Hughes plays in All-American Bowl

BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan’s outstanding senior return specialist and wide receiver LaVaughn Hughes was selected to compete in the 2013 All-American Bowl played in the Minneapolis Metrodome this past Saturday, Dec. 28.

Hughes’ squad, Team Stripes, played to a 17-all tie against Team Stars.

This past season, Hughes posted 537 return yards on 22 kickoffs, and 152 yards with one touchdown on 12 punt returns for the Bobcats. He also caught 56 passes for a team high 833 yards en route to 1,522 all-purpose yards.

It was last year’s stats, too, that caught the eye of some scouts.

In 2012, he had three punt returns for touchdowns, with a long of 89 yards, added to his six receiving touchdowns. He averaged a stellar 28.3 yards per punt return, compiling 453 yards on 16 attempts.

The All American Bowl was founded in 1996 to give athletes the opportunity to compete against the best at their level in an all-star game setting. The All-American Bowl was created to fill the void of the lack of all-star games available to athletes in high school, DII, DIII, JUCO, and minor league football.

“I was honored to be selected to play in the All-American Bowl and represent West Virginia Wesleyan College,” Hughes said. “It’s a great chance for me to get my name out and try to impress some scouts. This will hopefully get me on the right track to the beginning of something bigger.”

Alumni of the All-American Bowl include Chris Hanson from Marshall (Marshall was a Division II school prior to 1997), a punter who played in Super Bowl XLI with the New England Patriots and in the 2003 Pro Bowl representing the Jacksonville Jaguars; and Xavier Glenn, a wide receiver from Glenville State that went on to play for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.