7  Will Hudgens
Will Hudgens

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Memphis, TN

High School:
Ridgeway HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 225

Position:
QB

Birthdate:
01/24/1985

Experience:
3L


2009:


A utility player who can make plays running, passing and punting...Petitioned for and was granted a sixth year of eligibility after having his 2005 and 2006 seasons cut short by a broken leg both years...Played in nine of 12 games with six starts at quarterback...Named by his teammates as one of three permanent captains for the year...Led the team in passing yards (1,544), passing touchdowns (7) and total offense (1,486)...Finished second on the team in passing efficiency (120.25)...Totaled three career 300-yard games with two in 2009...Threw for multiple touchdowns in five career games and two in 2009...Finished career ranked in the school's top 10 in multiple passing categories despite only having 13 career games with at least 15 passing attempts...Ranks ninth in school history for career touchdowns thrown with 18, tied for sixth in career pass completions with 240, seventh in career passing yards (2,681), eighth in career passing attempts (430) and fourth in career pass completion percentage (55.8)...Ranks 13th in most season pass attempts (236), 10th in most season pass completions (143) and 13th in most season passing yards (1,544)...His 60.6 pass completion percentage (143 of 236) ranks as the fifth highest in school history and the fourth highest among players with at least 100 attempts...Led the final two Memphis drives in the season opener against Ole Miss...Completed two of six pass attempts for 24 yards...Made an appearance at deep snapper on a successful field goal attempt against Marshall...Came in at quarterback for the final six Memphis drives against UCF and completed 6-of-15 pass attempts for 143 yards, one touchdown and an interception...Threw a 12-yard TD pass to DajLeon Farr in the third quarter for his first touchdown pass since Sept. 13, 2008 against Marshall...Completed passes of 51 and 32 yards to Duke Calhoun...Started against UTEP for the first time since 2007 and threw a career high three TDs, marking his fourth career multiple touchdown game...Finished with 216 passing yards, completing 19 of 33 attempts with one interception...Threw for 262 yards against Southern Miss on 28-for-44 passing...The 28 completions ranks tied for 12th in school history and the 44 attempts ranks tied for 15th...Had 14 completions for first downs or a touchdown and 12 for gains of 10 yards or more...Registered his second career 300-yard passing game with 313 against East Carolina...Logged career highs in completions (33) and pass attempts (48) in the game...The 33 completions ties for fourth in school history with Arkelon Hall's 33 against Louisville last season...The 48 attempts in the game ranks in a tie for ninth all-time...Had two touchdown passes in the game for 14 and 43 yards...Threw for 193 yards on 20-of-32 passing against Tennessee with an interception...Rushed for his first touchdown of the season in the game and fourth of his career...Completed 26 of 41 pass attempts to record his second 300-yard game of the season with 333 yards, which is a season high...Matched a career best with a 62-yard pass to Duke Calhoun in the third quarter...Threw for 60 yards on nine-for-18 passing against Houston...Did not play in the season finale against Tulsa due to an injury.

2008:


Received one of the Top Tiger Awards, one of the team's most prestigious awards, at the post-season banquet, ...Returned to the football field after being drafted in the MLB first-year player draft as a pitcher...Played in seven of 13 games...Suffered a knee injury in the first quarter against East Carolina and was forced to have surgery and missed the remainder of the season...Was responsible for a career-high three touchdowns (1 rush, 2 pass) against Ole Miss...Matched his career high with two passing touchdowns and had 102 yards passing, including a 43-yard touchdown strike to Maurice Jones to begin the fourth quarter...The pass was his longest since 2005 against Chattanooga...Tossed a three-yard touchdown pass to Earnest Williams in the second quarter...Had a career high 27 yards rushing on nine attempts, including a one-yard touchdown run...Also punted twice and had a long of 41 yards...Came in against Rice and had four rushes for 26 yards, including a career high 20-yard run that set up a Memphis touchdown to end the third quarter...Logged one punt for 60 yards in the first quarter...Connected with Earnest Williams for the second time this season on a touchdown against Marshall...The four-yard touchdown pass was his third of the year...Also registered a career-long 61 yard punt for a touchback...Had only one pass attempt against Nicholls State...Booted one punt for 48 yards that was downed at the NSU 2-yard line...Started one Memphis drive in the third quarter of the Arkansas State game, and was 1-for-3 with a 17-yard pass to Duke Calhoun...Had one punt downed at the ASU 6...Started a drive at quarterback toward the end of the third quarter versus UAB, and had three rushes in the drive, including two for first downs...Finished with three rushes for 19 yards with a long of nine yards...Entered the East Carolina game during the Tigers' opening drive after an injury to Arkelon Hall...Had one punt for 47 yards that was downed at the ECU 1...Rushed for three yards in the Tigers' second drive of the first quarter...Injured his right knee on the play and did not return...Had surgery in November and continued rehabilitation in the spring while awaiting a decision on eligibility from the NCAA.

