Is Kofi Hughes a diamond in the rough?


Sep 7, 2013; Bloomington, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Kofi Hughes (13) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown against the Navy Midshipmen at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans claimed a wide receiver off waivers Wednesday, signing Indiana University product Kofi Hughes to their roster.

The Texans won a waiver claim to obtain the rights of Hughes, as he was released by the Washington Redskins on Tuesday. reported Hughes had signed with the Redskins on May 15 as an undrafted free agent.

So what do we know about Hughes?

In his Indiana profile, it states the following:

"“Hughes ended his career with 132 receptions for 1,956 yards and 13 touchdowns in 45 career games (31 starts). He became the 19th Hoosier to reach 100 catches and 1,000 yards. Hughes closed out his career tied for sixth in 100-yard games (six), eighth in yardage and tied for 10th in receptions on Indiana’s all-time lists.”"

Hughes (6-2, 217 pounds) was also a team captain his senior season. He averaged 15.7 yards per reception last year.

On Oct. 5 against the the Bill O’Brien-coached Penn State Nittany Lions, Hughes had four receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown. He caught a pass of 37 yards against PSU in 44-24 win by Indiana.

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So it is safe to say O’Brien has scouted Hughes and seen him play in live game action on at least one occasion.

Who knows what the Texans have with Hughes? Maybe they just have a fill-in on a roster spot until (or if) Andre Johnson returns, or maybe they have a diamond in the rough, and we’ll be surprised by this signing in the future.

That’s what makes this process of the offseason so great … finding a surprise player or two this time of year.