Mike Hughes (American football)

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Mike Hughes
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Hughes at the trophy presentation for the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championship
No. 21 – Minnesota Vikings
Personal information
Born: (1997-02-11) February 11, 1997 (age 21)
New Bern, North Carolina
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:New Bern
(New Bern, North Carolina)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:22
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:0
Pass deflections:3
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Mike Hughes (born February 11, 1997) is an American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCF.

Early years[edit]

Hughes attended New Bern High School, where he lettered in football, track & field, and basketball. Hughes played quarterback at New Bern.[2] As a senior in 2014, Hughes passed for 1,263 yards and 10 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,355 yards and 22 more touchdowns, guiding his team to an undefeated season and an NCHSAA 4A state championship. He was named to the all-state team and played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Hughes was ranked the No. 3 cornerback in North Carolina and committed to the University of North Carolina to play college football.[3]

College career[edit]

Hughes played one year at North Carolina in 2015. In October 2015, he was suspended along with M. J. Stewart, and was charged with misdemeanor assault charges from an altercation that had occurred earlier that month.[4][5] He left the team after the season and transferred to Garden City Community College, where he spent a year.[6]

In 2017, Hughes transferred to the University of Central Florida (UCF)[7][8] and participated in UCF's undefeated national championship 2017 season.[a] Hughes made headlines with his game-sealing 95-yard kickoff return in the November 24, 2017, War on I–4 game against the South Florida Bulls,[12][13][14][15] with Orlando Sentinel writer Shannon Green remarking that the play saved the undefeated season for the Knights.[15]

Hughes left UCF after one season, deciding to forgo his senior year and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.[16]

Professional career[edit]

External video
Hughes' NFL Combine workout
Hughes gets drafted by Minnesota
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 18 in
(1.78 m)
189 lb
(86 kg)
30 78 in
(0.78 m)
8 34 in
(0.22 m)
4.53 s 1.58 s 2.68 s 4.13 s 6.70 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 7 in
(3.23 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Draft[17][18]

On April 26, 2018, the Minnesota Vikings selected Hughes in the first round, 30th overall, of the 2018 NFL Draft.[19] Hughes signed a four-year contract with the Vikings on July 19, 2018,[20][21][22][23] with St. Paul Pioneer Press writer Chris Tomasson reporting that Hughes had signed a $9.87 million deal with a signing bonus of $5.256 million and a 2018 salary-cap number of $1.794 million.[21][22][23] In his NFL debut, he recorded 28-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Vikings' 24–16 season-opening win over the San Francisco 49ers.[24] On October 14, 2018, in a Week 6 game against the Arizona Cardinals, Hughes suffered a torn ACL, prematurely ending his rookie season.[25][26]


  1. ^ "American Announces Fifth Anniversary Football Team". American Athletic Conference. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Hays, Chris. "Former coach: UCF transfer Mike Hughes is 'gift from God' for Knights". Orlando Sentinel.
  3. ^ Blake, J. Mike (December 22, 2014). "High school notebook: New Bern's Hughes picks UNC". Charlotte News Observer.
  4. ^ "UNC's Stewart, Hughes face misdemeanor assault charges". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. October 16, 2015.
  5. ^ Shanker, Jared (October 16, 2015). "Tar Heels suspend 2 corners following arrests". ESPN.
  6. ^ "Football: Hughes no longer on UNC football team". Sun Journal. February 29, 2016.
  7. ^ Hays, Chris (August 20, 2017). "Former coach: UCF transfer Mike Hughes is 'gift from God' for Knights". Orlando Sentinel.
  8. ^ Hays, Chris (August 18, 2017). "UCF adds experience in juco CB Mike Hughes to roster". Orlando Sentinel.
  9. ^ "2017 Rankings, Week 17". Colley Matrix. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  10. ^ "Football Bowl Subdivision Records" (PDF). NCAA. p. 109. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  11. ^ Seeley, Andy (January 10, 2018). "Knights Ranked No. 1 - UCF" (Press release). UCF Athletics.
  12. ^ Green, Shannon (November 30, 2017). "UCF playmaker Mike Hughes eager to finish strong in AAC title game". Orlando Sentinel.
  13. ^ Kercheval, Ben (November 25, 2017). "Three TDs in 53 seconds? UCF beats USF in college football's game of the year". CBS Sports.
  14. ^ Adelson, Andrea (November 25, 2017). "Inside the play: 95-yard kickoff return is the perfect ending for UCF's wild win". ESPN.com.
  15. ^ a b Green, Shannon (March 7, 2018). "ESPN analyst Todd McShay calls Mike Hughes 'difference-maker' in NFL". Orlando Sentinel.
  16. ^ McGuire, Kevin (January 8, 2018). "UCF CB and special teams returner Mike Hughes declares for NFL Draft". NBC Sports.
  17. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Mike Hughes". nfl.com. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  18. ^ "Central Florida CB Mike Hughes : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  19. ^ "Vikings Select Central Florida CB Mike Hughes In Round 1". Vikings.com. April 26, 2018. Archived from the original on April 27, 2018.
  20. ^ Teope, Herbie (July 19, 2018). "Vikings first-round CB Mike Hughes signs rookie deal". NFL. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  21. ^ a b @christomasson (July 19, 2018). "#Vikings CB Mike Hughes gets a four-year, $9.87 million deal. He received a signing bonus of $5.256 million and will have a 2018 salary-cap number of $1.794 million" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ a b Tomasson, Chris (July 19, 2018). "Vikings sign first-round draft pick Mike Hughes". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  23. ^ a b Dill, Jason (July 19, 2018). "Former UCF star was picked in NFL Draft first round. Now he signed his rookie deal". Miami Herald. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  24. ^ "Vikings defense forces four turnovers, including rookie's pick-six, to beat 49ers 24-16". Twin Cities. September 9, 2018. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  25. ^ Alper, Josh (October 15, 2018). "Mike Zimmer confirms torn ACL for Mike Hughes". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  26. ^ Peters, Craig (October 16, 2018). "Vikings Bring Back DT David Parry". Vikings.com.


  1. ^ UCF claims a national championship for the 2017 season, and the team was ranked number 1 by the Colley Matrix, an NCAA-recognized selector of national champions.[9][10][11]

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