Dallas Colleges: Jerry Hughes

Report: 3 ex-TCU football players arrested

July, 17, 2011
According to a report on WFAA.com, former Cowboys linebacker Stephen Hodge and current Indianapolis Colts defensive end Jerry Hughes were among three former TCU football players arrested early Sunday for suspicion of public intoxication at a downtown Dallas nightclub.

Cory Grant, a two-year starter for the Horned Frogs who was a senior last season, was also arrested, according to the report.

Hodge was a sixth-round Cowboys draft pick in 2009 but never played for Dallas because of knee injuries. The team reached in injury settlement with Hodge in November 2010.

Hughes was a two-time All-American for TCU and was a first-round pick by the Colts in 2010. He appeared in 12 games as a rookie, making six tackles.

TCU safety's steals net him MWC award

September, 13, 2010
TCU Horned Frogs safety Alex Ibiloye forced three fumbles and added a team-high tying nine tackles in TCU's 62-7 win over Tennessee Tech to earn the Mountain West Conference's Defensive Player of the Week award.

The senior from Garland became the first Horned Frog to force more than one fumble in a game since Jerry Hughes forced two against BYU in 2008. The senior safety also notched 1.5 tackles for a loss of five yards, while helping TCU limit the Golden Eagles to 11 first downs and 150 yards of total offense.

TCU: 1st-round pick to redshirt freshman?

September, 3, 2010
Any time TCU coach Gary Patterson's defense is mentioned in terms of returning seven starters, Patterson stops it right there and says, yeah, but try to replace an NFL first-round draft pick.

He's talking, of course, about Indianapolis Colts first-round pick defensive end Jerry Hughes, who was only the second two-time consensus All-American in TCU history as the Horned Frogs topped the nation in total defense in each of the past two seasons.

So who replaces the irreplacable Hughes at left end in Saturday's opener at Cowboys Stadium that pits the No. 6 Frogs against the No. 24 Oregon State Beavers?

How about redshirt freshman Stansly Maponga? The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder out of Hebron (Carrollton) High School has put on 20 pounds since last season and he'll join three seniors on the defensive line, two of whom -- tackle Cory Grant and right end Wayne Daniels -- were all-MWC performers last season.

"We're not scared to play young players here," Patterson said this week.

Maponga actually moved to defensive tackle in the spring, but his speed around the edge made him a better fit at end and during fall camp he beat out 6-6, 272-pound junior Braylon Broughton for the starting job.

"I'm really excited about Stansly Maponga," Patterson said. "He's very physical for his age. Him and Braylon Broughton, I think as they keep going, they'll become very good defensive ends by the middle of the season, if they're not already."

Patterson: "Don't think we have a Hughes"

August, 4, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Replacing an All-American defensive end like Jerry Hughes is never easy, but according to TCU coach Gary Patterson, they will just keep plugging in players to a system that works.

"I was wondering if I'd ever have a team like the 2008 team," Patterson said. "We lost seven starters that started clear back when we beat Adrian Peterson and Oklahoma. I was like, 'How in the heck are we going to replace those guys?' Then all of the sudden a Jerry Hughes takes a Tommy Blake's place, and [linebackers] Daryl Washington and Tank Carder took Robert Henson and Jason Phillips' place.

"That's our whole thing, and I think we're finally starting to get a little closer to it, what we try to do is not be a good football team every once in awhile, but a good program. And that's what good programs do--the next guy just steps up and finds a way."

However, Patterson said this year he won't have a pass rushing threat like Hughes (11.5 sacks last year). Hughes graduated and was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

"I don't think we have a Jerry Hughes on our team at defensive end," Patterson said. "But we have all the rest [of the defense] coming back, and all the rest of them are a year older of playing, and so all the rest of them might be able to make up for [the loss of] Jerry Hughes."

Patterson and a handful of his players talked to media at TCU's Reporting Day luncheon on Wednesday. Senior defensive tackle Cory Grant said someone will step up and help the defense transition.

"Every year you're going to have something different," Grant said. "It was Jerry Hughes last year and the year before that. Now we're just going to need that guy to stand up, and we never know who it's going to be. It could be somebody who's expected to be or someone who is not. Only time will tell and two-a-days is the beginning point for that."

Patterson said earlier this summer he may consider running the defensive ends by committee, as senior Wayne Daniels will still take a lot of snaps on the right, but the left side will be filled with some combination of senior Clarence Leatch, junior Braylon Broughton, sophomore Ross Forrest and redshirt freshman Stansly Maponga.

