Today’s Lions for Life features a more recent guy who had a fantastic career in Commerce. Israel Hughes played for 4 seasons in Commerce and was a superb cornerback and defender, but what made him potent was how dangerous of a return man he was. D2football.com had said about Hughes prior to the 2010 season-
“Any punter or kicker would be foolish to kick it to A&M-Commerce’s Israel Hughes. When people talk about a guy who can literally take a kick home anytime he touches the ball, Israel Hughes is REALLY ONE OF THOSE GUYS. He has great field vision, good cutbacks, and blazing open field speed and runs very hard nosed. He has All-American written all over him.”
The Hughes File-
Name: Israel Hughes
Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
High School: LeFlore High School
Favorite team while in Commerce: 2009 Lions, Lone Star Conference North Division Champions.
Position: Defensive Back/Return Specialist
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physical, Master of Science in Counseling
What I am Doing Now: Still Furthering my education, Professional Commercial Energy Broker & Skills set trainer for DBs, WRs & Return Specialists.
Time in Commerce-2009-2012
Favorite School Memory: “Us winning conference these past three years and the continuous progression.”
Favorite Football Memory: “I Played in The Aztec All-American bowl game, setting the record for the longest kick return in game history.”
Awards/Honors: First Team All Conference & All Region 2009, Preseason All-American in 2010. 3 time Lone Star Conference Special Teams Player of the Week 2012.
Israel Hughes had a dynamite career in Commerce full of highlight reel returns and solid play. If anyone doubts how good he was, watch his film on Hudl or youtube. He was voted in last year’s poll to be Second time All Time Defense for the school. Like a lot of guys who played during the Morriss years he is overlooked because of the time frame he played in, but Hughes is one of the most talented Lions to ever done the Blue and Gold.
Hughes at his deadliest, returning the Football.