Already, Hughes has 16 tackles, 5 1/2 tackles for loss, three sacks, three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and two interceptions, one of which he returned 24 yards for a touchdown last weekend in a 48-7 win over SMU.
"He's real good,” Williams said of Hughes. "Very explosive.”
In large part because of Hughes, TCU is No. 1 in the nation in total and rushing defense and sixth in scoring defense, allowing 7.8 points per game.
Containing Hughes and TCU defensive end Matt Panfil will play a big part in how much time quarterback Sam Bradford will have to throw and how effective the running game is with Brown and DeMarco Murray.
But Williams has faced big-time defensive ends before. In fact, he faces one every day in practice in teammate Auston English. "Iron sharpens iron,” Williams said.
Said English, "Trent has great feet, he's real athletic, but he's got the size and strength to sit there and be patient too. That means he can match up with the fast guys or the big bruisers. He has become everything you want in an offensive lineman.”