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December 14, 2008TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes has received first-team All-America honors from the Football Writers Association of America.
The 65th edition of the FWAA All-America team, the second-longest continuously published team in major college football, was announced Saturday afternoon on ABC-TV.
The FWAA squad represents the third All-America team Hughes has been named to this week. He was also selected a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and Rivals.com.
Hughes was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award.
A junior from Sugar Land, Texas, Hughes tops the nation with an MWC-record 14 sacks and six forced fumbles. He also ranks in the top-10 nationally with 18.5 tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. Additionally, he has two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown.
Hughes was a league record three-time MWC Defensive Player of the Week in 2008. He also earned National Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski Trophy after his four sacks and two forced fumbles in a 32-7 win over then-No. 8 BYU.
Hughes anchors a TCU defense that is ranked No. 1 in the nation in run defense (48.7 yards per game) while placing second in total defense (215.1 yards per game) and scoring defense (10.9 points per game) and third in sacks (41).
The 11th-ranked Horned Frogs face No. 9 Boise State in the Dec. 23 Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.