Chuba Hubbard
No. 30 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1999-06-11) June 11, 1999 (age 22)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Bev Facey (Sherwood Park, Alberta)
College:Oklahoma State (2017–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 4 / Pick: 126
CFL Draft:2021 / Round: 5 / Pick: 43
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2021
Rushing attempts:72
Rushing yards:281
Rushing touchdowns:1
Receptions:13
Receiving yards:82
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Chuba Robert-Shamar Hubbard (CHOO-buh;[1] born June 11, 1999)[2] is a Canadian professional American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma State.

Early years

Hubbard attended Bev Facey Community High School in Sherwood Park, Alberta, where he played Canadian football. During his three years, he rushed for 6,880 yards on 458 attempts with 82 touchdowns.[3] He committed to Oklahoma State University to play college football in the United States.[4]

College career

After redshirting his first year at Oklahoma State in 2017, Hubbard played in 13 games in 2018 and had 740 rushing yards on 124 carries with seven touchdowns.[5][6] He returned as Oklahoma State's starting running back in 2019 and had a stellar year rushing for 2,094 yards on 328 carries and 21 touchdowns.[7][8] Despite speculation that he would declare for the 2020 NFL Draft after this season, Hubbard announced that he would return to school for his redshirt junior year.[9]

For his efforts in the 2019-20 NCAA season, Hubbard was awarded the Jon Cornish Trophy as the top Canadian in NCAA Division One football, edging out Notre Dame senior wide receiver Chase Claypool.

In June 2020, Hubbard threatened to boycott the football team and any affiliation with the university after a photo surfaced showing Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy wearing a T-shirt promoting the One America News Network, a far right news channel. Gundy subsequently issued an apology, saying he was disgusted by OAN's coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement.[10]

Professional career

Hubbard was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round (126th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.[11] He was also picked by the Calgary Stampeders in the fifth round (43rd overall) of the 2021 CFL Draft.[12] On May 6, 2021, Hubbard signed with the Panthers, a deal worth $4.2 million over four years.[13]

References

  1. ^ News, A. B. C. "All-America Watch: Oklahoma State's Hubbard nation's top RB". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-10-10.
  2. ^ "Chuba Hubbard". Oklahoma State University Athletics. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Black, Matthew (August 30, 2019). "'It's like a movie': Sherwood Park's Hubbard ready for American college football stardom". Edmonton.
  4. ^ Haisten, Bill. "Oklahoma State gets commitment from Canadian speed back Chuba Hubbard". Tulsa World.
  5. ^ Bonner II, Frank. "OSU football: Running back Chuba Hubbard's practice style reminds coach Mike Gundy of old teammates". Tulsa World.
  6. ^ "College Football Frenzy: Alberta's Chuba Hubbard shines for OK State". Calgary Sun. September 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "OSU football: Chuba Hubbard showing throwback leadership skills as the Cowboys' No. 1 back". Oklahoman.com. August 11, 2019.
  8. ^ Brunt, Cliff (August 4, 2019). "Oklahoma State's Hubbard primed for big season". Associated Press.
  9. ^ Rittenberg, Adam (January 13, 2020). "Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard returning to school for junior season". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  10. ^ Brunt, Cliff (June 16, 2020). "Oklahoma St. coach Gundy apologizes for wearing OAN T-shirt". Associated Press.
  11. ^ Gantt, Darin (May 1, 2021). "Panthers draft Chuba Hubbard with 126th overall pick". Panthers.com. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  12. ^ "Stamps select six players in CFL Draft". Stampeders.com. May 4, 2021. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  13. ^ Links, Zachary (May 6, 2021). "Panthers Sign Fourth-Round RB Chuba Hubbard". Pro Football Rumors. Retrieved August 7, 2021.