2007:


Recipient of the Role Player Award at the team's 2007 postseason banquet...Has played in all 13 games with two starts at quarterback...Also served as the team's deep snapper throughout the season and has seen time at fullback...Was responsible for seven touchdowns in 2007, including five passing and two rushing...Ranked third on the team in rushing touchdowns...Rushed for a score in two of the last three games of the season...Played in the season opener versus Ole Miss...Had his only pass attempt in the game as the last play of the second quarter...Saw extended action in the fourth quarter against Jacksonville State...Completed a 12-yard pass to Earnest Williams in the victory...Came in with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter of the UCF game and completed 5-of-9 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown...Made a 41-yard completion to Maurice Jones in the third quarter...Four completions versus the Knights were for 10 or more yards, including the 10-yard TD pass to Dave Thomas in the fourth quarter...Came in at QB on the final Memphis series against Arkansas State because of injury to Martin Hankins...Made his first start of the season at quarterback against Marshall due to Hankins' injury...Recorded career highs against the Thundering Herd in yardage (346), completions (30), attempts (45) and tied his career best with two TD passes...His 30 completions ranked sixth all-time at Memphis while his 45 attempts ranked ninth...The 346 yards was good for 10th in single-game yardage at the U of M...Tossed touchdown passes of four yards and 19 yards in the emotional win over Marshall on ESPN2...Completed seven passes for more than 15 yards...Connected with Carlos Singleton for a 19-yard TD in the third quarter and followed the play with a two-point conversion to Singleton...Found Greg Hinds in the endzone for a four-yard score at the start of the fourth quarter...Followed the Marshall contest with a start against Middle Tennessee and completed 13 of 35 attempts for 134 yards and a touchdown...Had a long pass of 41 yards to Singleton in the first quarter...Registered a 19-yard touchdown pass to Duke Calhoun in the first quarter...Also caught a 23-yard reception in the game on a pass from Maurice Jones in the first quarter...Tallied six carries for 15 yards, including a long run of 11 yards...Did not see time under center in the next four games but was a key component of the special teams unit as the long snapper...Came in at fullback for the first time against East Carolina and made a six-yard catch in the first quarter...Rushed for his first touchdown against UAB and totaled 21 yards on six attempts...Had a nine-yard run for a first down in the first quarter and scored on his second play from scrimmage in the second quarter on a one-yard run...Rotated in late during the third quarter and was again responsible for a first down off a six-yard scamper...Rotated in during the first and fourth quarters of the triple overtime win over SMU...Scored his second rushing touchdown in as many weeks on a one-yard run against the Mustangs in the first quarter...Connected with Earnest Williams for a six-yard TD pass with 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter...Finished the game with five rushing attempts for nine yards and completed both of his pass attempts for seven yards...Was called on at quarterback late in the New Orleans Bowl because of a knee injury to Hankins...Ended the game with six carries for 10 yards and completed 1-of-5 pass attempts...Closed out the 2007 season having completed 52-of-104 pass attempts for 587 yards and five touchdowns...Did not toss a single interception in his 104 attempts...Also registered 27 carries for 49 yards and two touchdowns as well as two receptions for 29 yards...Did not participate in spring football practice to fully concentrate on Tiger baseball... Worked as a reliever in his first five outings before settling into the No. 2 weekend spot in the starting rotation...Made eight starts in 14 appearances...Tied for third with 42 strikeouts in 47.2 innings of work...Recorded a 4.18 ERA in his first eight appearances...Scattered five hits and struck out five in five innings to pick up his lone win of the year against UAB...Had a career day vs. Marshall, fanning nine and allowing just one earned run in 5.1 innings...Backed that outing up with a seven-strikeout day vs. Rice...Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

