Montori Hughes Interview
Sr / UT-Martin / DT

Updated - 3-21-13

By: Alex Khvatov


Alex Khvatov:  Describe your first day of practice at the Senior Bowl. 

Montori Hughes:  Actually, I didn’t get to go out there today because I had a slight foot injury.  But I will be out there tomorrow.  I am excited.  It made me more motivated being out there on the sidelines.  I am ready to get out there and join them.


Alex Khvatov:  You had a strong week of practice at the Raycom All-Star Game.  Tell us about that week of practice. 

Montori Hughes:  It was fun.  It is always a privilege to go to an all-star game.  You always have to take advantage of an opportunity and embrace it.  I was able to show what I can do.  You are supposed to have fun and play hard.


Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths?

Montori Hughes:  I just love playing the game.  I have a passion and excitement for the game.  I feel like I have a good motor.  I just give it my all on every play.


Alex Khvatov:  What are you trying to improve upon this week?

Montori Hughes:  I want to be more consistent with my hands.  I need to keep my pad level down.  I am embracing this moment and working to improve each and every day. 


Alex Khvatov:  You started your career at Tennessee and ran into some trouble there, are you a changed man now? 

Montori Hughes:  I have learned from that experience.  There are always going to be ups and downs in your life.  I believe that I have learned from the good and the bad in my life.  That is what makes me such a strong person today.  You have to learn from your mistakes.  I feel like I have learned from them.  I feel like I have improved as a person and as a man.  It has helped me on the football field.  I just try to move forward each and every day. 


Alex Khvatov:  Do you see yourself fitting in as an NT in a 3-4 defense or as a DT in a 4-3? 

Montori Hughes:  It doesn’t matter.  I have played in both of those systems.  I just love to be out there on the football field.  I love to compete.  I love the game.


Alex Khvatov:  What are your hobbies?

Montori Hughes:  I love to play video games.  I like to be around family.  I love kids.  I love my nieces and nephews. 


Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Montori Hughes is….

Montori Hughes:  I feel like I am a very energetic person.  I am very passionate.  I am very competitive.  I am a motivated person.   


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