OSU football: As opener nears, Chuba Hubbard's preparation becoming more intense
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy did his best to protect star running back Chuba Hubbard early in camp, with no need to push the veteran running back too hard.
But over the last week, with the Cowboys’ season opener against Tulsa creeping nearer, Gundy has ramped up the intensity of Hubbard’s practice work.
“Chuba’s practiced really well,” Gundy said. “He’s practicing full-speed and getting back into a routine where he’s out there and taking a few hits and getting ready to play.
“The guys behind him have gotten a lot of work, so I feel comfortable with those players. (The next week) will be big days for Chuba conditioning-wise, getting back into a routine of getting banged around a little bit, taking some hits, taking care of the football.
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“But I like where he’s at now. This will be important for his progression getting ready for the season.”
Hubbard’s backups have primarily been senior LD Brown and junior Dez Jackson. Brown has been a regular backup throughout his career, while Jackson redshirted last year after transferring from junior college.