OSU football: Chuba Hubbard will play in Texas Bowl, NFL future uncertain
STILLWATER — Chuba Hubbard has at least one more game in an Oklahoma State uniform.
The Cowboys star running back will play in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27 against Texas A&M. He made that clear Tuesday afternoon following practice.
But his long-term future with OSU remains unclear. He has yet to determine if he will enter the NFL Draft or return for his junior season.
Hubbard plans to make that decision slowly, sticking with “taking it day by day.” For now, he’s focused on completing his breakout season.
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“A lot of these decisions are difficult — the big ones,” Hubbard said. “But for me, I want to finish the season with my teammates and stuff like that. Just end it on the right note.”
As the Cowboys prepare to play Texas A&M in the bowl game, they have a little comfort in knowing their consensus All-American running back is suiting up.
But other personnel questions remain — particularly at quarterback.
Quarterback Spencer Sanders returned to practice following surgery on his right thumb that cost him the final two games of the season. Senior Dru Brown, who started both games, could play.
Either way, Hubbard will take the handoff from Brown or Sanders.
“It’s awesome anytime you get a guy like that out there,” Brown said. “It’s exciting, whether it’s one more game or he decides to come back. That’s up to him. But I’m really excited to play one last time with him. I think everybody’s excited to see him play one last time.”
Hubbard is just 64 rushing yards shy of 2,000, a fact he admitted he never thought about until he was asked about it Tuesday.
But playing gives him a chance to make a special season even more remarkable.
Hubbard became a consensus All-American on Tuesday when he was named to Sporting News’ All-American first team. He’s also been honored by Walter Camp and the Associated Press. He was also a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given to the country’s top running back.
All along, he’s talked about wanting to improve his family’s situation. Going to the NFL would make that happen. But he also hasn’t received his draft grade.
Until then, there might not be clarity.
“This decision depends on what you value in life,” Hubbard said. “I’ve been here for what, three years now? It’s kind of become a place where I’m accustomed to, kind of become my second home.
“But at the same time, my dream’s always been to go to the NFL. There’s a lot of things that weigh into this.”