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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Brian Hughes, DB, Bethel University (TN)

2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Brian Hughes, DB, Bethel University (TN)
Brian Hughes the transfer defensive back at Bethel University (TN) recently sat down with NFL Draft DIamonds scout Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Brian Hughes
  • Position: DB
  • College: Bethel University-Tennessee
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 192 lbs
  • Twitter: @iambuddhax

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

I would say that was my uncle. He introduced me to football when I was 4 and he took me to stadiums in Little Rock and Fayetteville Arkansas then I played little league and just started playing football.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

My first game playing safety in high school and I made like 12 tackles when we beat Garden City at Independence Community College this past year when I was at Kentucky Christian I had a nice game against Pike with a blocked kick returned for a 2-point conversion and also an interception in that game.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

My mom, because my biological father was in prison and she had 4 kids and multiple jobs and inspired me to have a good work ethic as well as what she did for her children.

What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?

I transferred to Bethel and I’m looking forward to having a great senior year and getting a shot as a professional.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

Sean Taylor, just because he played safety and that’s what I play and he was a nice guy and I feel like he could teach me a lot about football.

What do you love the most about the game of football?

The family atmosphere always loved being on a team, and being a part of a team is bigger than itself and I’ve learned a lot about life from people I’ve met through football as well.

What should we know about Brian Hughes the person?

I’m a family man, I come from a big family and have a son, my work ethic is unmatched, and I’m really intelligent. Also a quick learner and usually pick up on things when you show me once.

What is your favorite defensive scheme and why?

Running man coverage or blitzing, so anything with those two things and I love getting interceptions going man to man.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

Just never quit and find a way both in football and in life to overcome obstacles it’s been an interesting journey for me so I have gotten through a lot of things and lean on my mentors and family when I need to.

What would a team get in a player like you?

They would get a football player with a high football IQ and have played offense and defense before and I’m a long physical safety and fast for my size and love helping in run support. I’m a great leader and team player and do my job so everyone else can succeed.

What stands out about your film the most?

My physicality or my athletic ability to make plays in different spots on the field and I’m versatile and can play anywhere in the secondary and can also help in run support.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

Sam James, even though he just got picked up as a UDFA by the Rams and was my favorite receiver in high school when I played quarterback, I’m glad he got an opportunity and hope he makes the most of it.

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