Memorial senior happy to play football again
May 20, 2010 at 12:20 a.m.
O.J. Hughes is doing everything possible to maintain his football condition.
"I've been working out and trying to stay in shape," Hughes said. "I've been lifting, running bleachers, running 200s, 100s, whatever I can to stay in shape."
Hughes knows the best way to stay in football shape is to practice and play the game and he'll get the opportunity.
The Memorial senior will be part of the East squad for the Coastal Bend Coaches Association and Al-Amin Shriners 15th Annual All-Star Game scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at Buccaneer Stadium in Corpus Christi.
"I just want to go out and show what I'm capable of doing what God's blessed me with," Hughes said.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Hughes started his senior season at running back before moving to quarterback where he played as a junior in the third game of the season.
He rushed 193 times for 1,425 yards and 21 touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to get Memorial into the playoffs. The Vipers finished their final season with a 4-6 record.
"To be honest, I couldn't ask for anything better," Hughes said. "I enjoyed it. I loved it. All I can ask from the team is they go out and give 110 percent on Friday night. If they do that on Friday night and things don't fall into place, I'm OK with it as long as I know that they went out there and gave their all."
Hughes will move back to running back for the all-star game.
"I'm very excited about that," Hughes said. "It's been a while since I've been back there. I'm anxious to get back there and run the ball."
Hughes will be playing with Memorial teammates Damian Barfield and Vodrick Gipson, but he's also looking forward to getting on the field with players from around the area.
"It's fun playing with guys you never interacted with," Hughes said. "You get different types of personalities and you get to see how they play and they get to see how you play and how you interact with one another. It's a bunch of fun."
Hughes hopes the fun continues next season. He's spoken with a number of schools including Sam Houston State, Texas-San Antonio and Texas A&M-Kingsville, but has no definitive plans.
"I look at it as if I go out there and try my hardest and play how I'm capable of playing things will fall into place," Hughes said. "I'm going to do whatever I can to get on the football field."
Hughes is thankful for another chance to show what he can do and plans to take advantage.
"I'm sure as I get in the flow of the game everything will fall into place and work out OK," Hughes said. "It's all for fun but everybody always wants a W so we're going to do whatever we can to go out there and get that W.
NOTES: The head coach for the East team will be Tom Allen of Sinton. Paul Kilby of Mathis will coach the West team.