OSU football: Chuba Hubbard's contact in practice increased last week
STILLWATER — Weighing the difficult balance between protecting his star running back and getting him prepared for game action, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy ramped up the amount of contact Chuba Hubbard was getting in practices the last couple of weeks.
The decision came after Hubbard fumbled twice in the second half against West Virginia.
The result was a 20-carry, 145-yard performance at Kansas in which Hubbard was over the 100-yard mark by halftime.
The 6-foot, 208-pound Hubbard is now averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 113 yards per game.
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“He’s practiced more,” Gundy said of Hubbard. “I think he got in a routine where he was in practice and wasn’t in as much contact as he was early in his career. Football is a very non-forgiving sport when it comes to practice. It’s extremely difficult to not practice full speed and then be effective on game day.
“Last week, he worked extremely hard. He stayed in there. He was involved in the contact part of practice, and I think you saw the result last Saturday.”