2022 Season Countdown: #80 Danny Hughes

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28Jun 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #80 Danny Hughes

Danny Hughes (image via Chicago Tribune)

Name: Danny Hughes
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
200 lbs.
High school:
Naperville (IL) Central
Position:
Running back
Class:
Redshirt junior
Jersey number:
#24
Last year:
I ranked Hughes #106 and said he would be a backup running back and special teamer (LINK). He played in thirteen games on special teams and had 1 carry for 5 yards on offense.
TTB Rating:
N/A

Hughes is one of the top walk-on special teamers on the squad. He played in thirteen games last season on special teams, and in the blowout win over Maryland, he even got rewarded with 1 carry for 5 yards. Despite his contributions on special teams, I couldn’t make it make sense to place him higher. There are some freshman and sophomore players who are superior athletes, and I think they could fill Hughes’s role on special teams. Walk-ons provide an opportunity for young guys to retain redshirts, but at a time when kids can hit the transfer portal easily if they’re not getting on the field, we may be entering an era when walk-on special teamers’ importance starts to diminish.

Prediction: Backup running back and special teamer

25May 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #106 Danny Hughes

Danny Hughes (image via MGoBlue)

Name: Danny Hughes
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 200 lbs.
High school: Naperville (IL) Central
Position: Running back
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #22
Last year: I did not rank Hughes. He did not play.
TTB Rating: N/A

Hughes was a walk-on participant in two games in 2020, both on special teams. He also won Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week in 2019 during Iowa week. So as walk-ons go, he’s in the upper echelon. Unfortunately for him, he plays running back, a position where walk-ons almost never get playing time. Hughes will likely continue in his role as a special teamer, but anything more than that is unlikely.

Prediction: Backup running back, special teamer