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California Dreaming: Hughes Heads To All-Star Game Saturday

Jan. 17, 2018

LAS VEGAS ( - Former UNLV football defensive lineman Mike Hughes Jr. has accepted an invitation to play in the seventh annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this weekend, event organizers announced.

The game will be held Saturday at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. PT live on FS1. The 112-man roster has been split into two groups: the National team, led by Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Martz, and Hughes’ American team, coached by Pro Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green.

Hughes is the fifth Rebel to be chosen to compete in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, joining linebacker John Lotulelei and defensive back Tory McTyer last year, quarterback Caleb Herring in 2013 and defensive lineman B.J. Bell in 2011.

A graduate of Las Vegas’ Palo Verde High School, Hughes was named 2017 Second Team All-Mountain West after ending his career with 36 consecutive starts at the tackle spot. The team captain finished seventh on the squad with a career-high 53 tackles in the middle, including a Rebel-best 7.0 tackles for loss. He also had two quarterback sacks and blocked an extra-point attempt en route to becoming the first UNLV defensive tackle to earn first or second team all-conference since 1993.

Hughes joins former UNLV star wide receiver Devonte Boyd in playing in a postseason event Saturday. As previously announced, Boyd was the 16th Rebel to be invited to play in the historic East-West All-Star Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Kickoff for that one is set for noon PT live on NFL Network.



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