#33 Robert Hughes
CAREER: Punishing running back has been used at halfback and fullback as well as receiver out of backfield … started six of 34 games played for Irish and rushed 253 times for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns … added 303 yards on 36 receptions … has three games of at least 100 rushing yards and one multi-TD game … enters fall ready to compete for playing time with Armando Allen, Jonas Gray and Cierre Wood at tailback and could also be used as a fullback.
2009 (JUNIOR): Participated in 11 games (did not play against Pittsburgh), starting in two of those contests at running back (Washington State and Navy) … played fullback early in year when James Aldridge was lost to injury but returned to running back when Aldridge was healthy … gained 416 yards and averaged 4.7 yards on 88 carries with team-best five rushing touchdowns … added 193 yards on 19 receptions … opened season with six carries for 20 yards against Nevada … saw extensive action against Purdue, netting 68 yards and a TD on 15 carries … rushed eight times for 70 yards and a TD against Washington, including season-best 37-yard scamper … his TD against Huskies came in overtime and helped win the game for the Irish … rushed six times for 17 yards and a TD against USC … his TD against USC was from two yards and knotted game 7-7 … earned first start of season against Washington State, rushing career-high 24 times for 131 yards along with catching four passes for 51 yards … rushed seven times for 20 yards with a TD and set career highs with six catches for 59 yards following week against Navy … concluded season rushing 13 times for 74 yards and caught four passes for 50 yards against Stanford … received 118:10 of playing time with one appearances on special team.
2008 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 12 of Notre Dame’s 13 games (did not play vs. Syracuse) and started in three contests (Michigan, Michigan State and Hawai’i) … one of two Irish running backs (also Armando Allen) to amass 100 carries on the year … carried the ball 112 times for 382 yards (3.4 avg.) and four touchdowns … tallied 86 all-purpose yards (54 rushing, 32 receiving) on 19 touches (16 rushing, three receiving), good for 4.5 yards a touch in the season opening win vs. San Diego State … garnered first start of the 2008 campaign (second of career) vs. Michigan … recorded his first multi-touchdown game of his Notre Dame career … totaled 19 rushes for 79 yards (4.2 per carry) to lead to the two TDs … registered his fifth career TD giving the Irish a 7-0 lead over the Wolverines at 11:52 of the first quarter … added his second rushing TD of 2008 and sixth of his career to give Notre Dame a 28-10 lead with 8:47 to go in second quarter … pounded out 26 yards on the ground on nine carries in victory vs. Purdue … tallied the longest reception of his career (15 yards) against North Carolina … rushed the ball four times for 19 yards, as well as catching one pass out of the backfield for five yards in victory at Washington … totaled 25 yards on the ground on eight carries, including a nine yard burst vs. Pittsburgh … averaged six yards per carry (three for 18 yards) at Boston College … compiled his best day of the season in victory vs. Navy … amassed 64 yards on 13 carries (4.9 avg.) and added a four-yard reception against the Midshipmen … also tallied his third TD on the campaign … started for the third time on the year (fourth in career) in Hawai’i Bowl victory … amassed 82 all-purpose yards (55 rush, 27 receiving) and scored Notre Dame’s first of seven TDs against Hawai’i … logged 108:15 of playing time with two special-teams appearances.
2007 (FRESHMAN): Recorded the best average yards per rush on the team (5.5), the second-most rushing touchdowns (four) and the third-highest rushing yards total (294) … used primarily in short-yardage situations early in the season, then exploded onto the scene in the final two games when used as the primary running back … rushed for 246 yards on 35 carries with two TDs in the final two contests … became the first Notre Dame freshman running back to eclipse 100 rushing yards in consecutive weeks since Allen Pinkett in 1982 … caught three passes for 17 yards including a long reception of 13 yards … played in 11 games during freshman season in the Irish backfield (did not play at UCLA) … against Michigan State carried the ball six times for 33 yards and a TD … carried the ball once vs. Navy for a three-yard TD … had a break-out game against Duke carrying the ball 17 times for a game-high 110 yards and a TD … included a 33-yard scamper and also caught a pass for 13 yards vs. Duke … continued his dominance the next week at Stanford, running for career-high 136 yards on 18 carries … the 136 rushing yards were the most by a Notre Dame player all year and the best rushing total by an Irish running back since Darius Walker gained 162 yards vs. Army in `06 … achieved Notre Dame’s longest play from scrimmage for the 2007 season when he broke loose for a 45-yard run in the first quarter … scored the game-winning TD with under six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter … logged 39:39 with 35 special-teams appearances.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Selected for 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio … named first-team all-state by the Chicago Tribune after rushing for 1,780 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior … helped lead Hubbard to an 8-3 season and reached the second round of the state playoffs in his senior season … named to the Best of the Midwest team by the Detroit Free Press as the 14th-best prospect and number four running back on the list … listed as one of 12 running backs, along with teammate Armando Allen, on National 100 list by Fort Worth Star-Telegram … named one of the top 50 high school seniors by Street & Smith’s and one of six running backs named to its All-America team … rated the ninth-best running back in the nation by Scout.com and the second-best prospect in Illinois by the recruiting service … Rivals.com rates him the third-best player in Illinois, 14th-best running back prospect in the country and 77th-best player in the nation … rated the 13th-best running back in the nation by Tom Lemming … one of 11 Notre Dame signees chosen to the ESPN 150 list … rated 96th-best overall prospect nationally – and 15th among running backs, 17th-best player in the Midwest – on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News SchoolSports … one of top 33 running backs nationally on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview … ran for 1,920 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior, adding 71 tackles and five sacks at nose tackle while helping Hubbard reach the Class 6A state semifinals … rushed for 1,000 yards as a freshman and 1,034 yards as a sophomore to earn all-area honors … played for coach Elton Harris at Hubbard … uncle E.J. Jones played running back for the Kansas City Chiefs in `85 and attended Chicago Vocational H.S. (same high school as Chris Zorich) … son of Earl Reed and Blanchie Reed … born June 21, 1989 … enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in sociology.
Hughes’ Career Statistics