Monday, March 4, 2013
RB Treyvon Hughes ... as a linebacker?
By Damon Sayles
PLANO, Texas -- At 6-feet and 206 pounds, running back Treyvon Hughes (Waxahachie, Texas/Waxahachie) is tough to bring down. Ask any defender who was a part of Hughes’ 1,461 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
Yet, one school, Hughes said, sees him shining at another position. On the other side of the ball, even.
“Texas said they’re interested in me for linebacker,” Hughes said. “It was kind of weird, but I’d consider it. I wouldn’t mind.”
Hughes might make a quality outside linebacker at the next level, but on Sunday -- at the Next Level Athlete North DFW Video Showcase -- he showed why he can be an asset at running back. He showed strength, elusiveness and dexterity in drills.
Most importantly, he showed speed. For someone who averaged better than seven yards per carry -- mostly between the tackles -- Hughes reminded those in attendance that he’s an athlete who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds.
“I have pretty good speed for my size,” Hughes said. “I feel like I need to work on my vision a little more, and I need to work on my blocking, but I’m getting there.”
While Hughes is being looked at for defense by Texas, schools like Southern Mississippi, Louisiana-Monroe and Boise State are picturing him in the offensive backfield. Hughes said he doesn’t have any plans for unofficial visits as of yet, but he’s looking forward to upcoming spring workouts and camps. He also added that he’s looking to get stronger. Hughes bench presses 245 pounds and squats 400.
“I’d say I’m a hard worker,” he said. “I try to outlift the linemen when I can.”