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NMSU Football BIO
96 Kyle Hughes

2009 (Sophomore): Hughes was the Aggies’ punter, kickoff specialist and field goal kicker in 2009. Hughes was a perfect 14-of-14 on PAT’s, extending his streak of consecutive PAT’s made to 47 over the last two seasons. He also ranked third in the conference and 42nd in the nation in punt average at 41.8 yards a kick. Hughes was 9-of-15 on field goal attempts and was 7-of-8 from 39 yards and in on the season. On kickoffs, Hughes tallied 2,574 yards, averaging 66 yards a kick with 12 touchbacks on the year. Hughes had 81 punts on the year for 3,389 yards, averaging 41.8 yards a punt with a long of 73 yards against Hawai’i (11/14). He tallied nine games where he recorded at least one punt of over 50 yards and three games with at least one punt over 60 yards. At New Mexico (9/26) Hughes’ two field goals helped the Aggies beat the Lobos in Albuquerque for the first time since 1999.

2008 (Freshman): Hughes played in all 12 games for the Aggies in 2008 as the team’s punter and field goal kicker as well as kickoff specialist. On the season, Hughes was a perfect 33-of-33 on extra points, breaking Bubba Culin’s school record of 28 in a row that dated back to 1993. Hughes was also 7-of-11 on field goal attempts with a career-long 44 against New Mexico (9/27). He made his last four field goal attempts of the season. Hughes punted the ball 52 times on the year, averaging 42.7 yards a punt, which was fourth in the WAC. His long on the year was a 69-yard punt against San Jose State (10/18). Hughes recorded three punts over 60 yards and six over 50 yards. He also had one rushing attempt on the season, off a fake punt against SJSU. He ran for a game-high 33 yards on the fake.

Hargraves Prep: Hughes was 10-for-11 in field goal attempts with a long of 51 yards at Hargrave Prep, where he did not miss a PAT. His only field goal that he missed was blocked.

High School: As a senior at Ridge View High School, he was an all-state and North-South All-Star selection while being named team offensive most valuable player. Hughes received all-region and all-area accolades in 2004 and 2005. He was 22-of-24 in field goal attempts for his career with a career long of 54 yards, all while never using a kicking tee. Hughes made five field goals that were 45 yards or longer, never missed a field goal from inside 45 yards and made all of his career PAT attempts. Kyle holds the Blazer school record for most field goals in a game (four), most in a season (12) and the longest (54) for coach Raymond Jennings. A four-year letterman in soccer where he was an all-state, all-region, scsoccer.com Super 22 and 4A State Player of the Year.

Personal: Hughes is the son of Brad and Gerri Hughes. His major is undecided.

Position: Kicker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 184
Year: Redshirt Freshman
City/State: Columbia, S.C
High School: Ridgeview High School/ Hargraves Prep
Experience: High School

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