- 6' 0
- 198 lbs.
- High School/Other
- Terre Haute North Vigo
- Terre Haute, Ind.
Updated: January 19, 2016
2013 Second-Team All-ACC (ACSMA and Coaches)
2012 USA Today All-Bowl
2012 ESPN.com All-Bowl
2015-16: Played in 13 games ... Finished his career with a school record 12,962 punting yards ... Had 70 punts for an average of 42.9 yards per punt ... Had 15 punts of 50 yards or longer ... Had 23 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 18 punts fair caught ... Punted seven times for a 43.1 average against Ohio State ... Punted four times for a 39.8 average against Furman ... Punted five times for a 41.6 yard average at Purde ... Averaged 39.2 yards per punt on five attempts at East Carolina ... Averaged 45.2 yards per punt on five attempts against Pittsburgh ... Had six punts for a 45.7 yard average against NC State ... Punted twice for a 49.5 yard average at Miami ... Had seven punts for a 45.4 yard average against Duke ... Averaged 40.6 yard per punt on seven punts at Boston College ... Had five punts for a 44.6 yard average at Georgia Tech ... Had five punts for a 40.8 yard average against North Carolina ... Had eight punts for a 43.5 yard average at Virginia ... Had four punts for a 40.3 average against Tulsa in the Independence 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, and also kicked off eight times 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 Dec. 7, 1993 in Jasper, In. … Son of Reed and Lynn Hughes … Majoring in marketing management.