Canadian operating Chuba Hubbard is clearly over the ankle damage that hampered his last season at Oklahoma State College.
After speeding for two,094 yards (6.4-yard common) and 21 TDs in 2019 — probably the most in U.S. faculty soccer — the six-foot, 210-pound native of Sherwood Half, Alta., ran for 625 yards (4.7-yard common) and 5 touchdowns final 12 months. After lacking two video games with a excessive ankle sprain, Hubbard opted out the rest of the season and declared for the ’21 NFL draft.
Hubbard confirmed Thursday at Oklahoma State’s professional day he’s over the damage. Social media posts had him protecting the 40-yard sprint in a really fast 4.36 seconds though Jim Nagy, the manager director of the Senior Bowl, had Hubbard’s two instances listed at 4.50 and 4.48 seconds.
Nagy additionally had Hubbard recording a 36-inch vertical bounce, 4.26-second brief shuttle and 20 reps within the 225-pound bench press
“Simply to indicate I’m again and wholesome,” Hubbard advised reporters throughout a videoconference about what he needed to indicate within the exercise. “I’m very lucky and really grateful to be on this place.
“Just a few out of Canada even make it, just a few get drafted from the States as nicely. To be on this place I’m very grateful.”
Hubbard and linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga of Calgary each carried out earlier than scouts from all 32 NFL groups. The six-foot-one, 231-pound Ogbongbemiga mentioned he wasn’t certain of his outcomes however Nagy had the Canadian’s 40-yard sprint instances at 4.71 and 4.66 seconds, 4.28 seconds within the brief shuttle and 24 reps within the bench press.
However most eyes have been firmly fastened upon Hubbard, the redshirt junior who was eighth in voting for the 2019 Heisman Trophy, given yearly to U.S. faculty soccer’s prime participant. Hubbard, a redshirt junior, completed his faculty profession with 3,459 speeding yards (5.9-yard common) and 33 TDs in addition to 53 catches for 479 yards and three touchdowns.
“It’s simply soccer,” Hubbard mentioned of the session. “A distinct group of individuals watching, clearly.
“I’m simply going to go on the market and do my finest, do what I might after which no matter occurs from that occurs.”
Hubbard took a calculated danger returning to high school fairly than declaring for the 2020 draft, given many pundits had him as a second- or third-round choice. However Hubbard mentioned he has no regrets about his resolution.
“I’ve grown a lot this 12 months as an individual, as a frontrunner, as a soccer participant,” he mentioned. “Lots of people assume I had a down 12 months… however I needed to win a championship, I needed to get my diploma and I simply needed to mature.
“I really feel I did a whole lot of that. The one factor I wasn’t in a position to do is assist my crew win a championship and that’s one thing that may at all times form of be on my again however I hope at this subsequent stage, no matter crew decides to select me up I will help them win a championship.”
Hubbard additionally had no regrets for calling out OSU head coach Mike Gundy final summer time for showing in a photograph sporting a T-shirt selling One America Information, a far-right information community.
“On the finish of the day, I’m me,” Hubbard mentioned. “I’m somebody that’s going to face up for what’s proper, I’m going to talk up once I assume one thing is improper.
“I have a look at myself as a frontrunner, not simply on the soccer discipline but additionally off the soccer discipline. That being mentioned, I make errors… I’m a younger man, I’m nonetheless rising in a whole lot of alternative ways. The massive factor from it’s I at all times study from my errors, I at all times study from my best successes.”
Ogbongbemiga capped his collegiate profession registering 80 tackles (50 solo), 5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and three pressured fumbles in 2020. He was named the Cowboys’ defensive MVP the earlier season after recording 100 tackles (63 solo), 15.5 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks.
Ogbongbemiga mentioned being at OSU with Hubbard was mutually useful
“We needed to be the 2 individuals from Canada to come back to a program and form of take that subsequent step as a result of lots of people didn’t count on that,” he mentioned. “Lots of people in all probability thought we have been simply going to get weeded out and by no means play and doubtless have to come back again to Canada to play.
“However we had various things deliberate and we’re excited to be on this place and hopefully take the following step. It’s loopy to consider the place I got here from and the place I’m now… I can’t cease now, I simply obtained to maintain going.”
Ogbongbemiga mentioned his purpose Thursday was to indicate he’s a superb athlete.
“I needed to run fairly nicely and lots of people advised me I did,” he mentioned. “The drills have been form of my different most important focus to indicate my athleticism and flexibility and I feel I excelled in that.
“I joined the (defensive backs) and did some drills and joined the linebackers as nicely. I simply tried to indicate my hips, my fluidity and my sport. I’m simply excited for the following step of the method.”
Ogbongbemiga mentioned no matter NFL crew he joins will get a participant who’s all about soccer.
“They’re getting an individual who’s all-in on a regular basis,” he mentioned. “After I was in Canada, I’d stroll to the bus cease at 5 a.m. in two ft (60 centimetres) of snow to simply attempt to preserve getting higher and finally get (to the place) I’m at now.
“These are the issues that moulded me into the athlete I’m. I’m prepared for no matter crew to know they’re getting a participant that’s all in and can do something to assist the crew win… I simply need to play soccer.”
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