Updated: January 28, 2015
2013 Second-Team All-ACC (ACSMA and Coaches)
2012 USA Today All-Bowl … 2012 ESPN.com All-Bowl
2014-15: Played in all 13 games … Was in on 135 plays as the primary punter … Battled through back pain much of the season, resulting in a lower average … Kicked 83 times for an average of 39.9 yards per punt … Had 22 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line and 20 punts fair caught … Had 13 punts of 50 yards or longer … Punted three times for a 46.3 yard average in the opener against William & Mary … Averaged 44.7 yards on six punts in the win at Ohio State … Punted eight times for a 40.8 yard average against East Carolina, landing two inside the 20 … Punted three times, placing two inside the 20 against Georgia Tech … Landed three of his five punts inside the 20 against Western Michigan … Punted seven times for a 40.0-yard average, landing four inside the 20 at North Carolina … Averaged 41.7 yards on seven punts at Pitt … Punted seven times for a 44.0 average against Miami … Averaged 43.9 yards per punt with a 60-yard long against Boston College… Threw a 10-yard pass on a fake punt play, also kicked off eight time for a 35.4 yard average at Duke … Punted nine times, landing two inside the 20 at Wake Forest … Landed three of his eight punts inside the 20 against Virginia … Punted five times against Cincinnati … Had back surgery in January to repair a slightly herniated disc.
2013-14: A second-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA and the coaches … An honorable mention sophomore All-American by College Football News … Played in all 13 games, logging 80 plays … Punted 78 times for an average of 44.1 yards, placing 24 inside the 20 with 22 punts of 50 yards or longer … Landed three of 13 punts inside the 20, averaging 45.1 yards against Alabama … Punted twice and averaged 43.0 yards against Western Carolina … Punted five times, landing two inside the 20, averaging 44.0 yards at East Carolina … Averaged 44.2 yards on five punts against Marshall … Placed three of six punts inside the 20, averaging 42.7 yards at Georgia Tech … Averaged 46.1 yards on eight punts in the win over North Carolina … Set a new career high, averaging 52.8 yards on four punts in the win over Pittsburgh … Punted three times for a 36.7 average against Duke … Averaged 46.7 yards on three punts at Boston College … Made a tackle and landed two of his five punts inside the 20 at Miami … Punted 10 times, setting a new career long of 64 yards against Maryland … Punted five times for a 44-yard average against Virginia … Punted nine times in the Sun Bowl for a 41.2-yard average … Had a long of 53 yards and a career-best five punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
2012-13: Played in all 13 games, serving as Tech’s punter for the entire year … Earned USA Today and ESPN.com all-bowl team honors … Averaged 40.6 yards on 76 punts for the year … Had a long of 53 yards with 22 inside the 20-yard line and 15 punts of 50 yards or longer … Punted six times for a 36.2-yard average and one touchback in the opener against Georgia Tech … Averaged 44.0 yards on five punts against Austin Peay … Punted four times for a 40.8-yard average, placing two inside the 20 against Pittsburgh … Punted six times for a 39.2-yard average against Bowling Green … Had a 45.9-yard average with a touchback on seven punts against Cincinnati … Landed one punt inside the 20, averaging 40.5 yards on four punts against Duke … Punted five times, landing two inside the 20 at Miami … Averaged 44.5 yards on six punts, landing three inside the 20 against Florida State … Punted seven times, placing two inside the 20 at Boston College, also making a tackle … Averaged 39.9 yards on nine punts, landing three inside the 20 against Virginia, adding one tackle. … Made a tackle and put four punts inside the 20, averaging 42.2 yards on 11 punts in the win over Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl … Averaged 42.8 yards on nine punts with a long of 53 yards during spring scrimmages … Punted six times for a 41.0 average in the spring game with a long of 50 yards.
High School: Lettered three times for Coach Chris Barrett at Terre Haute North Vigo High … An AP all-state selection his senior year … A Wabash Valley Coaches Association All-Star team member … Ranked the No. 11 punter in the nation by Kohls Kicking … Had a 74-yard punt his senior season and placed 50 percent of his punts inside the 20-yard line … Played at the same high school as starting New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford, who was part of the Super Bowl Championship squad … A multiple-time state qualifier in the pole vault on the indoor and outdoor track & field squad.
Personal: Joseph Andrew Hughes … Goes by “A.J.” … Born 12/7/93 in Jasper, IN … Son of Reed and Lynn Hughes … Majoring in marketing management.