Hughes brings troubled past to Colts

Antonio Johnson worked hard to be a 3-4 nose tackle for the Colts last year and started 13 games.

But if the Colts are healthy they’ve now got four, much bigger options for the spot in their second year of the 3-4 front.

Fifth-round pick Montori Hughes went 139th overall. He started his college career at Tennessee, found trouble and finished up at Tennessee-Martin.

He’s 6-foot-4, 329 pounds and joins Josh Chapman (316), Brandon McKinney (345) and Aubrayo Franklin (315) as options for the nose. Ricky Jean Francois (295) can kick inside in some instances as well.

Chapman and McKinney missed last season with injuries. Franklin and Jean Francois are free-agent additions.

Scouts Inc. says he’s above average against the run and below average against the pass.

The big issue is his background, which the Colts clearly feel he addressed sufficiently as they scouted him.

“Was present at site of bar altercation in July 2010 and reportedly involved but not charged by police. He was suspended one game during 2010 season for violation of team academic rules. In addition, he was suspended twice from team activities during offseason of that year. Was involved in an on-campus altercation (dorm) in May 2011 that lead to his dismissal from the Tennessee football team. Coaches at Tennessee also have openly questioned his work effort and passion for the game. Has made strides in terms of maturity and was not a problem for the coaches during his time at Tennessee-Martin. In the end though will he work hard enough off-the-field (practice, conditioning, diet etc.) to reach full potential?”