UNLV: A big, talented lineman in the middle who is an honors candidate as a junior this fall ... Listed No. 1 at one defensive tackle spot ... Named preseason First Team All-MW by Lindy's, second team by Phil Steele's and fourth team by Athlon ... One of four local signees in the 2014 class ... A top student-athlete who is already highly decorated for his work in the classroom ... Joined QB Blake Decker in being voted to the 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in November, marking the first time the program had two such honorees in the same season ... Also a member of the spring 2015 UNLV Dean's Honor List and one of nine Rebels who were members of the 2015 Academic All-MW Team.
2015: Started all 12 games at DT ... Finished with 23 total tackles, including tying for third on the team with 3.5 TFL ... Forced two fumbles and recovered another ... Also added one pass breakup ... Had a career-high five tackles playing at the Big House against Michigan in Game Three.
2014: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in seven games along the defensive line ... Had his redshirt lifted when he played against San Diego State on Sept. 27 ... Finished with 18 total tackles on the year, including two for loss.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2014 graduate of Palo Verde HS ... A four-year letterwinner under coach Darwin Rost ... Played on both sides of the ball as a prepster and was a consensus three-star prospect ... Ranked the No. 54 DT recruit in the nation by 247Sports and the No. 4 recruit overall from the Silver State ... ESPN ranked him as the No. 72 DT in the country while Scout listed him as the No. 151 DL in the country ... Earned all-state first team honors from Silver State Prep and all-state second team honors from Rivals as a senior on the defensive line ... Also was a first team all-league selection as a junior and a senior on both the offensive and defensive lines ... Played DT, DE, TE and OT in high school ... Helped the Panthers to a 10-2 overall record, a league championship and an appearance in the state semifinals as a senior ... Recorded 61 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks and one blocked field goal ... Helped PVHS finish 11-1 as a sophomore with a league championship and a playoff appearance.
PERSONAL: Michael Gerald Hughes Jr. was born April 3, 1996, in Los Angeles, CA ... The son of Michael and Stephany Johnson ... Has two younger brothers, Christopher and Nicholas Johnson, and one younger sister, Tsahi Hughes ... Majoring in criminal justice.