks at USF ... recorded multiple tackles in eight games.
2008: Started at defensive tackle in Eastern Kentucky game, finishing with two tackles ... played in 13 games, registering 20 tackles and two sacks on the year ... season-high three tackles came against Rutgers ... had a sack at Marshall ... wrapped up the regular season with an unassisted tackle at Hawai'i.
Lincoln High School: Received Associated Press All-Ohio, all-Ohio Capital Conference, all-district, and all-metro honors after his senior season ... averaged 18.2 yards per catch during his final campaign for the Golden Lions ... team captain totaled 58 stops for coach Mike Lanza's squad in 2006 ... competed in the Big 33 All-Star Game ... three-sport athlete ... had two top-eight showings in the state shot put competition.
John L. Hughes: Born April 27, 1988 ... grandson of Esther Hughes ... oldest of five brothers.
Academic Major: Criminal Justice.