2006:


Was poised to make a comeback and challenge for a starting role as the Tigers' signal caller after breaking his leg in the third game of the 2005 season...Was listed as the number two quarterback by the opening of the 2006 season...Came in under center during Memphis' second drive of the third quarter against Ole Miss with the Tigers' down 21-14...Tossed two incomplete passes before connecting with Carlos Singleton on a six-yard completion...Finished the game with one carry for zero yardage and completed one of three passes for six yards...Entered the Chattanooga game in the third quarter with Memphis holding a 26-7 lead...Opened the drive with an eight-yard completion to T.J. Pitts...Was injured on the play but returned to the game...Two plays later scrambled and was dropped for a loss of eight yards...Left the game with a broken leg for the second straight season...Diagnosis was a non-displaced tibial fracture...Was ahead of schedule on his healing and rehabilitation and was able to practice with the team the week of the Marshall game...Did not see action in additional games during the season...Has played in five career games, but only a total of 33 offensive series...Was back on the field and full-go in the spring competing for the starting role...Had a productive spring on the football practice field and on the baseball diamond...Worked as a reliever in his first 13 appearances before factoring in as the Tigers' No. 3 starter over the last month of action...Went 5-2 with wins over No. 1 seed Missouri, No. 6 Clemson, No. 29 Southern Miss, UCF and No. 2 Rice...Logged a 5.15 ERA with a save...Struck out 33 in 47 innings...Was 2-2 with a 7.20 ERA as a starter...Was 3-0 with a 3.67 ERA out of the bullpen...Fanned seven and held Murray State hitless in a five-inning relief outing.

2005:


Pressed into service as the Tigers' quarterback after Patrick Byrne was injured during the first series of the Ole Miss contest... Showed a great deal of poise as he completed 15-of-28 pass attempts for 145 yards...Led the Tigers on two scoring drives that resulted in Stephen Gostkowski field goals...Had the Tigers on the Ole Miss 6-yard line before having his pass attempt to Ryan Scott intercepted...Recorded his first collegiate start against Chattanooga...Completed 10-of-15 pass attempts for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Tiger victory...His first career touchdown pass was a 62-yard strike to Maurice Avery... Also had a 27-yard scoring pass to freshman Maurice Jones...Started the Tulsa contest and completed 8-of-19 pass attempts for 129 yards and one touchdown before suffering a broken right leg and ligament damage in his right ankle late in the fourth quarter...Had surgery on Sept. 28 and missed the remainder of the season... Finished the season having completed 33-of-62 pass attempts for 413 yards and three touchdowns.

2004:


Redshirted during the 2004 season while rehabilitating his knee...Tore his ACL while dunking in a basketball game, during his senior year of high school.

Prep:


Starter at quarterback for four years at Ridgeway High under coach John Cooley...Was an All-Metro pick in football and baseball four years at RHS...Selected to play in the Liberty Bowl and Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Games...Also picked to play in the East/West All-Star Game...Threw for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior...Was tabbed an all-state and all-region selection in 2003...Had 231 yards rushing on 71 attempts and scored five TDs in 2003...Completed 68-of-142 pass attempts for 1,048 yards during the regular season, and added 155 yards passing in the state playoffs...Finished the season with 1,203 yards passing...Punted 27 times for 1,008 yards during the regular season...Averaged 37.32 yards per kick...Named to the 2003 Preseason All-Shelby Metro first team offense...Led Shelby Metro Region 3-A in passing percentage in 2002 with a mark of .500...Completed 70-of-140 pass attempts for 1,165 and 15 touchdowns in 2002...Ranked fourth in passing efficiency with a 146.7 mark...Ranked 34th overall in Shelby Metro in total offense with 1,386 yards (1,165 yards passing; 221 yards rushing)...Handled the punting duties for Ridgeway in 2002 and averaged 33.19 yards per punt...Had 42 punts for 1,394 yards...Named to the All-MIAA 3-A team in 2002...Helped Ridgeway to an 8-5 record in 2001...Ranked eighth in Region 8-3A in passing in 2001...Completed 25-of-79 for 439 yards and five touchdowns in just eight games played...Was ranked 14th in total offense with 536 yards...Averaged 70.4 yards per game as a sophomore...Named to the All-Region 8-3A Team in 2001 as a true freshman...Led his RHS team to an 11-1 record...Ranked second in the region in passing...Completed 64-of-157 pass attempts for 1,191 yards and 14 touchdowns, and was rated third in the region in total offense with 1,300 yards...Averaged 108.3 yards per game in total offense... Posted career passing totals of 234-of-534 for 3,998 yards and 34 touchdowns...Also lettered in baseball, basketball and swimming.

