Brandon Hughes is a cornerback for the San Diego Chargers, who selected him with the 148th pick in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Hughes played four seasons of collge football at Oregon State, where he was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection. Hughes is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs 178 pounds.
As a wide receiver for Bloomington High School in Bloomington, IL, Hughes caught 20 passes for 688 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. He finished his three-year high school football career with 34 receptions for 1,008 yards and 16 touchdowns. Hughes also lettered in track at Bloomington.
After redshirting the 2004 season, Hughes was moved to cornerback during spring practice in 2005. As a freshman, he started seven games at right cornerback, finishing second on the Beavers with nine pass breakups.
Hughes missed the first two games of the 2006 season with a knee injury, but returned to play the final 12 games of the season, helping Oregon State win the Sun Bowl.
Hughes earned all-conference honors for the first time in 2007. He was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection, after finishing the season with 12 pass breakups, tied for fifth in the conference. He also had 57 tackles, good for fifth on the team.
As a senior, Hughes suffered a pulled hamstring in Oregon State's upset win over then-No. 1 USC. He missed the next two games, and struggled through the injury the rest of the season. He still finished with a team-high 11 pass breakups, good for seventh in the Pac-10. He earned second team All-Pac-10 honors for the second consecutive season. After the 2008 season, Hughes was invited to participate in the 2009 East-West Shrine Game. He recorded three total tackles in a loss for the West team.
Hughes was selected in the fifth round (148th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Before the 2009 season, he signed a four-year contract with San Diego.
In a 2009 preseason game against Atlanta, Hughes suffered a knee injury and was replaced on injured reserve.
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