Mississippi State senior safety Jay Hughes received an honor prior to the Bulldogs season opener on Saturday.
Hughes was named the Southeastern Conference Football Community Service Team Player of the Week for his charitable contributions in the Golden Triangle.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder from Hattiesburg and son of MSU safeties coach Tony Hughes donates his time with Breakfast of Champions at local elementary schools. Jay Hughes also works with cancer patients ages six to 16 at Camp Rising Sun in Columbus during the summer.
Jay Hughes has been slated as the starting strong safety for the Bulldogs having appeared in 27 career games including four starts. He has made 44 tackles, three for loss and broke up four passes.
The former Oak Grove standout is returning after an Achilles injury ended his 2013 season on the sixth play of the opener against Oklahoma State.