Carder said everyone in the blitz packages will need to step up to create pressure, but he isn't worried.

"I'm sure with [Hughes] leaving, somebody else wants to step into his role, whether it's Wayne Daniels, Kelly Griffin or Cory Grant," Carder said. "I'm sure everybody will step up, and there won't be just one monster on the defensive line, we'll all be monsters."

Three Frogs sign NFL free-agent deals

April, 25, 2010
TCU Horned Frogs long snapper Clint Gresham and cornerback Rafael Priest are free-agent additions to the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, while
offensive tackle Nic Richmond is headed to the San Diego Chargers.

When combined with draft picks Jerry Hughes (first round, Indianapolis Colts), Daryl Washington (second round, Arizona Cardinals) and Marshall Newhouse (fifth round, Green Bay Packers), TCU will have six players from its 2009 team in NFL camps this summer.

In his nine seasons as TCU's head coach, Gary Patterson has had 47 players sign NFL contracts.

Kindle, Hughes make good examples

April, 13, 2010
ESPN's Tedy Bruschi and Marcellus Wiley know a little bit about rushing the passer. And as you can see in the video below, they are impressed with the technique of Texas' Sergio Kindle and TCU's Jerry Hughes.

TCU's Hughes to be honored Saturday

January, 22, 2010
TCU's two-time All-American Jerry Hughes will be presented with the Lott Trophy at halftime of the TCU men's basketball game against UNLV at 5 p.m. Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Hughes won the award, given to the defensive player with the most impact, last month.

Presenting ESPN.com's All-American team

January, 14, 2010
Ivan Maisel presents ESPN.com's 2009 NCAA Football All-American team, which includes TCU's Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington.

Four Frogs headed to NFL combine

January, 9, 2010
Four TCU players -- deep snapper Clint Gresham, defensive end Jerry Hughes, offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse and linebacker Daryl Washington -- will attend the NFL combine Feb. 24 - March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Gresham, from Corpus Christi, is the latest addition to that group (he accepted his invitation Friday) and probably the least known. He's been the short and long snapper in every game the last three seasons. He started his career at Oklahoma, but transferred to TCU. He was a walk-on before earning a scholarship.

TCU already has a recent long snapper in the NFL in Jared Retkofsky, who just finished his second season with the Steelers. He attended the NFL combine in 2007.

Some random TCU-Fiesta Bowl thoughts

January, 5, 2010
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As I sit here back at the hotel, a few things are running through my mind. So here are my thoughts. I welcome yours.

* I never expected TCU to come out nervous. When it came to big games this season, TCU was ready. BYU. Utah. They crushed those teams, jumping on them from the start. But the Frogs honestly looked a little scared on Monday. That surprised me.

* TCU's defense gave up 10 points. But it was not one of their best games. Boise State wide receivers were open (against a depleted secondary dealing with injuries) and quarterback Kellen Moore had way too much time to make decisions. TCU couldn't get enough pressure on him and he did enough to win the game.

* The fake punt was a good call. But it's what happened after that they cost TCU. The defense just seemed to go flat. They had worked so hard to stop them and force the punt and one 29-yard play altered the feel of the game. After the fake punt, Boise State was able to move it right down.

* One loss does not take away an entire season. I saw plenty of disappointed Frog fans. That's understandable. But this is still a top-10 team and it's one that should be ranked in the top-1o to start 2010. They didn't play well on Monday and still had a chance to tie the game. Heck, the tying touchdown pass was dropped with less than five minutes left.

* 2010, though, just got tougher. Boise State will be on TCU's radar screen the whole season. Why? Because the Broncos will start in front of TCU in 2010 and they have a tougher nonconference schedule with Virginia Tech on it. So if Boise State and TCU go undefeated, it's likely Boise State would stay in front. We'll see.

* I do think TCU will use this loss as motivation. That was a depressed locker room. And I understand the mood didn't change once the team got back to the team hotel tonight (they won't depart until tomorrow for Fort Worth). This will be just like that Utah game from 2008.

* Don't worry about Andy Dalton. He had a bad game. But he's mature beyond his years and I don't think this will impact him next season at all. He'll come out and play well. He didn't get much help from his receivers on Monday, either. I know Dalton threw the three picks -- one was particularly costly. But several receivers dropped big passes (including the TD pass late).

* I was also surprised TCU couldn't run the ball. Boise State's rush defense was not that great all season (Fresno State and Nevada ran on them). I thought TCU could have tried to run the ball more on Monday, too. They kind of helped make themselves one-dimensional. But give Boise State credit for that too.

