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Hughes takes OVC, national honors

Hughes takes OVC, national honors

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 12:03 pm

Montori Hughes has been named the adidas OVC Defensive Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards national defensive lineman of the week for his effort this past Saturday against Eastern Illinois.
Hughes, a 6-5, 305-pound defensive lineman from Murfreesboro, led the Skyhawks with 10 tackles and 5.5 TFLs (tackles for loss) of 24 yards in their 24-23 victory over host Eastern Illinois.
Hughes added a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry.
He served as the catalyst for the Skyhawk defense, which recorded three sacks and 14 TFLs of 46 yards.
The defense shut down the Eastern Illinois running game, limiting the Panthers to minus-5 yards on 34 carries.
Hughes’ forced fumble and fumble recovery led to UT Martin’s first touchdown of the game against Eastern Illinois.
Hughes is the second Skyhawk this season to be named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week. Ben Johnson earned the accolade Oct. 9.
UT Martin will play its final home game of the 2011 season on Saturday against Southeast Miss-ouri.
The game time has been changed to 2 p.m. Published in The WCP 10.25.11

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