CFB Player Profile: RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State

RB Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State

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HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Sherwood Park, Alberta (Bev Facey)
247 RATING: .8868
YEAR: Junior

Rushing: 452 rushes, 2,834 yards (6.3 ypc), 28 touchdowns
Receiving: 45 catches, 427 yards (9.5 ypc), 2 touchdowns

Rushing: 328 rushes, 2,094 yards (6.4 ypc), 21 touchdowns
Receiving: 23 catches, 198 yards (8.6 ypc)


Chuba Hubbard Breakdown

As if Chuba Hubbard wasn’t already terrifying enough to stop, he’s on a new mission in 2020. Already one of the best running backs in the country, Hubbard  declared a national championship would come back to Stillwater this season. There’s plenty of pressure placed on one’s shoulders when something like that is said, but Hubbard is a player that can handle the weight, and has the team that can back him up.

Hubbard is a tough player to catch in the open field. If he can get even a small opening, there’s a good chance that he won’t get chased down. That speed helps him bounce runs to the outside as well, and get around any linebackers trying to chase him down. One concern in Hubbard’s game is that the first tackler that gets to him tends to take him down. His lateral quickness is okay, but he’s not going to make a bunch of defenders miss. His ability to run through contact could use some work as well. Giving himself a chance to gain more yards after contact could be the difference in a game.

His game revolves around speed, but he’s also able to slow the game down. While many fast backs would get impatient if an opening wasn’t immediately evident, Hubbard can give his line time to create a hole. It doesn’t have to be extremely obvious either. He’s able to find a sliver and that’s enough for him. If he can also become a better pass catcher, that gives the Cowboys another weapon to move the ball down the field. That’s a better option than blocking, as he struggles producing power against any sort of pass rusher or blitzer.

Chuba Hubbard is capable of rushing for nearly 300 yards in any game. We’ve seen his greatness, and he has his sights on bigger goals in 2020. There are some things he can fix in his game, but they only make him even more dynamic than he already is. A national championship can happen, and Hubbard might have to shoulder most of the load to get there.

Joe Broback
Joe Broback

Joe Broback is a college football contributor for Sports and Fitness Digest.

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