Chuba Hubbard staying at OSU for junior season
OSU football: Chuba Hubbard staying for junior season
STILLWATER — Canada’s Cowboy belongs to Oklahoma State for another season.
OSU running back Chuba Hubbard posted a video on Twitter shortly after 5 p.m. Monday that gave the announcement Poke fans had been hoping to hear for days.
“Returning. In. 2020,” the video message said, following a highlight montage of Hubbard’s spectacular 2019 season.
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And with that, OSU football excitement skyrocketed.
“See you in Jerry’s World,” the other Canadian Cowboy, linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga, tweeted in reference AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the site of the Big 12 championship game.
Hubbard led the nation in rushing yards with 2,094 and all-purpose yards with 2,334 in his redshirt sophomore season of 2019. The rushing total was the 18th-best in NCAA Division I history, and the second-best in OSU record books, behind only the 1988 season of Barry Sanders when he set the D-I record with 2,850 yards.
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Hubbard had been rated by multiple NFL Draft experts as one of the top six running backs eligible for the draft, slotted to be picked anywhere from the second to the fifth round.
Yet that outlook — and the millions of dollars tied to it — wasn’t enough to pull Hubbard away from what could be a special season in Stillwater.
Messages with sentiments similar to Ogbongbemiga’s flowed from OSU players, coaches and fans in a social media wave.
“Big 12 Champs, Stamp It!!” said recent OSU grad A.J. Green, the cornerback who is now OSU’s top NFL Draft prospect.
Tylan Wallace, one of the nation’s best receivers, had already announced he was staying for his senior season as he works his way back from a torn ACL.
Ten of the 11 starters from a much-improved defense are back, along with most of the offensive line and other receivers. And quarterback Spencer Sanders will go into his redshirt sophomore year having shown he can be reliable in addition to wildly talented.
And he’ll share the backfield with one of the country’s best runners.
The NFL will have to wait another year for Hubbard, who kept his thoughts brief on his decision.
"Life is good," he wrote, next to a Canadian flag emoji.
His fans will tip their Cowboy hats to that.