Personal:


William Patrick Hudgens is the son of Greg and Emma Hudgens...His uncle, Bill Crumby, played for the Tigers in 1976-77...Born January 24, 1985, in Memphis, Tenn.

Hudgens' Career Passing Statistics
YR G/S ATT COMP YDS INT TD LG
2005 3/2 62 33 413 2 3 62
2006 2/0 4 2 14 0 0 8
2007 13/2 104 52 587 0 5 41
2008 7/0 24 10 123 1 3 43
2009 9/6 236 143 1,544 6 7 62
TOTAL 34/10 430 240 2,681 9 18 62

Hudgens' Career Rushing Statistics
YR G/S NO YDS AVG TDS LG
2005 3/2 9 2 0.2 0 8
2006 2/0 2 -8 -4.0 0 0
2007 13/2 27 49 1.8 2 11
2008 7/0 21 80 3.8 1 20
2009 9/6 16 -58 -3.6 1 14
TOTAL 34/10 75 65 0.9 4 20

Hudgens' Career Highs
Pass Attempts 48 (vs. East Carolina 2009)
Completions 33 (vs. East Carolina 2009)
Passing Yards 346 (Marshall 2007)
Long Completion 62 (2 games, last vs. UAB 2009)
Passing Touchdowns 3 (vs. UTEP 2009)
Rushing Yards 27 (Ole Miss 2008)
Rushing Attempts 9 (Ole Miss 2008)
Rushing Touchdowns 1 (4 games, last at Tennessee 2009)
Punts 2 (Ole Miss 2008)
Long Punt 61 (Marshall 2008)

Hudgens' Game-By Game
Passing Opponent ATT CMP YDS INT TD LG
9/5/05 Ole Miss 28 15 145 2 0 34
9/17/05* Chattanooga 15 10 139 0 2 62
9/24/05* Tulsa 19 8 129 0 1 41
9/3/06 Ole Miss 3 1 6 0 0 6
9/9/06 Chattanooga 1 1 8 0 0 8
9/1/07 Ole Miss 1 0 0 0 0 0
9/15/07 JSU 4 1 12 0 0 12
9/22/07 UCF 9 5 88 0 1 41
9/27/07 Arkansas St. 2 0 0 0 0 0
10/2/07* Marshall 45 30 346 0 2 37
10/13/07* MTSU 35 13 134 0 1 41
10/20/07 Rice 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/27/07 Tulane 0 0 0 0 0 0
11/3/07 East Carolina 0 0 0 0 0 0
11/10/07 Southern Miss 0 0 0 0 0 0
11/17/07 UAB 1 0 0 0 0 0
11/24/07 SMU 2 2 7 0 1 6
12/21/07 Florida Atlantic 5 1 0 0 0 0
8/30/08 Ole Miss 15 8 102 1 2 43
9/6/08 Rice 1 0 0 0 0 0
9/13/08 Marshall 2 1 4 0 1 4
9/20/08 Nicholls State 1 0 0 0 0 0
9/27/08 Arkansas St. 3 1 17 0 0 17
10/2/08 UAB 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/18/08 East Carolina 2 0 0 0 0 0
9/6/09 Ole Miss 5 2 24 0 0 13
9/12/09 MTSU DNP
9/19/09 UT Martin DNP
9/26/09 Marshall 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/3/09 UCF 15 6 143 1 1 51
10/10/09* UTEP 33 19 216 1 3 36
10/17/09* Southern Miss 44 28 262 2 1 33
10/27/09* East Carolina 48 33 313 1 2 43
11/7/09* Tennessee 32 20 193 1 0 28
11/14/09* UAB 41 26 333 0 0 62
11/21/09* Houston 18 9 60 0 0 18
11/27/09 INJ

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