Montori Hughes
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Hughes in 2016
Free agent
Position:Nose tackle
Personal information
Born: (1990-08-25) August 25, 1990 (age 30)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:350 lb (159 kg)
Career information
High school:Murfreesboro (TN) Siegel
NFL Draft:2013 / Round: 5 / Pick: 139
Career history
* Indianapolis Colts ( 2013 2015)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-OVC (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:27
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at

Montori Hughes (born August 25, 1990) is an American football nose tackle who is a free agent. He played college football at University of Tennessee at Martin, and was selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He has also been a member of the New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, and Washington Redskins.

Early yearsEdit

Hughes was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He attended Siegel High School in Murfreesboro, where he was a three-year starter and led the Siegel Stars high school football team in tackles with 106, tackles-for-loss with 25 and sacks with 13 as a senior in 2007. He was named the Region 4-5A Defensive MVP, all-region, all-area and all-county and participated in the Toyota East-West All-Star Classic in 2007. Also starring in basketball, Hughes averaged double figures in scoring and rebounding for Siegel High School.

Rated only a two-star recruit by, Hughes was not ranked among the best defensive tackle prospects in the nation.[1], which listed Hughes as a three-star recruit, ranked him as No. 49 overall defensive tackle in the 2008 class.[2] Jamie Newberg of later admitted that recruiting services overlooked Hughes: "Right now, to me, he may be the best prospect in the state when it's all said and done. And we just flat missed him."[3]

Hughes had scholarship offers from Jacksonville State and Tennessee State, but committed to Tennessee after head coach Phillip Fulmer offered him a scholarship. Fulmer compared Hughes to former Vols defensive tackle Justin Harrell, who transformed from a little-known recruit to a first-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.[3]

College careerEdit

Hughes originally signed with the University of Tennessee in January 2008, but failed to qualify academically. He spent several months at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, before enrolling at Tennessee in January 2009.[4] Hughes had bulked up from 275 to 310 pounds in little over a year, and emerged as one of the Tennessee Volunteers football team's most talented defensive freshman. He was expected to play in Tennessee's 2011 season opener; however, Hughes was dismissed from the team on June 9, 2011, by head coach Derek Dooley.

Hughes subsequently transferred to the University of Tennessee at Martin, and played for the UT Martin Skyhawks football team in 2011 and 2012.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 329 lb32 ⅝ in10 ⅛ in 5.23 s 4.70 s 7.85 s 26 ½ in 8 ft 8 in 22 reps

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Hughes was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. On September 5, 2015, Hughes was waived by the Colts.[5]

New York GiantsEdit

On September 7, 2015, Hughes was signed to the New York Giants' practice squad.[6] On November 10, 2015, he was elevated to the active roster.[7]

On September 4, 2016, Hughes was released by the Giants.[8] On September 13, 2016, Hughes was re-signed by the Giants.[9] He was released on October 11, 2016.[10]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On January 31, 2017, Hughes signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs.[11] He was released on August 4, 2017.[12]

Washington RedskinsEdit

On January 3, 2018, Hughes signed a reserve/future contract with the Washington Redskins.[13] He was released on April 30, 2018.[14]

Memphis ExpressEdit

In 2019, Hughes joined the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football.[15]


  1. "Montori Hughes Recruiting Profile",,
  2. "2008 Defensive Tackle Ranking",,
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Vols sign Williams 4th time", Chattanooga Times Free Press, February 7, 2008,
  4. Callahan, Ryan (August 10, 2009), "Freshmen see opportunities for playing time", The Daily Times,
  5. "Indianapolis Colts Make Roster Moves". September 5, 2015. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  6. Eisen, Michael (September 7, 2015). "Young players earn their way onto 53-man roster". Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  7. Eisen, Michael (November 10, 2015). "Giants add DT Montori Hughes to active roster; Johnathan Hankins to IR". Retrieved December 10, 2015.
  8. Eisen, Michael. "Giants announce practice squad; claim DT Robert Thomas".
  9. Eisen, Michael. "Giants sign DT Montori Hughes; release Kicker Randy Bullock".
  10. Eisen, Michael (October 11, 2016). "Giants sign DB Coty Sensabaugh, promote CB Deontae Skinner from practice squad".
  11. Kissel, BJ (March 7, 2017). "Chiefs Signed Six Players to Reserve-Future Deals This Offseason".
  12. Roesch, Wesley (August 4, 2017). "Chiefs waive DT Montori Hughes".
  13. "01/03: Redskins Make Roster Move". January 3, 2018.
  14. Williams, Charean. "Washington cuts six players, including A.J. Francis, Montori Hughes". Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  15. Munz, Jason (January 30, 2019). "AAF: The Memphis Express set their initial 52-man roster. Who made the cut?". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

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