As Oklahoma State prepares to take on the Baylor Bears on Saturday afternoon, head coach Mike Gundy announced that his star running back Chuba Hubbard won’t play and is going to head to the NFL.
This is very unsurprising news for Oklahoma State fans, who saw Chuba Hubbard be honored during Senior Day, as a junior, last month.
After an incredible 2019 season where he was named the 2019 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Hubbard returned this fall with Heisman Trophy expectations.
They were probably too lofty in hindsight, but could anyone be blamed for thinking such after a 2019 campaign that saw him pile up 2,094 yards on 328 carries and 21 touchdowns?
He announced in early January that he would skip the NFL and would instead come back to Oklahoma State for one more season. This shot the Oklahoma State expectations through the rough, with the majority of the defense returning, Hubbard and star WR Tylan Wallace back, along with Spencer Sanders at QB.
However Oklahoma State’s season did not go as planned, especially in the second half. The Pokes found themselves in the Top 10 for much of the early season, but after a loss to the Texas Longhorns, the season unraveled including losses in Bedlam to Oklahoma and then last week against TCU.
That has lead to conversations around whether or not Mike Gundy is the best man to continue as the leader of the Oklahoma State football program.
Chuba Hubbard hasn’t played the last couple of games and will finish this season with 625 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 133 carries, for an average of 4.7 yards per carry.
For his career, he has 3,459 yards, for 5.9 yards per carry and 33 touchdowns.
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