* TCU sure will miss Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington. Both have good NFL careers in front of them.

* One final note: From a guy that has watched TCU football for years, this program sure has come a long way from 1-10 in 1997, the year before Dennis Franchione and Gary Patterson arrived. Enjoy that, Frog fans. There's no reason to think TCU can't find a way to get back to a BCS bowl next year.

TCU's Newhouse in East-West Shrine Game

January, 4, 2010
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- TCU offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse accepted his invite to the East-West Shrine Game, which is in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 23.

Newhouse has started all but one game for TCU over the last three seasons in becoming a critical member of the Frogs' offensive line.

Newhouse isn't the only Frog playing in some of these postseason games. Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington are playing in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30.

Hughes, Washington in Senior Bowl

January, 3, 2010
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes and linebacker Daryl Washington accepted invitations to play in the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 30.

The game is televised live on NFL Network.

Hughes, a two-time consensus All-American, has 15 tackles for loss, including 11.5 sacks this season. He led the nation with 15 sacks and six forced fumbles last year.

Washington leads the 2009 Frogs with 99 tackles, including 7.5 for loss. He also has a team-high three interceptions.

A few Fiesta Bowl notes

January, 1, 2010
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Happy New Year, everyone. For those TCU fans (and Boise State, for that matter) getting ready to head out to Arizona, you can expect beautiful weather. I just got here and it's quite nice.

Temperatures are in the high 60s now with blue skies. It's certainly good weather to practice outside and get ready for Monday's Fiesta Bowl.

I'll be here blogging as much as I possibly can the next four days leading up to the Fiesta Bowl. Both teams will practice tomorrow and then the two coaches talk to the media one final time on Sunday before Monday's big game.

A few quick notes:

* Defensive back Rafael Priest has a sprained foot. TCU coach Gary Patterson said it was "possible" Priest could play, but I wouldn't bet on it. Patterson is confident Greg McCoy can handle things.

"Through the season we have had guys step up," Patterson said. "Robert Hanson last year wasn't able to play in the Poinsettia Bowl and Daryl Washington had to start. He ended up having a great season for us this year. That's what good programs do. You've got to move forward."

* Boise State formally announced a contract extension for coach Chris Petersen. It's a five-year deal that takes him through 2014. And well-deserved, I might add.

* Boise State will probably play Brenel Myers at right tackle in place of the injured Garrett Pendergast, who has a broken ankle. Myers' job won't be an easy one: Contain TCU All-American defensive end Jerry Hughes.

* Boise State WR Austin Pettis, nephew of Rangers first-base coach Gary Pettis, remains questionable with an ankle injury. But he could still end up holding on kicks. Hunter White, though, is ready.

* TCU will practice tomorrow afternoon and it's closed to the public and the media. Patterson indicated today that he's getting his team to take off the shoulder pads and allowing them to get a break from some of the physical stuff. This is something TCU has done in the middle of game week all season and something Patterson feels has helped his team's stamina.

Fiesta talk: TCU's Jerry Hughes

January, 1, 2010
TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes talked to the media on Thursday. Hughes, you'll note, isn't sure whether to expect a high-scoring or low-scoring game. Here's what he had to say:

"It always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL. I’m very blessed and fortunate to have that opportunity. Right now, it’s all about TCU winning the Fiesta Bowl. After all that happens, moving on to the NFL.

"Our biggest challenge is probably to stop their offense. That offense has a lot of players. We have to adjust and watch for the trick plays. We have to focus in and stay on our keys. Also, be able to play the game fast. Both teams are great on both sides of the ball. They have a great special teams, offense and defense. We’re the same way.

"It’s going to be a barnburner, you know. We’re going to bring our A game. They’re going to bring their A game. It might just be one of those low-scoring games again. We’re going to go out there and play four quarters of hard-nose football. It doesn’t matter on what stage, both teams are going out there to play hard. You have to respect Boise State because they’ve been here before and they know how to handle things."

More accolades for TCU players, Patterson

December, 15, 2009
The Sporting News, in a nod to TCU's stellar defense, selected three TCU Horned Frogs defenders to its 2009 All-American teams.

Defensive end Jerry Hughes, with 11.5 sacks, made the first team. Linebacker Daryl Washington was selected to the second team and cornerback Rafael Priest is on the third team. TCU's defense is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Meanwhile, coach Gary Patterson picked up another national coach of the year award, winning the George Munger award. Patterson has the No. 3 Frogs (AP top 25, No. 4 in BCS) headed to the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 4 to take on No. 6 Boise State.